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    Nikon fieldscope 50mm ED

    Wonder what people thought about this spotting scope?

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    I second that...
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    We have put our Nikon ED 50s to good use over the past couple of years. I think this is definitely the best compact spotter on the market right now. I have quite carrying my big spotters on my backpack hunts and switched over to the ED 50 on those hunts all together. Sometimes I miss the clarity and light gathering ability of the bigger spotter but I certainly don't miss the weight. I will say, that for elk this scope is the ticket but for some mule deer hunts you might still want to bring the bigger, heavier glass with you. I hope this helps to clarify.
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    Thanks for the reply! I have seen you guys use it on the show and just want so first hand feed back. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy View Post
    We have put our Nikon ED 50s to good use over the past couple of years. I think this is definitely the best compact spotter on the market right now. I have quite carrying my big spotters on my backpack hunts and switched over to the ED 50 on those hunts all together. Sometimes I miss the clarity and light gathering ability of the bigger spotter but I certainly don't miss the weight. I will say, that for elk this scope is the ticket but for some mule deer hunts you might still want to bring the bigger, heavier glass with you. I hope this helps to clarify.
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    I have an ED50 with the straight eyepiece, 16x digiscope eyepiece, and the 13-30x zoom (the one that's used the most). What I have found is that with most all the spotting scopes I have owned/tested, a 2mm exit pupil is about as low as I want to go. This means 25x max with the 50mm Nikon. I also have a general rule about magnification... 1x for every hundred yards (i.e. you should be able to spot and get a "decent" view of a buck at 100 yards with your naked eye... at 200 yards, you need 2x... at 1000 yards you need 10x... etc.). Of course, this is just a ballpark estimate. More magnification would be even better if the image quality remains good.

    So the ED50 gives me a good image up to 25x. I think 25x is good to 2500 yards. Again, this is my ballpark way of thinking about scopes and their application. This seems to work fairly well in the field too. Based on this, I feel that the ED50 is a great scope to "carry", but if you want to spot bedded bucks at 2 miles, this is not the right scope. At 2 miles, 25x is not good enough. 2 miles might seem far to some, but it depends on where you hunt. Atmospheric conditions will come into play at these distances too. And, if its dawn or dusk, a 2mm exit pupil is too small.

    Whether the ED50 is good for you depends on how you plan to use it. I would suggest thinking about how far you want to be able to use the scope, and think about the exit pupil, objective size, and magnification like I described to figure out what size scope you will need. And then, think about whether you want to carry that scope!
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    I've used mine the last four years on back-packs hunts into CO wilderness areas. I've got no complaints at all.....compact, light weight, and good clarity. If I were going in with horses, my Swarovski scope would also go.....but for trips where you're looking to cut weight and not sacrifice quality, you can't beat the Nikon 50mm ED scope, IMO.

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    Why is it so hard to find ?? I can find it but usually stores don't carry it for some reason.
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    Dear skybuster and all,

    From the advice of Mr. Eastman, I got this scope and like it a great deal but I have yet to use it in the field. I, too, had a very difficult time finding it but when I got a hold of the guys at Nikon, they recommended I go to B&H Photo's Web site (www.bhphotovideo.com) and order from them. I got great service, help and price. And even the guys at B&H Photo said it was a good scope - especially for the price.

    Greg S. Jackson
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    They are pretty hard to find, for some reason. I think the goobers that do the buying for the big box outfits think it is a silly product. I would just go to Nikon and order it direct from them. I think you can get it at: www.nikonhunting.com. Good luck finding one.
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