About Nikon Spotter XL II Spotting Scope - 16-48x60mm
2nds. Extremely compact for having a 60mm objective, the Nikon Spotter XL II spotting scope is waterproof and fogproof with nitrogen-purged, sealed O-ring construction.
Specs about Nikon Spotter XL II Spotting Scope - 16-48x60mm
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Most Helpful 2-Star Review
Reviewed by P in AK from Coastal Alaska on Thursday, September 20, 2012The box states right on it that this is a factory refurbished product with a 90 day warranty. My scope showed up with obvious marks on the tripod foot showing it had been mounted and used, and a couple of dings/scrapes near the eyepiece that went right through the black anodizing showed raw metal underneath. The focus mechanism in the eyepiece itself was totally jammed at first and it took a lot of force with both hands to break it loose so that the scope would focus at all. Now it does turn, but it's not the smoothest. I suspect the scope got dropped on the eyepiece end at some point.
The tripod mount hole is not a standard 1/4 x 20 thread so none of my tripods fit. The Nikon website states that their tripods use 1/4 x 20 screws. After much searching at the hardware store I figured out the real screw size is metric: M8 x 1.25. Apparently this scope was meant for overseas (metric) markets and not the USA.
The eye relief at 16x zoom is ok and you can look through the scope with glasses on (perhaps truly the 19 mm state in the specs). By 20x there is serious vignetting, and by 48x it looks like you are peeking through a pinhole when wearing glasses as the eye relief drops off fast. If you don't wear glasses and stick your eyeball right up to the eyepiece, then you get the full field of view throughout the zoom range. Forget wearing shooting glasses with this scope at anything other than the shortest zoom. The front lens has fingerprint smears on the glass. The folks who do the refurbishing at Nikon don't show much pride in their work.
The image is nice and sharp from 16x through about 25x. By 30x things are a little soft out at the edges but it's still acceptable. By 48x the image is a bit muddy and is getting pretty dark with noticeable degradation of sharpness. The real bummer is that the focus drifts when you zoom, and so you need to constantly refocus as you change the zoom level even if you keep looking at the same object.
Maybe I just got a really abused scope, but I'm not that impressed with the physical state of the optic, the eye-relief at higher powers is less than desirable, and the fact that you need to refocus after zooming is not something I would expect from a camera lens company.
- Best Uses: Spotting Stuff
- Cons: Dings And Scrapes, Factory Refurbished, Missing parts, Not Smooth Focus
- Pros: Not too heavy, Somewhat compact
Question & Answer
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â€¢ 2nds: Minor cosmetic blemishes or irregulars which do not affect the fit, performance, or longevity of the item. Label is usually clipped by the manufacturer.
“How does this focus? One picture shows the front portion sliding foward is this the focus adjustment or only a lens shade? and if so is their a focus and power adjustment ring in the rear?”
The Scope adjusts at the eye piece by using a power adjustment ring. Thanks for asking.
“If this item is a "2nd," what's the nature of the defect? Does it still have the manufacturer's full warranty?|Thanks very much,||Jim”
The product is not a second, it is a closeout/discontinued item and it still has the manufactures full warranty.