Pentax PF-80ED-A 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

Pentax PF-80ED-A 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

Pentax PF-80ED-A 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

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Pentax PF-80ED-A 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

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Product Highlights

  • Angled 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-A overview

  • 1Description

The Pentax PF-80ED-A 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-A'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 518mm.

The PF-80ED-A 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 45° angled 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: 027075064799
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Pentax PF-80ED-A 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)
  • Push-On 82mm Objective Cap f/ PF-80ED-A & PF-80ED (Replacement) vxaevavv
  • Push-On Rear Cap (Replacement)
  • View-Through Case f/ PF-80-ED
  • Limited 25-Year Warranty
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    Pentax PF-80ED-A specs

    Viewing Angle Angled
    Objective Lens Diameter 80 mm
    Minimum Focus Distance 19.0' / 5.8 m
    Fogproof Yes
    Water Resistance Waterproof
    Dimensions L: 16.3 x H: 5.3 x W: 3.9" / L: 415.0 x H: 135.0 x W: 100.0 mm 
    Weight 3.6 lb / 1620.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.638 x 7.402 x 5.827"

    Pentax PF-80ED-A reviews

    PF-80ED-A 3.1"/80mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent scope. I bought another less expensive scope and regretted it from day one. The eye relief was not great and eye fatigue set in on long days (across the course matches and longer). This scope is on the firing line with ones costing 2-3 times as much. Now I can see as well if not better than almost all of them. No more eye fatigue. I paired it with the xw14 eyepiece. That eyepiece is 35x in this scope. On a decent day I can see impacts from the 500 yard line. I noticed it before the targets were up when I could see the texture of the grass on the berm of the 500yard line. The depth and texture compared to others on that day was impressive.
    Date published: 2011-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent price/performance ratio I've been very pleased with this scope since I bought it in 2006. It's well made and has a nice smooth focus mechanism. I have both the XW14 and XW20 eyepieces. The low power eyepiece has a very wide bright field and clarity is excellent. 26x may not seem like a lot, but this eyepiece works great for me 90% of the time. It's not always about how large the image is, but rather how much detail you can see. When more magnification is needed I can switch to the 36x. Naturally this eyepiece is not as bright and the field is relatively narrow, but it's still very sharp. When you consider both cost and optical quality this scope is very worthy of consideration.
    Date published: 2010-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Nice Scope I use this for birding. It is my first spotting scope, so I have no basis for comparison (hence the 4, rather than 5 stars). I expect some of the German glass is better, but I'm not sure the value would be there, at least for me. I bought the 10mm and 20mm Pentax eyepieces. Both are very good. I use the 20mm more. I also bought a 14mm Televue Delos eyepiece that ROCKS with the scope. These 3 eyepieces give me 25x to slightly greater than 50x magnification.I see no color shift, and the image is undistorted out to the edges. The image is bright. It's big and heavy, but would not be oppressive to carry, and it needs to be on a tripod anyway.
    Date published: 2013-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Spotting Scope This scope is used for astronomy, nature, and shooting. It is my 4th spotting scope over about a 25 year period and it is my favorite. Previously, I had 2 high quality 60mms and one 77mm, all with regular glass. This one provides the most crisp and clear focus across the entire field. The ED glass also provides absolutely minimal chromatic aberration. It is easy to focus and I like the fact that it can use standard 1.25 telescope eyepieces. It works great with a Vixen 15mm long eye relief eyepiece which provides about 34X. I also use it with the Pentax 70509, 20-60X zoom. Under bright conditions, 60X is addictive!
    Date published: 2017-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great scope I use it for bird and whale watching and looking at the moon and planets. I have the 20 to 60 times zoom. Its great because of its bright image, crisp and clear focus across the whole image, and minimal chromatic aberration. Its easy to focus and the lack of a fine focus control is not an issue. While substantial, I find it fine to carry.
    Date published: 2010-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Up close, bright, and crisp. Bought this PF-80ED-A knowing it was bigger than the 65. We have avid birders and outdoor enthusiasts in our family and in just two weeks it has proved its value. We have never had a scope before, just good binoculars, and this has opened up another world. The flexibility provided by accepting standard 1.25 eyepieces is great, however I already had many I could use from our telescope. I am planing to save up an eventually get the Pentax Zoom Eyepiece for convenience. Having a Pentax K-50 DSLR, I did buy a used Pentax PF-CA35 K-mount SLR camera adaptor so that I could use the scope as a manual supertelephoto lens (1000mm f12.5). We have already taken some great shots of birds (from very far away) and of my son surfing (now high and dry from the beach!) Mind that this is a compromise from a true dedicated telephoto, but I did not have megabucks to buy both...instead I did the research and got both in one for about a fifth the price! You will want a sturdy tripod with a excellent, easy to adjust head to do this scope/lens justice.
    Date published: 2015-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Birding Scope We purchased this scope for birding, and from our initial use, this is an impressive piece of equipment for identifying birds in their natural habitat. With the Pentax SMC 8-24 mm zoom eyepiece (purchased with the scope), we are able to observe and identify raptors at over 600 yards. The image is bright with no noticeable edge aberrations. The focusing adjustment is smooth and easy to use with 1 finger rolling across the top. As a test, we also viewed the moon, and were able to observe relief features along the horizon. On the slightly negative side, the zoom function is stiff enough to occasionally cause the image to shift off the subject. This could be remedied with a more substantial tripod. This is a large, relatively heavy scope, but the image quality and magnification range suit our needs, and since much of our viewing is in relatively close proximity to our vehicle, the size/weight is not a factor.
    Date published: 2015-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy! I bought this scope, and related eyepiece separately, but it was sent as a package, including a free tripod. This combo was less expensive than B&H's combo of the same items! Go figure. I'll be using it for spotting at the rifle range and for digi-scoping. So far, have managed to take one photo of the moon, before I received the Pentas universal camera mount. It's been cloudy, so I'll have to wait for clear weather to completely test out this rig. I'm sure it will all work well, as my past experience with Pentax has been excellent.
    Date published: 2012-11-18
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