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From Living Bird magazine, Winter 2002


Model Objective
lens (mm)
Price1    . Weight (oz)2 Close focus    . Image (20x)3 Image (60x)3 "Feel"3 Eyeglasses4 Category rank5
ZOOM SPOTTING SCOPES
Bausch & Lomb Elite 80 ED 80 1,213 57.6 19' 0" 2.3 3.1 2.3 2.3 7.8
Bausch & Lomb Elite 70 70 922 41.6 33' 0" 2.8 3.1 3.4 3.7 9.8
Bushnell Spacemaster 60 298 36.8 23' 0" 2.6 3.0 2.8 2.9 9.4
Fujinon Super ED 80 80 998 54.4 16' 4" 1.6 2.3 2.3 2.0 5.4
Kowa TSN 823 82 2,163 62.4 19' 0" 1.6 1.8 1.8 2.1 2.8
Kowa TSN 663 66 1,301 41.6 16' 2" 1.3 2.7 2.4 4.4 7.7
Leica Televid 77mm APO 77 1,754 72.0 11' 0" 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.4 1.5
Leica Televid 77mm (non-APO) 77 1,254 72.0 11' 0" 1.5 2.2 1.6 1.4 3.4
Nikon ED 78 Fieldscope 78 2,521 54.4 13' 1" 1.6 2.3 2.2 3.0 4.8
Nikon Fieldscope II 60 1,692 44.8 13' 1" 1.8 2.8 2.4 3.0 7.2
Optolyth TBG80 GA/HD 80 1,498 59.2 18' 8" 1.7 2.2 2.5 2.3 6.9
Optolyth TBG100 GA/HD 100 2,298 95.4 43' 7" 1.7 2.4 2.9 2.4 7.7
Pentax PF80 HD 80 2,154 72.0 18' 0" 1.8 2.6 2.4 2.3 6.6
Swarovski ST80 HD 80 1,942 60.0 18' 0" 1.1 1.4 1.7 1.5 1.8
Swarovski ST80 80 1,487 60.0 18' 0" 1.6 2.3 1.7 1.5 4.5
Swarovski ATS 65 HD 65 1,500 48.3 8' 0" 1.2 1.8 1.6 1.4 2.4
Swift Nighthawk ED 80 1,240 48.0 28' 5" 2.5 4.4 2.5 2.0 11.8
ASTRONOMY SCOPES
Celestron C90 90 399 72.0 4' 4" 3.0 4.5 3.6 1.8 5.4
Celestron C5 125 599 88.0 10' 6" n/a 3.0 3.3 1.8 4.3
Celestron 102mm Wide View 102 329 81.6 19' 3" 1.5 3.2 2.9 1.8 4.0
Questar Birder 89 3,800 72.0 7' 2" 1.0 1.4 2.5 1.0 2.8
Tele Vue 76 76 1,675 104.0 19' 8" 1.0 1.4 2.2 1.3 2.0
Tele Vue 85 85 2,080 134.4 29' 1" 1.0 1.0 2.2 1.3 1.1


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Manufacturer's suggested retail price includes zoom eyepiece; these prices are only provided as a basis for comparison; actual prices vary greatly and may be considerably lower. 2 Weight includes standard zoom eyepiece. 3 Compared across all models (scale of 1-5, with 1 being the best). 4 Overall "friendliness" to eyeglass wearers (scale of 1-5, with 1 being the best). 5 Overall subjective ranking by 20 reviewers within each category.

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