Last edited by Musket Man; 02-17-2014 at 04:24 PM.
I have owned a 65mm Dialyt for two years. I'm no expert on optics or spotters, but I have used a few over the years. I have been very happy with this spotter. What I like best are the quality of optics, the rubber armouring which helps make it very tough, and its streamlined design. Its streamlined design allows it to pack easily. It is a little heavy, but the advantage in optically quality is worth the weight. I have noticed the short eye relief, so I always use it with the rubber eyecup rolled down. It works fine for me that way. I am not totally thrilled about the focusing adjustment located on the objective. Seems like you impart some shaking or wobble onto the spotter whenever you make fine focusing adjustments, but it's not a deal breaker. I would replace it with another Dialyt if something happened to this one. One other good thing about it are the large and snug fitting rubber lens covers that come with it.
Thanks for the review jims! What other spotters and binos have you used? Im just curious what you are comparing it to. Thanks!
I owned a Leupold Gold Ring 12-40 x60 spotting scope for a while prior to my Zeiss spotter. I thought the optical quality of the Leupold was very close to the Zeiss, however, I did not like having the power adjustment ring adjacent to the focusing ring. I found it confusing to have both rings so close together. I also did not like the boxy shape of the Leupold for packing. I have owned a pair of Leica Trinovid 7 x 42 binoculars for over 10 years. Before I purchased my Zeiss spotting scope, I looked at and almost bought a 60 mm Swarovski angled spotter. My local Cabela's had a display model they had discounted pretty heavily at the time. I really liked the large eyepiece and thought they were very easy to look through. I just didn't think I could get used to the angled design. They tried to find a discounted straight spotter, but no luck. I would have gladly bought a straight Swarovski.
Ill remember not to buy optics through packmule
I would just order through Cabela's to get the pts, especially if I were being reimbursed.