Pentax PF-80ED 80mm Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

Pentax PF-80ED 80mm Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

Pentax PF-80ED 80mm Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

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Pentax PF-80ED 80mm Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

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Product Highlights

  • Straight Viewing
  • A Superb Large-Size Scope
  • Accepts 1.25" Astronomy Eyepieces
  • Accepts 82mm Filters
  • Pentax's SMC Multi-Coatings
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics w/ ED Glass
  • Water & Fogproof
  • Rubber Armor
  • Rotating Tripod Collar
  • Includes View-Through Case
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Pentax PF-80ED overview

  • 1Description

The Pentax PF-80ED Spotting Scope is a large and terribly impressive optical performer, with a brilliant 80mm objective lens and the ability to accept any 1.25" astronomy eyepiece as well as 82mm filters at the front of the objective. It is 100% water and fogproof, with durable rubber armor over an all-metal housing that's got a rotating tripod collar with detented stops every 45°. The fully multi-coated optics feature Pentax's well-regarded SMC multi-coating process, and an element of extra-low dispersion (ED) glass helps provide razor-sharp edge delineation to high-contrast subjects.

The PF-80ED's 1.25"-diameter eyepiece specification allows less compacting of the light shaft produced by the objective lens and thus a larger final image with superior depth perception. Any great 1.25" eyepiece can be used, from Pentax themselves to elite telescope manufacturers' eyepieces such as Meade, Celestron, Vixen, and, of course, Tele Vue. The PF-80ED has a focal length of 500mm.

The PF-80ED is among the very short list of premium spotting scopes that includes a view-through case as standard equipment. This valuable accessory is quite nearly a necessity and is not included but rather an expensive additional option with the European-made units.

Pentax supplies this scope with the Pentax USA's "Worry-Free" Warranty; Pentax will repair or replace this spotting scope to the original purchaser (even if damaged by fault) for a small shipping charge.

A superb large-class spotting scope with straight viewing
JIS Class 6 100% water and fogproof construction
Pentax's SMC multi-coatings applied to every optical surface
An extra-low dispersion (ED) glass element to provide ideal color correction and contrast
Accepts 1.25" astronomy eyepieces
Rotating tripod collar with detented click stops
Retractable hood shields objective from stray light or moisture
Accepts 82mm filters
Includes a view-through case
Pentax USA "Worry-Free" warranty
UPC: 027075048744
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Pentax PF-80ED specs

Viewing Angle Straight
Objective Lens Diameter 80 mm
Minimum Focus Distance 19.0' / 5.8 m
Fogproof Yes
Water Resistance Waterproof
Dimensions L: 15.6 x H: 4.7 x W: 3.9" / L: 396.0 x H: 119.0 x W: 99.0 mm 
Weight 3.1 lb / 1400.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.89 x 5.433 x 5.118"

Pentax PF-80ED reviews

PF-80ED 80mm Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing, Requires Eyepiece) is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best spotting scope for the $$$ The Pentax PF80 Ed is a high performance spotting scope with excellent resolution and edge to edge sharpness at all magnification settings. When compared to other spotters costing significantly more money the Pentax was at least as clear and bright and the best value in the 80mm class. This spotting scope is primarily used at the rifle range to resolve bullet holes as small as .224 at distances up to 300 meters. The Pentax PF80 ED had no problems handling this task. Very satisfied would be an understatement.
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't be sorry if you buy this I use this scope primarily for range shooting, and secondly for wildlife. I had this same scope for the last few years, and our home was burglarized and it was stolen. With insurance money, I could have bought any other one on the market, but didn't hesitate to buy this one again. The clarity is awesome, and good in lowlight too. I've used it many times in rain--no problem there. Even the case that stays on when in use is real nice and handy. For what I use it for, I have nothing negative to say.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product for price and features I'm a keen weekend astronomer and as they say the best scope is the one you use the most.I wanted a scope I could have outside at night and not be concerned about dew, frost damage.The Pentax PF-80ED scope reviewed well ( Im aware of some less than favourable reviews of this product - this was NOT the case with the scope I received) I already own Penatx ED binos and am well pleased with the optics and build quality of them. I expected the Pentax spotting scope to be the same and was not disappointed.Light weight, all metal body, water proof/fog proof construction and easy adaptability for use with compact or DSLR camera seemed to be the way to go.I have compared the scopes optics with various binoculars and my 80mm triplet apo. There is only slight chromatic aberation that I can discern with nil flaring on bright objects ( moon and jupiter.) Banding on Jupiter was clearly seen at 142x using a Nagler 3.5mm EP. Objects viewed are sharp for the middle 80% of the lens diameter with only slight blurring towards the edges - all in all, very acceptable.The focus works well and the compression ring for attaching other 1.25 inch eyepieces works well.The included storage case can be used to protect from moisture and will come in handy for leaving the scope outside, covered and ready to use at 2am. I plan to use the scope with a Nagler zoom eyepiece together with 25x100 binos on a fluid head for quick scans with binos and then high power viewing through the spotting scope mounted just to the side of the binos.This is not a triplet apo scope, but for under $ with waterproof and fogproof construction and adaption for basic astrophotogrphy available, I am very happy with my purchase. Optics are 8-9/10.
Date published: 2012-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very clear when mounted on a good solid tri-pod I was able to look thru one of these at a shooting match this spring, and that was it-decision made. you really need a very steady tri-pod if using the 20-60 eyepiece but it is very clear even at max when steady. some of the reviews sound like people do not understand eyepieces and magnification a 14 mm does not equal 14 power in a 8mm-24mm eyepiece the 8mm is the 60 power the 24mm is the 20 power. a little research before ordering the eyepiece you want would help many purchasers. mine is so clear at 60 power I am thinking about ordering a 7mm or approximately 70 power with the 80mm the 100mm scope would result in higher magnification with the same eyepiece, as well, if not usable for shooting/hunting it will be good for astronomy anyway.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible value, still I have owned my PF80-ed for over ten years and it has turned out to be a terrific purchase. The scope body includes excellent ED glass, but the real selling point is the eyepieces. The 8mm-24mm zoom (20x-60x) is excellent, particularly if one has limited expectations for viewing at over 45x or so. There now are scopes that deliver slightly better images using a zoom eyepiece, most notably large spotters made by Kowa and Swarovski. However, if one uses one of the superb Pentax fixed focal length 1.25 eyepieces the playing field is leveled--the image using the 14mm or 20mm Pentax eyepieces is if anything superior to the same magnifications using the zoom eyepieces on a Kowa, Swarovski, or other premium scope. When I am out looking at distant shorebirds other birders have been amazed at the bright, crisp images my PF80-ed achieves with the fixed Pentax eyepieces. I also have found various ways to use the PF80-ed for digiscoping, using a third party Digidapter and also by using a Baader Planetarium Hyperion 17mm. eyepiece, which includes 43mm front threads. This is an excellent spotting scope and I still an enthusiastic about it.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I'm Returning This Scope Purchased this scope based on reviews that I had read online on birding and astronomy sites, and on customer reviews. Also purchased Pentax XW 14mm eye piece. Thought it would be an awesome combination for watching wildlife. Image was dull and difficult to view even with the 20mm eye relief. Image was not really sharp. A friend of mine had just purchases a different manufacturer's 80mm scope with 20-60 power eyepiece for less than half the price of the Pentax with the eye piece, and the image was brighter, clearer, and vastly superior. I'm returning this to B&H.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Spotting Scope for Wildlife or at the Range I have had this product for over a decade. Once I bought this spotting scope, I had no more desire to upgrade. I use mine with the Pentax SMC 8mm to 24mm zoom eyepiece, so the combination is 20X to 60X. I find the 60X setting to be incredible, especially for studying targets at 100 yards. You can easily see where you've hit, what rings you've touched, and group size for even the smallest of calibers. It is even easy to distinguish between small bugs that may be walking on your target. The image is bright, contrasty, and of high resolution. I also use this set up to observe wildlife at distances up to 400 yards. It is possible to score deer on the Boone & Crockett scale at 300+ yards if you've got enough experience. As is true with any high magnification optic, this set up needs a solid platform. I use a heavy Bogen tripod. I would buy this set up again, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend or relative.
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bought it with a fix focus Pentax SMC XF 12mm eyepiece. All Pentax scopes use standard 1.25 eyepieces. It has a 82mm thread for filters. Basically a link between photo lenses and astronomy equipment. You can't go wrong with Pentax.
Date published: 2013-12-12
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