Elite 60mm 15-45x zoom, with "Rainguard"

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If you want totally waterproof and fogproof optics in a durable and lightweight package – be it for kayaking, marshland or shore birding, or anywhere rough treatment and an occasional soaking are expected – you’d be hard-pressed to equal the performance and durability of this exceptional little gem. Its roof prism design allows a much more compact body shape than is possible with the bulky porro prism housing of a conventional spotting scope. The Bushnell 60mm Elite roof prism spotting scope is ideal for someone who needs an armored scope that can handle virtually any sort of rough treatment and bad weather, yet is compact and light enough to take anywhere in the world.

The Elite’s fully multicoated 60mm crown and flint glass achromatic objective lens gives crisp and bright images, with only mild and well-controlled chromatic aberration. Because of the optical design needed to keep the scope compact, the roof prism Elite is not quite as bright as a porro prism scope of the same aperture, due to unavoidable light losses within the Elite’s image-erecting prism. The difference can generally only be seen in a low light side-by-side comparison of the scope types, however, and is not noticeable in typical observing situations.

PC3 phase-correcting coatings on the roof prisms provide visibly better color fidelity and detail when observing the shadowed areas of a backlit or silhouetted bird. This makes difficult identifications easier when looking towards the rising or setting sun.

The Rainguard coatings on the 60mm Elite are special permanent hydrophobic (water-repelling) coatings that are applied to the Elite’s external optics (objective lens and eyepiece). They cause the condensation from rain, fog, snow, or your own breath to form in much smaller droplets than those on conventional optics. Smaller droplets scatter less light, resulting in higher light transmission and a much clearer image. The Rainguard Elite can even be used in a driving rain.

Naturally, to complement the water-shedding external Rainguard optical coatings, the Elite is filled with dry nitrogen and sealed to be totally waterproof and internally fogproof for a lifetime of use in all climates and temperatures – from Attu’s cold and damp to the steaming rain forests of Costa Rica. Its one-piece seamless aluminum body is clad in black rubber armor for exceptional durability and resistance to the elements, as well as providing a more comfortable grip in all climates.

The Elite’s objective lens cover is tethered to the scope so it can’t be lost. A hard slip-on protective eyepiece cover is standard equipment. The supplied soft nylon case has a convenient belt loop for no-hands carrying. The Elite can be mounted on a tripod while still in its case. The zippered case flaps fold down so you can observe without having to take the scope out of its case.

A soft rubber eyepiece rim protects eyeglasses from scratches. Focus shifts from the horizon down to 30’ in less than one turn of the knurled focus ring, while a quarter-turn of the separate knurled power ring zooms from a 15x wide angle (125’ field at 1000 yards) to a crisply-detailed 45x close-up (with a still-wide 65’ field).

The specifications shown at the left are for use at 15x. The usable eye relief at that power is a very good 18mm, for comfortable and virtually unrestricted viewing by eyeglass wearers.
From 30x to 45x, eye relief is a still-reasonable 10mm, allowing high power eyeglass use without seriously limiting the field. At 30x, the field of view is 80’ at 1000 yards.
At 45x, the field of view is 65’ at 1000 yards.

The 60mm Elite is not adaptable to photography.

Magnification is the ability of a telescope to make a small, distant object large enough to examine in detail. If you look at the Moon (250,000 miles away) with a 125 power (125x) telescope, it's essentially the same as looking at it with your bare eyes from 2000 miles away (250,000 ÷ 125 = 2000). The same telescope used terrestrially will make an object one mile away appear to be only 42 feet away (5280 feet ÷ 125 = 42).
The magnification of a telescope is determined by dividing the focal length of the telescope (usually in millimeters) by the focal length of the eyepiece used (again, usually in millimeters; but in all cases by the same unit of measurement used for the telescope focal length). For example, a 2000mm focal length telescope and a 10mm focal length eyepiece will give you a magnification of 200 power (2000 ÷ 10 = 200). The same 2000mm telescope with a 20mm eyepiece will give you 100x (2000 ÷ 20 = 100).
Field of view 1000 yards:
125' @ 15x
Near Focus:
Eye Relief:
Eye relief is the distance from the last surface of the eye lens of an eyepiece to the plane behind the eyepiece where all the light rays of the exit pupil come to a focus and the circular image is formed, sometimes called the “Ramsden Disk.” This is where your eye should be positioned to see the full field of view of the eyepiece. If you must wear glasses because of astigmatism, you’ll usually need at least 15mm of eye relief or longer if you want to see the full field of view with your glasses on.

A note on our eye relief figures: Quite often, our eye relief figures will differ from those of the manufacturer. This is because we measure the “usable” eye relief, while the manufacturers specify their usually-longer (but technically correct) “designed” eye relief.

The eye lens of the eyepiece is normally recessed below the rubber eyeguard or rubber rim of the eyepiece to keep the lens from being scratched during use. An eyepiece might have a “designed” eye relief of 15mm (and the eye relief will truly measure 15mm from the eye lens to where the image forms). However, if the eye lens is recessed 3mm below the eye guard, the Ramsden Disk forms only 12mm above the eyepiece body (the 15mm “designed” eye relief, less the 3mm of eye relief made unusable by having the eye lens recessed into the body of the eyepiece). This “usable” eye relief of 12mm (measured from the rolled-down eyeguard – the closest point you can get your eye to the eye lens – to where the image forms) is the eye relief figure we would measure and list in this website.

Why is it important to list the “usable” eye relief? For those people who don’t wear eyeglasses while observing, a few mm difference between the eye relief they expect from the manufacturer’s literature and the shorter eye relief they actually get in real life doesn’t mean a lot. They can simply move a little closer to the eyepiece to see the full field, and never realize that the eye relief is a little shorter than they expected. However, some people must wear eyeglasses while observing, because of severe astigmatism. These observers can’t move closer to the eyepiece if the eye relief is shorter than expected because their glasses get in the way. For these people, the real life “usable” eye relief is more important than the technically correct but sometimes not fully usable “designed” eye relief. We measure and list the actual usable eye relief so that people in the real world can pick the eyepieces that will work best for them.

Exit Pupil:
The circular image or beam of light formed by the eyepiece of a telescope. To take full advantage of a scope's light-gathering capacity, the diameter of an eyepiece exit pupil should be no larger than the 7mm diameter of your eye's dark-adapted pupil, so that all of the light collected by the telescope enters your eye. (The eyepiece exit pupil diameter is found by dividing the eyepiece focal length by the telescope focal ratio.) Your eye's ability to dilate declines with increasing age (to a dark-adapted pupil of about 5mm by age 50 or so). For those in this age group, eyepieces with exit pupils larger than their eyes can dilate to simply waste their telescope's light-gathering capacity, as some of the scope's light will fall on their iris instead of entering their eye.
4mm @ 15x
Twilight Factor:
A number used to compare the effectiveness of binoculars or spotting scopes used in low light. The twilight factor is found by multiplying the size of the objective lens (in mm) by the magnification and then finding the square root of that result. The larger the twilight factor, the more detail you can see in low light. A twilight factor of 17 or better if usually required for reasonable low light use.
30 @ 15x
This is the diameter of the light-gathering main mirror or objective lens of a telescope. In general, the larger the aperture, the better the resolution and the fainter the objects you can see.
A binocular or spotting scope whose body is clad in rubber or polyurethane armor is said to be armored. Armor can be applied for looks, a better grip, noise-proofing, etc. An armored body does not guarantee that a binocular or spotting scope is waterproof, although most waterproof optics are armored.
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26.5 oz.
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