Re: Trying to decide on Spotting Scope Under $1,000.
I have a Pentax PF80-ED that I have been very happy with. It is actually for sale in the optics for sale for much less than $1k with the 20-60 zoom eye piece and soft stay on Pentax case. It is in near perfect condition. My only reason for selling is to upgrade. I'm like you, I wanted the 80 because I had no plan of packing it, it's been used at the range, out of the truck, and on a tripod so no worries with me for size or weight!