Pentax PF-65EDA II 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

Pentax PF-65EDA II 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

Pentax PF-65EDA II 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

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Pentax PF-65EDA II 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)

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  • Angled Viewing
  • Accepts 1.25" Astronomy Eyepieces
  • ED Glass
  • Water & Fogproof
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The Pentax PF-65EDA II 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope is designed for high-precision outdoor viewing. It has now been improved over its predecessor by further minimizing color aberrations, resulting in truer colors.

This scope uses 1.25"-diameter eyepieces, which allow less compacting of the light shaft produced by the objective lens and thus a larger image with superior depth perception. This is a great feature, for in addition to the brilliant offerings from Pentax themselves it also means you can use the best of astronomy eyepieces from elite telescope manufacturers such as Meade, Celestron, and, of course, the venerable Tele Vues. The PF-65EDA II has a focal length of 390mm, so if you're using conventional 1.25" eyepieces you divide 390mm by the focal length of your eyepiece to determine the effective magnification. The Pentax ED scope functions brilliantly in many conditions of light and climate and is remarkably light thanks to its metallic alloy housing.

Pentax's scopes are available in either a straight-viewing or angled-viewing configuration depending on your needs. This is a personal preference that cannot easily be defined for you without firsthand experience, but the conventional thinking is that the scopes with angled viewing provide superior comfort during long observations as well as easy simultaneous use among those of differing heights, which is quite difficult with a straight-viewing design scope.

Porro prism design with Pentax's trademark Super MultiCoated optics
JIS Class 6 water and fogproof construction
American standard 1.25" diameter allows use of many telescope eyepieces
Rotating tripod collar with detented click stops
Retractable lenshood
Accepts 67mm filters
Pentax "Worry-Free" Warranty
Pentax will repair or replace this spotting scope to the original purchaser (even if damaged by fault) for a charge of $19.95. This warranty does not cover cosmetic damage, theft or loss. Replacement may be with comparable model at Pentax's discretion if the original model is no longer available.
UPC: 027075126343
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Pentax PF-65EDA II 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece)
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap for 35mm, 645 & 6x7 Lenses decvutfryytydbvx
  • Rear Cap
  • View-Through Case
  • Limited 25-Year Warranty
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    Pentax PF-65EDA II specs

    Viewing Angle Angled
    Objective Lens Diameter 65 mm
    Minimum Focus Distance 16.4' / 5.0 m
    Fogproof Yes
    Water Resistance Waterproof
    Dimensions L: 10.6 x H: 4.7 x W: 3.3" / L: 270.0 x H: 120.0 x W: 83.8 mm 
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1070.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.575 x 7.48 x 6.378"

    Pentax PF-65EDA II reviews

    PF-65EDA II 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing, Requires Eyepiece) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fine spotting scope I had this spotting scope many years ago and later regretted letting it go, so I repurchased it recently, and was not disappointed to see it was as good as I remembered. I already had a nice 8-24mm zoom lens for it and it makes a great compact, travel scope. Optically, it's a very good performer (as an Astronomer, I had to turn it onto Epsilon Lyra which showed the tight components split quite reasonably with a Nagler 2-4mm zoom lens). I took this and a light-weight tripod to the top of Enchanted Rock where I got fantastic views of the Hill Country. Not all 1.25 eyepieces are necessarily going to come to focus with this scope - my 8-24mm Hyperion Zoom only just barely focusses to infinity, so a bit more in-focus travel would be desirable, but that's a small quip.
    Date published: 2016-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great scope I can't think of anything negative to say about this scope and I am pretty fussy when it comes to optics. Well balanced, light, smooth focusing, very sharp optics, and the best part is I can use any 1 1/4 astronomical eyepiece many of which are far superior to the zooms found on spotting scopes. Wider field, better eye relief, more contrast, less internal reflections, and much less light loss at higher powers. A 30mm average field eyepiece gives almost a four degree field- wide enough to follow birds on the wing. Congratulations to Pentax for getting it right!
    Date published: 2015-03-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little scope I use this scope for birding, where I really appreciate it's compact size, sharp views and accurate color rendition. I originally paired it with the Pentax XW 14mm eyepiece, but fund it hard to use with glasses (kidney beaning and blackouts). Also, the FOV with that eyepiece was too large for my taste, forcing me to look around, which made the eye placement issues worse. I returned the XW and replaced it with the XF 12mm instead. I'm very pleased with this combo - easy to look through with great contrast, sharpness and color. The only downsides I see are a somewhat fast focused (takes a gentle touch to get perfect focus, and somewhat diddly case (I prefer a removable eyepiece cover to the fold-down flaps) and the lack of Euro panache for the price of the ED65/XF12 combo I don't think you'll find a better view.
    Date published: 2013-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for birding I was looking for a very portable scope for birding and I am glad I selected the 65EDA II. It's extremely light and the optics are great. I have used it with both a Televue 32mm plossl and a 13mm Nagler for birding and the views have been very pleasing. I like that you can use any 1.25 inch eyepiece in this scope. The free included tripod also works fine with this scope. Great price and prompt shipping from B&H.
    Date published: 2016-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done Pentax and B&H PHoto Pentax PF-65EDA II Spotting Scope I have been shopping for a spotting scope for over a year and I have not been satisfied with any of the sporting optics. They all have milky or grainy images. In researching the outdoor forums, many people sung the praises of this spotting scope from Pentax. This model is everything I thought it would be and more. It is small and light but the ED glass makes the most of every ounce. With its angled eyepiece mount and rotating collar, I have more viewing flexibility I could have hoped for. The Pentax scopes use standard 1 astronomical eyepieces which opens me up to a huge range of viewing products. All of the other sporting optics wanted to lock me into a proprietary eyepiece mount which might or might not support my digiscoping needs. With 1 standard mount, I was able to locate camera adapters for my micro four thirds camera. I bought this Pentax scope bare and purchased a separate fixed eyepiece for digiscoping. I will probably add a zoom eyepiece for field work at a later time (and I will have a huge selection to choose from). Well done Pentax and B&H Photo!
    Date published: 2013-09-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal PORTABLE spotting scope I am a professional photographer and also a astrophotographer so have extensive knowledge of optics.I was look for a spotting scope that had good optics, sealed against water, tough AND light. I use this for wildlife and also target shooting. I already have a Televue 85 APO refractor which in my comparisons optically beat ALL of the spotting scopes including the very highest priced spread. But it had two issues...very heavy and not sealed against moisture. This isn't an issue for astrophotography but it is for my intended purposes. I also considered the 80mm versions of various brands including Pentax but they all were just to heavy/bulky. For 90% of day time viewing you don't need a bigger aperture and carrying that extra weight and bulk around gets very tiring. I did some optic tests and the little Pentax passed with flying colors (actually no colors). The big selling point was that it used all of my complete set of Pentax eyepieces which I use with my astronomomy telescopes. All seven of those (5.2 to 28mm) work fine plus my 8-24mm zoom. My favorite is my trusty and beloved 8-24mm Pentax zoom eyepiece. The ability to zoom in and out and maintain the same focus (par focal) is an advantage. I also compared that eyepiece to the more recent Pentax zoom but found the 8-24 better optics in my case. I wear glasses and the much poorer eye relief of the newer zoom also was a major hit. I haven't found any negatives about the scope but the included case will fit all the Pentax eyepieces except the huge 8-24mm so you may need to remove it if that is an issue. I also tried a few of my old Plossl astronomy eyepieces and they all worked fine fact one of those light plossls might be a great choice over the heavier Pentax if your ultimate goal is to get a light spotting scope setup. But don't forget that the Pentax eyepieces and scope are all sealed against moisture and water whereas the Plossls aren't. The price through B&H was decidedly better than anywhere else and they included a Pentax fluid head tripod for free. I figured that tripod (supposedly retail of $$) would be another piece of junk to add to my junk tripods but turned out to be a VERY nice tripod for its intended purpose. I don't know if I would put my heavier medium format cameras and big lens on it but for the spotting scope or a light camera it would be a great choice. By the way...the Pentax scope is not grey market and is made in Japan....I was expecting it to be sourced from China so that was a pleasant surprise.The slip on case has some neat features like a pocket for the lens cap to hold the case open, velcro to hold various flaps in place.B&H delivered the exact product I asked for in record time (5 days one less than quoted). I had previously tried to buy the same thing from another vendor who shipped an old version of the straight through scope but at the new and more expensive price of the angled version II. I returned it and decided that would not be a good company to deal with. So...kudos to B&H.
    Date published: 2013-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fine optics and construction I am a very advanced astronomer and appreciate fine optics. I needed a spotting scope for non astronomy purposes and already had a full set of the excellent Pentax eyepieces (5-40mm) including their 8-24mm zoom that is used with my telescopes. Since the spotting scope was designed to use those same eyepieces it was a natural progression. I already have a very fine 85mm APO refractor so my main priority was to get a light, small but excellent spotting scope that was much lighter than that other scope. The 65 is ideal and for terrestrial, bird watching, etc. there is rarely a need to get a larger aperture with the current state of the optics providing a very bright image. I am also a backpacker so it is delightful to be able to put not only the spotting scope in my pack but also the light Pentax tripod I got with it. I also tried a wide assortment of other eyepieces with it...plossls worked great and if weight was the absolute issue they would be my first choice over the heavier Pentax eyepieces. I got the scope with an included Pentax tripod which turned out to be a very high quality one perfectly suited for spotting use. I have run it up to quite high powers and it still gives good images although of course that is limited by the aperture and the prism which on very high magnifications over 100x will not quite match what you can get with a mirrored diagonal...but they are no good for a spotting scope.
    Date published: 2013-12-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing I use it for viewing wildlife mainly. I bought this scope based on the rave reviews I read about it's sharpness, resolution and optical clarity. I am very disappointed in all of the above qualities. It does not meet my expectations. I have many camera lenses that are far superior in quality, although lacking in the high magnification. I have a Pentax 6x7 cm camera body that was brand new but defective from the factory at the get-go. I took it to a repairman who adjusted the film plane to get into focus. I wonder If I got another Pentax lemon due to their lax quality control. This scope is made with ED glass, and so is the XW ED eyepiece. It's top dollar optics, but the performance is not. It should be sharp as a tack, but the image is modest at best. I'd call it muddy, dull, low contrast and in no way pleasing. Sure, it's better than a $100 Celestron piece of junk; but that's not saying much. I will complain to Pentax; probably will ship it back to them and ask them to either make it better or refund my $.
    Date published: 2013-06-11
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