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Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

B&H # NI30X50SB Mfr # 8320
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Product Highlights
  • 13-30x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Waterproof & Fogproof
  • ED Glass

The straight viewing Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope from Nikon is a compact and lightweight spotting scope with a 50mm ED (Extra-low Dispersion) objective lens for chromatic aberration. Nikon especially developed ED glass to provide precise optical color correction.
 

The ED50 scope is offered as straight or angled viewing design. Most users will prefer angled scopes because they are both simple to use for birds perched high above the viewer as well as easily simultaneously shared amongst users of differing heights. But some will prefer the straight viewing models, for these are much easier to use when hunting down the object of interest in the first place.

Nikon's Fieldscope line of spotting scopes are premium offerings to compete with the best of sports optics manufactured in Japan or Europe. You choose your options based on concerns for mass and budget: straight or angled, objective diameter, and whether to spring for the ED (extra-low dispersion) glass for more favorable appreciation of highly detailed subjects.


All of Nikon's spotting scope line is backed up by the "No-Fault" 25-year warranty. Regardless of what happens to your scope-even of your own negligence-Nikon will repair or replace (at their option) your scope for just $10 plus the return shipping costs.

Waterproof (up to 3.3'/1m for 5 minutes) and fog free with nitrogen gas
Conventional six MC eyepieces and three Wide DS eyepieces are compatible
Multi-layer coated lenses
55mm filter attachable to the objective
Magnification 13-30x
Objective Lens Diameter 50mm
Angle of View at 13x (unspecified otherwise)
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 157' (52 m at 1000 m) at 13x (unspecified otherwise)
Minimum Focus Distance 26.2' (3 m)
Exit Pupil Diameter 13x: 3.8mm
30x: 1.6mm
Eye Relief 13mm at 13x (unspecified otherwise)
Relative Brightness 13x: 13.5
30x:  2.5
Twilight Factor 13x: 25.5
30x: 38.8
Weatherproofing Waterproof (up to 3.3'/1 m for 5 minutes) and fog free with nitrogen gas
Dimensions 8.2 x 2.8" (209 x 71mm) WxH [w/o eyepiece]
Weight 1 lb (455 g) [w/o eyepiece]
Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)
  • Padded Case
  • 25-Year Limited Warranty
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    NikonFieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)
     
    4.8

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (12)
    • Quality lenses (10)
    • Compact (9)
    • Waterproof (6)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife viewing (9)
      • Bird watching (8)
      • Hunting (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid adventurer (11)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Good Things Come in Small Packages

      By Birder Tim

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright Eyepiece
      • Lightweight
      • Sealed Against Humidity
      • Sensitivity Controls

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bright Conditions
        • Shooting

        Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

        My brother brought this scope to Costa Rica last year, and I was so impressed I had to get my own. I bought this scope primarily to use as a travel scope when space is tight, and as a scope light enough to take on long hikes. This scope can easily be carried onto an airplane in a carry-on bag. I love the light weight, as well as the brightness of the image. I will probably end up springing for a more powerful eyepiece before my next trip overseas, as the 13-30 eyepiece that came with it has limited magnification.

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        5.0

        Wow

        By Katespleasures

        from Texas

        Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

        Christmas present so still new. It came much faster than expected and in great condition. I took it out to view waterfowl with other birders Mine was the smallest and lightest scope in the group so great for field work. I used it handheld and passed it around. Wow was the unanimous reaction. Super clear and bright. Focus is easy to use. . I ordered a handholding case and will also try with monopod and light tripod depending on trip. I chose straight scope because other reviewers stated optics were brighter for this compact beauty than in the angles version. I have not compared them. It would be easy to window mount if desired. Many reviewers have recommended sliced wide angle eyepieces for better field of view but the zoom lens is quite good as is. I used without eyeglasses and I think the fold down eye cup could be annoying to those who switch back and forth. The case is great for carrying but you cannot use the scope without removing it entirely. This little gem will go virtually anywhere I can so I am looking forward to lots of use.

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        5.0

        Great Optics

        By JB

        from Indpls

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses
        • Waterproof
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hunting
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

          Probably the best 50mm scope available. Very low weight with good magnification. Great for backpacking hunters.

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          5.0

          Great Light Weight Scope

          By birder585

          from Rochester, NY

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses
          • Waterproof

          Cons

          • No On-scope Case
          • Slippery To Hold

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

          We are using this for birding. It is very light weight making it easily portable for hikes when we don't want to drag around a big heavy scope. It is a nice cross between binos and a full sized scope, able to be hand-held but more powerful than binos. The case it comes with is not field-use friendly. It has to be totally removed from the bag-like case to be used and is somewhat slippery to hold. Could not find an "on scope" protective case in the US but have 1 coming from the UK. Hope it works.

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          4.0

          Wonderful and tiny scope

          By Montanero

          from Earth

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Hunting
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

            This is the scope that I carry now. Excellent views, low weight, really enjoying the wonderful views this small scope provides.

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            5.0

            Light and easy for travel

            By Bluelens

            from Pasadena CA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Close Focus
            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Hunting
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

              The light weight impressed my fellow birdwatchers. Glasses wearers need to fold back the eyepiece housing. The angle body version is the same price.

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              5.0

              nikon ed50 spotting scope

              By big john

              from paradise,ca

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Close Focus
              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hunting
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

                i finally decided to go with the ed50 and boy,what a spotting scope it turned out to be!! very compact and light( i bought it for backpack hunts)and SUPER bright and crisp field of view...the detail is absolutly incredible.you can look through it as long as you wish with no problem..big performance in a small package.i highly reccomend this spotting scope!!!

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                4.0

                Great smaller scope

                By Raven15

                from Nevada

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Quality Lenses

                Cons

                • Difficult To Focus
                • Lens Caps fall off

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Hunting
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

                This scope has very good image quality and is small and less expensive compared to scopes with similar quality. Just what I wanted! My friend bought an expensive 65mm scope of a different brand without ED glass, and the image had strong magenta frames around all objects on the horizon. Not so with this scope, the image is clear like water. Also, with a 50mm objective lens it is brighter at 30x than any 60mm or even 85mm scope is at 60x zoom.

                Very light weight makes it convenient to carry in any situation, even if you are going long distances over steep terrain and need to save your pack weight for other things. I just carried it up a steep mountain where I found an old undisturbed wreck that proved no one had been there in at least 25 years.

                Downsides:
                -working the zoom and focus isn't as intuitive as I would like.
                -lens caps keep falling off, I replaced the objective lens cap with a screw on aluminum lens cap after I lost it, much better, never falls off. The eye lens cap still falls off because I haven't lost it yet.
                -not quite as sharp at 30x zoom as at 13x, but I should point out that this is a) not that big a deal, b) common even on very expensive zoom lenses, and c) you can replace the 13x-30x eyepiece with a fixed 27x eyepiece with great image quality (more than enough to make up for the reduced "x") if it is important to you.

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                5.0

                GREAT VALUE, EASY TO CARY

                By PANTHONY

                from DENVER,CO

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Hunting
                  • Sporting Events/Concerts

                  Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

                  LIGHTWEIGHT, EXCELLENT OPTICS

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                  5.0

                  Superb

                  By Birding Fanatic

                  from Seattle, WA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Waterproof

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

                    Wildlife observation while hiking and on horseback. Exceptional optics in such a small package.

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                    5.0

                    Compact spotting scope meets our needs

                    By Trail blazers

                    from Jupiter, Florida

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Waterproof

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

                      I bought this scope for my wife and son who have quickly becoming avid birders.
                      We needed a scope for short day hikes and longer backpacking trips that 1. was compact and lightweight, and 2. provided a clear image of small objects in the distance.
                      This scope more than met my expectations.
                      A lightweight tripod helps stabilize the scope and the image is crisp and clear.
                      My son plans to use his Nikon 3000 to digiscope.

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                      5.0

                      Quality scope for the price

                      By Scout Witt

                      from Santa Rosa, CA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Lenses
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bird Watching
                        • Wildlife Viewing

                        Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

                        I use this mostly for scoping birds. Hope to use it digiscoping when I get the adapter. Its lightweight, and portable with good optics.

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                        5.0

                        Goldilocks would say, "Just Right"

                        By RedCardinal

                        from Lake City, SC

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Ergonomic
                        • Ligthweight
                        • Small

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Hiking
                          • LE observations
                          • Security
                          • Shooting
                          • Wildlife Observations

                          Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

                          I bought this scope for all purpose use hoping that it would perform well on 75% of intended uses. I wanted it for the shooting range, wildlife observation especially in a deer stand, and for law enforcement purposes. Although it is lightweight and small, the ED lens are terrific as they produce bright and sharp images whether close up or at longer distances. Focusing is easy and fast. Very useful with or without a tripod. There were no significant cons, but a little more eye relief for glasses would make it a 100% plus scope for me.

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                          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I would have never believed it

                          By Guedo Bartlioni

                          from Huntsville, AL

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                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Compact
                          • Quality Lenses
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy
                            • Bird Watching
                            • Bright Conditions
                            • Hiking/Backpacking
                            • Hunting
                            • Low Visibility
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing):

                            I actually stole this scope at a Gander Mountain store cheap, and I would have never believed what it is capable of. It truely is a full-up Fieldscope with optics on par with its larger brothers. It is light and I read many reviews saying the bird freaks are leaving their Fieldscope 82 EDs at home and taking this one to the field to save weight. I'm genuinely amazed and that doesn't happen very often.

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