Anyone else tried the new Nikon 13-30x50 ED Spotting Scope
I got one a month ago despite not being able to find virtually any info out there from folks who had one yet. Although I have only had it in the field or at the range a half-dozen times, I have to say I am extremely suprised at the performance for the price ($700, so it's not an economy model, nor is it in the Swarovski realm.) For a 50mm objective spotting scope it has very, very suprising low-light performance and the contrast/resolution/detail (even at dim light) is the best I've seen. It has far better clarity and resolution than my older Leupold 12-40x60 I got rid of a couple years back. Right after getting it I tried a comparison after dark with a very, very dimly lit object at 100 yards between the spotting scope and some of the better optics I had on hand at the time: a 3.5-10x44 Zeiss Conquest set at 8x and a Leupold Vari-X III 2.5-8x36 set on 6 power. The spotting scope, set at 13x and thus with smaller exit pupil diameter, nonetheless easily bested both MUCH to my suprise. I've not owned any other Nikon optics in the past, but this sure made me rethink that possibility... Needless to say however my 8.5x42 Swarovski binos bested the Nikon spotter for low-light performance and contrast/resolution/detail, but not by nearly as much as one would expect given the price difference.
Anyone else had a chance to compare them side by side with some actual other 50mm spotting scopes? I'd be interested in hearing your impressions comparing apples to apples (spotting scope to spotting scope I mean.)
I can say this, it's a tiny little bugger, as I recall about 8.25" long and 16 ounces, and it's performance handily outpaces the performance I expected in a package this size. You can be sure with this level of clarity in that small a package, it will be in my fanny pack traveling with me for most of my hunting season! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] Best $700 I've spent in a good long while frankly.
Hope that info helps someone out there!