Orion 52205 GrandView 16-48x65mm Waterproof Zoom Spotting Scope (Green)
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- Rugged waterproof spotting scope with a zoom range of 16-power to 48-power
- Perfect for outdoor viewing of birds, wildlife, boats on water, scenic landmarks, and more
- Waterproof construction lets you see distant objects in virtually any weather
- Big 65mm objective lens and fully multi-coated optics provide bright, clear views full of contrast
- Features mount rail for optional Orion EZ Finder Deluxe II Reflex Sight (sold separately) to help aid in aiming
- Rugged waterproof spotting scope with a zoom range of 16-power to 48-power^ Perfect for outdoor viewing of birds, wildlife, boats on water, scenic landmarks, and more^ Waterproof construction lets you see distant objects in virtually any weather^ Big 65mm objective lens and fully multi-coated optics provide bright, clear views full of contrast^ Features mount rail for optional Orion EZ Finder Deluxe II Reflex Sight (sold separately) to help aid in aiming
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With excellent fully multi-coated optics packed into a durable, waterproof housing, the new Orion Grandview Waterproof Zoom spotter will amaze you with crisply detailed views of the outdoors. Like the name says, the Grandview spotting scope provides a zoom magnification range of 16x all the way up to 45x and features a big, 65mm objective lens for bright daytime views full of contrast. Fully multi-coated optics throughout the spotter ensures maximum light transmission for sharp, finely resolved outdoor observations. Scan the surroundings at low 16x power, then bump up to 32x or 48x for closer looks of interesting birds, wildlife, scenic landmarks, or other outdoor targets. An extendable dew-shield helps to prevent dew from accumulating on the objective lens, and also optimizes your views by blocking peripheral light. Focus adjustments are buttery smooth so you'll enjoy every outdoor spotting session with this portable spotter. The Grandview 16-48x65mm spotting scope's zoom eyepiece is positioned at a convenient 45 degree angle so you can view objects on and around the horizon in contortion-free comfort. A nice metal thread-on eyepiece cover keeps the spotting scope's eyepiece safe and clean when not in use. The waterproof Orion Grandview 16-48x65mm Zoom Spotting Scope can be attached to a wide variety of tripods and altazimuth mounts, thanks to its narrow-format dovetail mounting block which features multiple 1/4 inch-20 threaded sockets. You can even rotate the Grandview Zoom Spotting Scope within its tripod mounting collar, and use the attached thumbscrew to secure it in-place to lock your preferred position. Built for the outdoors, the affordably priced Grandview 16-48x65mm Waterproof Zoom Spotting Scope can be taken virtually anywhere you roam in its soft, view-through carrying case with adjustable shoulder strap.
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Max exit pupil...4.2mm
Field of view(FOV)...132 ft
Celestron Ultima 65:
Max exit pupil....3.6mm
Celestron Ultima 80:
Max exit pupil.....4.0mm
Meade Wilderness 15-45X65mm:
Max exit pupil....4.3mm
As you can see, in this price range, the only scope that competes with the Orion Grandview from a specifications standpoint is the Meade Wilderness. The very popular Celestron Ultima 80 has a smaller exit pupil and less FOV than the Grandview, and the same goes for the Ultima 65. If you hope to wear eyeglasses while viewing, the Meade Wilderness with 21mm or eye relief may be the better choice, but I chose FOV over eye relief. In wildlife viewing, you don't usually have much time to find the target.
And I am more than pleased with this scope. From 16X to about 25X the sharpness and contrast is exceptional! And I mean really exceptional! At 48X I can read 0.130" lettering on a matchbox 100 yards away, but the image is soft and the contrast is weak. Under dark, overcast skies, I can no longer read the same lettering.
UPDATE (5-9-2016): So I've had a chance to use this scope in many different conditions, and I have found its pros and cons, and I am still very pleased.
Below 25X, image sharpness is excellent, and very good up to 32X. In low light conditions, this scope is brighter than my ED glass binoculars, even though the aperture/magnification is 30% greater. The focus adjustment is smooth and precise, and the scope is very lightweight.
Above 32X, image sharpness and contrast roll off noticeably (Keeping in mind that at 48X at 100 yards, I could read 0.130" lettering (that's less than 5/32 of an inch) in average light), and chromatic aberration becomes apparent. The zoom adjustment feels a little rough, and in some lighting conditions, a small amount of glare is evident.
On a lake recently, at 205 yards (confirmed on Google Earth), there was nothing I could not appreciate about a Great Blue Heron. I could clearly see his crown stripe! At 150 yards, I could clearly make out the small orange stripe in front of the eye of a Double-crested Cormorant. Last week, I easily identified a Brown Creeper at 180 yards! And all these distances were confirmed on Google Earth.
The more I use this scope the more I like it. Maybe someday I will want a scope that remains as sharp at 48X as it is at 16X, but for now, I have had no use for anything above 32X. Consequently, I am thoroughly enjoying this scope.
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Irgendwann, bei irgendeiner Bewertung las ich dann bei diesem hier, es wäre für Digiscoping zu gebrauchen. Mein Gedanke war, das es ja wohl keine so schlechte Abbildungsleistung haben kann. Und so kaufte ich es.
Da ich keinen Vergleich habe, möchte ich mich auch nicht über die großartig Qualität auslassen. Aber für mein Empfinden sind Preis/Leistung top.
Ich war damit an der belgischen Küste und hatte keine Probleme Vögel in 200 Meter Entfernung zu unterscheiden. Z.B. konnte ich den roten Punkt am Schnabel einer Heringsmöwe erkennen. Die TÜV Plakette an unserem Auto war deutlich zu lesen aus ca. 35m Entfernung. Ich kann nicht feststellen, das die Lichtstärke abfällt (hab ich bei anderen Rezensionen gelesen). Die Einstellmöglichkeiten sind leicht und gehen gut von der Hand, auch für meinen Sohn (7Jahre).
Ich hatte das Fernglas immer auf meinem Fotostativ montiert, sonst wackelt es schon sehr auch bei der Anfangsvergrößerung (normal).
Alles in allem bin ich top zufrieden mit dem Fernglas.
Wie gesagt, ich habe keine Ahnung von Spektiven, hatte aber das Gefühl das manche Rezensenten mit angeblich viel Ahnung einem günstigen Spektiv schlechte Leistungen ankreiden und ein 100€ Spektiv mit einem für 2000€ vergleichen. Der Vergleich kann nur hinken....