Ricoh announces new large-aperture, high-performance PENTAX spotting scope

Ricoh announces new large-aperture, high-performance PENTAX spotting scope

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation recently announced the PENTAX PF-85EDA spotting scope, a compact, highly portable and waterproof terrestrial telescope ideal for a variety of applications including bird-watching, and nature and astronomical observations.

Newly designed optics incorporate a large-aperture 85mm objective lens delivering a bright, clear, high-contrast field of view for high-quality observations. ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical elements effectively minimize chromatic aberrations, and the latest multi-layer coating process drastically reduces reflectance. The roof prism optical design enables the PENTAX PF-85EDA to be compact and highly portable, making it comfortable to carry for outdoor explorations.

The PENTAX PF-85EDA was designed to maximize comfort and ease of use in a variety of conditions. With a dustproof glass element in the eyepiece mount, the scope is waterproof (equivalent to JIS Class 7; with water resistance to a depth of 3.2 feet) for dependable use even in the rain or mist. Its eyepiece section is slanted upward at a 45-degree angle, enabling the user to easily adjust the eye level and observe subjects while standing or sitting in a natural, relaxed posture. The eyepiece mount’s standard 31.7mm (1.25 inch) sleeve accepts a range of eyepieces including the XF series specifically designed for PENTAX spotting scopes and the XW series optimized for astronomical observation.

The scope’s interior is filled with nitrogen gas to prevent fogging caused by sudden temperature changes, ensuring a clear field of view, even in challenging weather conditions.

Pricing and availability

The PENTAX PF-85EDA spotting scope will be available in February 2024 at www.us.ricohimaging.com as well as at Ricoh Imaging-authorized retail outlets at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,299.95. A kit including the PF-85EDA spotting scope and SMC PENTAX Zoom 8-24mm Eyepiece will also be available at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,599.95.

Main features of the new PENTAX PF-85EDA

  • Bright, clear field of view
    The PENTAX PF-85EDA features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass optical elements to effectively minimize chromatic aberrations, and the latest multi-layer coating process to drastically reduce reflectance when compared with conventional models. With the combination of a full multicoating process applied to all optical elements and a phase coating process applied to the roof prism, this spotting scope delivers a clear, high-contrast field of view for high-quality observations.
  • Compact body for excellent portability
    Despite its large, 85mm-diameter objective lens, this spotting scope is designed to be compact and highly portable, thanks to the incorporation of the latest optical design featuring a roof prism. This compact design makes it easy for the user to casually carry it to a destination, and also comes in handy in a variety of applications, including bird-watching, nature and astronomical observations.
  • Compatibility with a range of eyepieces
    The eyepiece mount features an American-standard 31.7mm (1.25 inch) sleeve to accept a range of eyepieces, including the XF series specifically designed for PENTAX spotting scopes, and the XW series perfect for astronomical observation. This compatibility allows the user to choose the eyepiece that best accommodates a specific application.
  • Slanted-barrel design
    The eyepiece section is slanted upward at a 45-degree angle, allowing the user to easily adjust the eye level and observe the subject in a natural, relaxed posture without the need to look up. This slanted-barrel design even allows the user to observe the subject over a long period of time in comfort.
  • Waterproofed for use in a rain
    By inserting a dustproof glass element in the eyepiece mount, the spotting scope is designed to be airtight for outstanding waterproof performance (equivalent to JIS Class 7; with water resistance to a depth of one meter*) for dependable use even in the rain or mist.
  • Nitrogen-filled body for a clear field of view without fogging
    The interior of this spotting scope is filled with nitrogen gas to prevent fogging caused by sudden temperature changes, assuring a clear field of view even in demanding weather conditions.
  • **This model cannot be used underwater.

For further information and full specifications, please visit www.us.ricoh-imaging.com