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Nikon Prostaff 3 16-48x60 Spotting Scope Kit (Straight Viewing)

B&H # NI1648X60P3S MFR # 6983
Nikon Prostaff 3 16-48x60 Spotting Scope Kit (Straight Viewing)


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Product Highlights

  • 16-48x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Eco-Glass Elements and Prisms
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof
  • Included Tripod/Carrying Case
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You Pay: $326.95

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The straight view Prostaff 3 16-48x60 Spotting Scope Kit from Nikon combines a fully multicoated optical path and a weather-sealed housing to create a well-equipped optic for intermediate to long-range observations. In addition to the 16-48x60 spotting scope, this outfit includes a multi-section tripod with lever lock-adjustable legs and a pan/tilt head as well as a soft carrying case to conveniently transport this Fieldscope system.

At the core of Nikon's Prostaff 3 spotting scope are environmentally-friendly Eco-Glass elements and prisms that are composed of responsibly-sourced arsenic-free material. The entire optical system is fully multicoated, resulting in enhanced low-light performance and contrast-rich images that are crisp throughout the zoom range. A nitrogen-filled fogproof/waterproof housing, 11-foot close focus distance, and included accessories make the Prostaff 3 16-48x60 outfit a full-featured spotting scope kit for almost any recreational glassing activity.

Optical Performance
  • 16-48x magnification, 60mm objective
  • Fully multicoated Eco-Glass elements and prisms
  • 120 ft (36.6m) field of view at 1000 yd
  • 2.3° angle of view, 37° apparent viewing angle at 16x
  • 10.9 ft (3.3m) close focusing distance
  • 19mm eye relief, 3.8mm exit pupil
Use and Handling
  • Integrated straight view eyepiece in-line with objective
  • Included adjustable tripod with lever leg locks and pan/tilt head
  • Carrying case accommodates scope and tripod
  • Integrated 1/4" tripod mounting socket
Construction Details
  • Nitrogen-filled fogproof/waterproof housing
  • Shockproof construction
  • 21.9 oz (621g) weight
Magnification 16.0 - 48.0x
Objective Lens Diameter 60 mm
Angle of View 2.3°
Field of View 16x: 120 ft (36.6 m) at 1000 yd
Minimum Focus Distance 10.9 ft (3.3 m)
Exit Pupil Diameter 16x: 3.8 mm
Eye Relief 16x: 19 mm
Mounting Thread 1/4"
Weatherproofing Waterproof/fogproof
Dimensions 12.3 x 2.9" (31 x 7 cm)
Weight 21.9 oz (621 g)
Nikon Prostaff 3 16-48x60 Spotting Scope Kit (Straight Viewing)
  • Tripod
  • Carrying Case
  • 25 Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free


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    NikonProstaff 3 16-48x60 Spotting Scope Kit (Straight Viewing)

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    Decent scope with a lousy tripod

    By NoviceTargetShooter

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer


    • Strong Magnification


    • Poorly Illuminated

    Best Uses

    • Bright Conditions
    • Shooting

    Comments about Nikon Prostaff 3 16-48x60 Spotting Scope Kit (Straight Viewing):

    This is a good scope for the money especially at B&H which is a good $100 less than the best price on the internet. However the tripod is totally useless, very light and super shaky. Luckily I have a hefty camera tripod which fits the existing tripod mount on the scope. Excessive chromatic aberration past 30X magnification. Good for glassing 1/2" holes on regular target paper up to 175 yards in good daylight (will probably increase the distance on the fluorescent paper). Probably wouldn't use it for serious ornithology as the colors at large distance and high magnification will be messed up. Eye relief not super good, have to get my eyeball all the way up to the eyepiece. Don't buy if you don't have a separate heavy tripod.

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    Prostaff 3 16-48x60

    By Jim

    from Lindstrom MN

    Verified Buyer



        Best Uses

        • Hunting
        • Shooting

        Comments about Nikon Prostaff 3 16-48x60 Spotting Scope Kit (Straight Viewing):

        Simple, clear, good scope for the money

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        very clear and great value

        By leon 79705

        from Midland TX

        Comments about Nikon Prostaff 3 16-48x60 Spotting Scope Kit (Straight Viewing):

        This spotting scope is very clear. I can even read signs over 500 yards away with 48X. Great size for glassing deer or elk .

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