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

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Product Highlights
  • 13-30x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Waterproof & Fogproof
  • ED Glass

The angled view 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 8.1 x 2.8" (207 x 71mm) WxH [w/o eyepiece]
Weight 1 lb (470 g) [w/o eyepiece]
Nikon Fieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)
  • Padded Case
  • 25-Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    NikonFieldscope ED50 13-30x50 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Bright eyepiece (3)
    • Sensitivity controls (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Casual/ recreational (7)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (5)

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        4.0

        Excellent scope; very portable!

        By Aggiep

        from Central New Jersey

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright Eyepiece
        • Sensitivity Controls
        • Strong Magnification

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            This scope is a replacement for an older device. The older one never made it out of the house, as it was too heavy, and the optics weren't great. Enter my lovely new Nikon, which has great optics, and is so very lightweight it is going everywhere with me. Imagine, that I hardly use my binoculars on hikes, as the Nikon scope is so easy to use!

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            4.0

            Good scope

            By Barbie

            from Bowie, MD

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bright Conditions
                • Low Visibility

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

                Thoroughly pleased with this scope. I use the scope for bird watching and the clarity is very good. Easy to set up and to use and then pack away. All in all a very good purchase indeed.

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                5.0

                Great Scope

                By Bob.Bo

                from West Bloomfield, MI

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

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

                      Great light weight scope.
                      Easy to carry and fits my purposes for a "carry" scope.

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                      5.0

                      Better than most of the Big boys

                      By Basicbill

                      from Asheville, NC

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Pros

                      • Bright field of view
                      • Compact And Light
                      • Easy to focus

                      Cons

                      • Eyepiece Is Angled

                      Best Uses

                      • Birds
                      • People

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

                      When I started shopping around for a new scope, I was planning on spending the Big Bucks on a Kowa, Swarovski, Leica or Zeiss. Something with an 80 + mm objective and costing three, maybe four grand. I wandered around the net for a few days and read all the reviews on the camera store sites and then I checked the review charts published by the birdwatching magazines. I kept seeing raves about the small Nikon ED-50 A. Lots of them. One of the charts had the ED-50 A rated about fourth of ALL scopes including the high-end monsters. It even rated MUCH higher than all the bigger and more expensive Nikons. Being the skeptical and cynical type (working enforcement for EPA will do that to you), I had a hard time believing that something with a 50mm objective would bring in enough light. And, in general, the bigger scopes have a sharper focus than the small ones. But it was only xxx hundred bucks and B & H Photo said I could return it within ten days. Bought it, tested it, loved it. Real, true, deep, abiding, and passionate love. It does everything that Nikon's product description says it does. Small, extremely sharp, easy to focus, waterproof, and beyond-belief bright. But the best feature is that you can put it in your pocket. Literally. The issue with larger scopes is that they require big tripods and the whole rig can get very heavy and ponderous. Hard to stash in a car and rough on your shoulders in the field. The ED-50 A does just fine on a small tripod (Vanguard or Manfrotto - something that costs around $100) and that means YOU WON'T LEAVE IT AT HOME. The eyepiece only goes up to 30X but in nearly every situation, that's more than enough. I've found that unless viewing conditions are perfect, zooming in past 30X just gives you a bigger hawk in the eyepiece. It don't get any clearer. One small irritant. The eyepiece is angled up from a straight-on view which makes it a bit more difficult find your subject. This is a common hassle for all angled scopes. But the ED-50 A is also angled slightly right-to-left. This means that when the scope is pointed at a distant duck and you look down the line of the eyepiece, you are looking about ten degrees left of where the main barrel of the scope is pointing. This is a needless design flaw and it takes some getting used to. And I'm not quite there yet. Despite that minor issue, I really, really like this device. Highly recommended. Cheers, Bill

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                      5.0

                      My first scope

                      By Dstammer

                      from Fremont, CA

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

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

                            I bought this scope because of the excellent rating it has received. Although I have only had it for a few weeks, I like what I see. My primary use will be birding though I will also use it for my occasional trips to the shooting range. I was surprised by it's light weight. The image quality is what I expected, which is great, but I do not have much to compare it to as I bought it based on online reviews and not an extensive hands-on evaluation. I knew it did not have the twist eye cup but instead has the fold back style. Seems odd that Nikon would not include that feature on a scope that is potentially used by groups of people where some wear glass and others do not. Clearly a scope that you can easily carry in a day pack and hardly know it's there.

                            My only complaint is that it took 2 full months to arrive. I guess this is a popular item.

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                            5.0

                            good value

                            By Bluelens

                            from Pasadena CA

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                            Pros

                            • Lightweight And Compact

                            Cons

                            • Heavier Than Strait Body

                            Best Uses

                            • Wildlife observation

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

                            Good for birding and wildlife observation. Much easier on the neck than the straight body version.

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                            4.0

                            Nice small scope

                            By Bugbear

                            from St Paul, Minnesota

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

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                            Pros

                            • Bright Eyepiece
                            • Sensitivity Controls

                            Cons

                            • Lack of other eyepieces

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

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

                            This is a nice small scope - easy to take around and nice view for birding. Not the biggest fan of the rubber fold down eyepiece and wish it were twist up. Biggest negative of an otherwise nice scope is the current lack of availability of eyepieces in the US.

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                            5.0

                            Great scope - so compact

                            By mike

                            from Casper, Wyo.

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bright Eyepiece
                            • Sensitivity Controls
                            • Strong Magnification

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                It is the best scope I have seen for birding in a group. It is so lightweight and the angled eyepiece works best for people of various heights.

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