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Vanguard Endeavor 82A 20-60x82 Spotting Scope

B&H # VAE82A Mfr # ENDEAVOR 82A
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Product Highlights
  • BAK4 Porro Prisms
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Angled Eyepiece
  • Sunshield
  • Rubber Armoring
  • Magnesium Construction
  • Fine and Coarse Focusing Wheels
  • Waterproof and Fogproof

The Endeavor 82A 20-60x82 Spotting Scope from Vanguard is a zoom-power, angled eyepiece spotting scope with a large 82 mm objective delivering expansive light gathering capability. It has a plethora of features that furnish a rugged and strong, yet optically excellent, spotting scope experience. The BAK4 Porro prisms and fully multicoated lenses deliver high-contrast, high-resolution images even in low-light situations. Waterproof and fogproof, the Endeavor 82A spotting scope has rubber armoring covering a light-weight magnesium construction. The built-in sunshade adds protection from glare and excessive ambient light. A dual focus wheel system allows coarse focusing followed by fine-tuning, while the zoom wheel is conveniently located on the 20-60x eyepiece. Initially, the view line, located on the side of the scope, can be used to position the general viewing area. For unlimited and breathtaking visual vistas, this spotting scope is the way to go.

Angled eyepiece
AAOV of 35.6° - 48.2°
Dual focus wheel system enables fast and fine-tuning adjustment
Waterproof, fogproof and rubber armoring: suitable for any kind of weather
Fully multicoated optics: multiple layers on all air to glass surfaces for a brighter, higher-contrast image with less eyestrain
Magnification 20-60x
Objective Lens Diameter 82 mm
Focal Length Not Provided By Manufacturer
Field of View 20x: 1.8° - 93.4' @ 1000 yd / 31 m @ 1000 m
60x: 0.8° - 42.2' @ 1000 yd / 14 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 20x: 19.7' / 6.0 m
60x: 20.7" / 6.3 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 20x: 4.1 mm
60x: 1.4 mm
Eye Relief 20x: 20 mm
60x: 19 mm
Filter Thread None
Mounting Thread Rotating tripod collar
Weatherproofing Waterproof and fogproof
Dimensions 16.3 x 6.7" / 415 x 170 mm
Weight 60 oz / 1.74 kg
Vanguard Endeavor 82A 20-60x82 Spotting Scope
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    VanguardEndeavor 82A 20-60x82 Spotting Scope
     
    4.0

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    4.0

    Very Nice Spotting Scope

    By Retired Science Teacher

    from Liverpool, NY

    About Me Avid Adventurer

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    Pros

    • Bright Eyepiece
    • Sensitivity Controls
    • Strong Magnification

    Cons

    • Focusing at high power

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • wildlife viewing

    Comments about Vanguard Endeavor 82A 20-60x82 Spotting Scope:

    I purchased this spotting scope to have some optics that are stronger than binoculars but not as heavy to carry around as my 5-inch reflecting telescope. I bought it to look at birds, wildlife, the moon and planets.

    PROS and CONS of the OPTICS
    The 82mm main lens is big for a spotting scope and lets in a lot of light -- which is what one wants in any optics. The zoom lens goes from 20 - 60x. While there is an expected amount of light loss in the lens as you zoom from 20 to 60x, it is a VERY SMALL loss due to the 82mm objective lens. You have LOTS of light at 60x. At 60x, during a full moon, the light of the moon through the spotting scope almost overwhelms your eye. The view is spectacular.

    The eyepiece zoom lens produces a sharp image at 20x up through 45 or 50x. From around 50x to 60x I was not able to get a crystal clear sharp image of objects that were "close." Close meaning from 20 to roughly 1,000 feet away. Once you are looking beyond 1000 feet atmospheric conditions play a role in how sharp an image you are going to get. My 5-inch telescope gave a much sharper image at 1,000 feet than the spotting scope -- but I did spend more money for the telescope optics.

    At 50 - 60x the spotting scope also has chromatic aberration. Chromatic aberration is where the outlines of the objects you are looking at have a color distortion around their edges. It's not too bad at 50x, it is very noticeable at 60x.

    When I used the spotting scope to look at Jupiter, which happened to be low in the night time sky (thus I was looking through a LOT of atmosphere), I could see the 4 main moons of Jupiter as sharp dots of light. Jupiter was about as good as I could see it using my telescope! I was also able to view Venus, and could easily see the crescent shape of the planet because of it's relationship to the sun and earth. Nighttime viewing of planets was very good.

    You cannot lock normal 1.25-inch telescope lenses into the spotting scope lens mount. They will actually fit into the hole, but the opening is a bit too large and there is no way to securely hold them in place. It would have been nice to have way to lock other telescope lenses into the spotting scope. (You can carefully hand hold them in place and look through them, however.)

    I did buy the Digiscoping Adapter. It will allow the attachment of a 52mm or a 58mm DSLR camera (these numbers refer to the size of the camera lens). You screw the camera and camera lens into the adapter, and then the adapter screws into the spotting scope. I used a Nikon D60 (a camera not really made for work with a telescope) and was able to capture a few good photos. The adapter worked fine, I was the problem. I need more practice with the equipment, manual focusing and setting the camera's aperture, etc. The resulting pictures I took did NOT fill the entire rectangular frame of the photo. I got a "round photo" that, depending on the power of the zoom lens, takes up about 65% of the available photo area. These results could have just been my lack of experience with digiscoping however. As I said, I did manage to get a few sharp photos -- so I know the adapter works. I attached a photo I took of a birdbath at 30 feet away using 20x power. (This adapter will not work with most "point and shoot" cameras as they do not have the 52mm or 58mm screw threads at the end of their lenses.)

    The minimum focusing distance is around 20 - 21 feet. This number is important if you are going to use it to watch birds and your feeders are close to your viewing area. Several other scopes I looked at had a minimum focusing distance of approximately 35 feet -- which was too far away to be of any use around my home.

    If you are going to use this primarily to look at birds, note that using 60x power to look at birds that are 25 feet away may be too much power, you only see part of the bird!

    I wear glasses (I am both near and far sighted) and was able to focus the spotting scope so that I did NOT need to use my glasses with the scope.

    PROS and CONS of the BODY

    The body seems to be very sturdily built and appears to be able to take a lot of hard use. The edges are all rubberized, the metal parts are secure and feel well constructed. It comes with a lined canvas bag with a sling for easy carrying. I wish the bag had a few small pockets on it -- but it works well to carry the scope and you can keep it on the scope and and use the scope on a tripod with the canvas bag still attached.

    It has a duel course and fine focus knob which works very smoothly. It has a rotating tripod collar that allows you to rotate the scope with just a turn of a lock -- making the scope easy to adjust for viewing when standing or sitting. It has a built in sunshade. The manufacturer claims it is waterproof and fog proof - I haven't tried it in the rain yet!

    You are not going to hand-hold this scope, it weighs 3.8 pounds and is 16.7 inches long. You will need a tripod.

    There appear to be no cons with the body -- other than it's size. It has to be big, however, to have the 82mm objective lens.

    SUMMARY

    It loses one star for not having a sharp focus all the way out to 60x. Other than that, I am very pleased with my purchase.

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