ProStaff WP 65 Angled Zoom, 65mm, 45° viewing, 16-48x zoom

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The Nikon ProStaff 65 WP Angled is a good quality 65mm waterproof spotting scope that is well within the price range of the majority of birders. It offers a lot of useful features and optically nice performance at a modest price.

The 45° viewing angle ProStaff uses precisely-engineered crown and flint glass optics that are fully multicoated with proprietary Nikon high-transmission antireflective coatings for the highest possible light transmission and contrast. Its 65mm objective lens gathers over 17% more light than the more common 60mm scopes, often resulting in the ability to make positive identifications in low light when smaller scopes have trouble even seeing the bird.

Whether you’re looking to extend your life list at remote birding hot spots, or just looking at the feeders and nests in your backyard, the Nikon ProStaff 65 WP Angled gives you superb optical performance in a lightweight and easily-handled package at a very attractive price. And the images are typically Nikon – sharp, detailed, and very lifelike.

Optical features of this scope . . .

  • Crown and flint glass doublet lens: Time-tested and proven crown and flint glass achromatic optical system, with image-erecting prisms of costly high light transmission BaK-4 glass. The doublet objective lens uses environmentally-friendly lead- and arsenic-free Eco-Glass. The result is high light transmission with low and well-controlled chromatic aberration that most observers don’t even notice, much less find objectionable. In addition to more than 17% higher light gathering than a 60mm scope, the 65mm aperture also provides 8% higher resolution (the ability to see fine detail) than a 60mm scope.

  • Fully multicoated: The optics are fully multicoated with Nikon’s proprietary high transmission antireflection coatings for an excellent light transmission that complements the sharpness and contrast of the objective lens.

  • Internal light baffles: Multiple light baffles are molding into the interior of the optical tube. They combine with the blackened interior to block off-axis light and provide high contrast images with a minimum of unwanted scattered light.

  • Zoom eyepiece: The standard equipment 16-48x multicoated zoom eyepiece has a rubber-rimmed eyecup that twists up, shielding the eye from ambient light for better contrast when observing with the unaided eye. The eyecup twists back down to provide greater eye relief for eyeglass use. The eyepiece bayonets into the scope body and locks securely into place. A pushbutton on the scope body unlocks the bayonet so that eyepieces can be changed in seconds. An optical glass window at the rear of the ProStaff’s body, just inside the eyepiece port, seals the porro prism optics against moisture and dust which might eventually cause damage. The eyepiece comes with a rubber eyecup that can be tethered to the eyepiece. This lets you keep the eyepiece protected when traveling, while easily slipping the protective cap off when observing without fear of losing the cap.

  • Good eye relief: The eye relief is specified as a quite good 15.2mm at 16x. While this is technically correct, the actual usable eye relief will typically measure a mm or two less due to the recessing of the eyepiece lens to protect it from being scratched accidentally when the eyecup is in the down position for eyeglass use. A somewhat shorter eye relief than specified is typical of all spotting scopes. The eye relief at 32x and 48x are not specified by Nikon, but typically measure about 10mm. There will be some vignetting of the field for eyeglass wearers, particularly at higher powers. At 16x the field of view is a wide 126’ across at 1000 yards.

  • Other eyepieces available: The supplied 16-48x zoom eyepiece is very sharp and high in contrast. Its visible quality is such that many birders see no reason to buy individual single magnification eyepieces. For those who wear eyeglasses, however, or for those who want wider fields of view than the zoom eyepiece can provide at higher powers, Nikon has several optional fixed magnification eyepieces available. There is a 20x with over 30mm of eye relief for those who must wear glasses while observing. There are also wide field 20x and 30x models, plus a 20x and a 16-48x zoom designed for digiscoping.

  • Good close focusing: The scope close focuses down to a quite good 13.1’ This makes it very usable for viewing backyard feeders, although the field is little more than 8” wide at 16x at this short a distance. Through the scope, looking at a bird at the closest focus at 16x would effectively be the same as looking with your unaided eye from only about 10” away.
Mechanical features of this scope . . .
  • Armored body: The rugged ProStaff’s body angled is made of durable injection-molded reinforced plastic to keep the scope weight down. The body is then clad in dark green and black rubber armor for improved shock resistance and to provide a comfortable and sure grip during hot or wet weather. A self-storing lens shade slides out from the front of the body to improve visual and photographic contrast and help keep the objective lens dust- and moisture-free. There is a flip-down tethered rubber dust cap attached to the front of the lens shade. The dust cap can be folded back and secured to the underside of the lens shade to keep it from flopping around when moving the scope. If desired, the rubber dust cap can be completely removed from the scope when out in the field.

  • Fully waterproof: The ProStaff’s angled body is O-ring sealed and dry nitrogen purged to be totally waterproof and fogproof in all weather and temperature conditions, from rain forest to desert, from Arctic to equator. This allows the scope to survive sudden showers as well as full monsoon conditions, and to resist internal fogging, no matter how cold the air temperature or how high the humidity.

  • Handy focusing knob: For focusing, the Nikon ProStaff Angled uses a ribbed rubber knob at the top right of the prism housing. The knob is partially recessed into the scope body so it won’t snag on clothing. It can be operated with either hand, even while wearing gloves. The focus moves smoothly from the horizon down to a good 13.1’ close focus in a little less than four turns of the focus knob, significantly faster than most other spotting scopes in its size and price range.

  • Two ways to find your subject: The Nikon ProStaff Angled has the usual rifle-type sighting line molded into the prism housing for quickly centering the scope on a distant subject. This method is similar to that found on many other spotting scopes. The sighting line is off-set slightly to the right of the scope body, so that the angled eyepiece (which is itself off-set slightly to the left to keep the scope profile low) does not interfere with using the sight. In addition, however, a small unity power (1x, or non-magnifying) optical finder is located on the left side of the scope body. This finder has a 9.5° field of view (498’ at 1000 yards) and displays a V-notched sighting post within the field as an aid to centering the scope on your subject. The finder eye relief is a very long 43.1mm, allowing use with eyeglasses. A rubber eyecup on the finder keeps eyeglasses from getting scratched by the finder in the heat of the birding moment. The unity finder simply snaps into place in a groove in the scope body and can easily be removed if desired. A decorative plug slides into the groove to hide it if the unity finder is not being used.

  • 45° viewing: This ProStaff’s 45° viewing angle is generally more comfortable than a straight-through model for watching treetop activity or for extended observing from a blind or back porch. It is also more convenient for those couples of varying heights who must share a single scope, as there is little need to constantly raise and lower the tripod to reach a comfortable observing height for each observer. If you are tall, you won’t have to crouch over to see through the Nikon ProStaff, as you would a straight-through scope, thus saving you from a possible literal pain in the neck. The Nikon ProStaff #N65SZ is such a straight-through viewing model, should that style be more convenient.

  • Photo tripod mounting: The 65mm ProStaff Angled mounts on any photo tripod having a standard 1/4”-20 thread mounting bolt.

  • Supplied accessories: Tethered, but removable, protective rubber dust covers are provided for both the objective lens and the eyepiece. A soft water-resistant carrying case of Cordura-type nylon (with adjustable length shoulder strap) is standard equipment. The case is the stay-on type that allows you to mount the scope on a tripod with the case still on the scope. Fold-back flaps give you full access to all controls so you can use the scope while it is still in its case on a tripod. A separate soft eyepiece carrying case that attaches to the scope case is also standard equipment.

  • 25-year warranty: In addition to the 25-year limited Nikon USA warranty, the 65mm ProStaff Angled is also covered by Nikon’s unique no-fault warranty. If anything happens to the ProStaff that’s not covered by Nikon’s normal 25-year warranty, it costs you only $10 and return shipping and handling to get it fixed or replaced! Whether you drop the Angled out of a canoe, drive off with it on the roof of your car, or loan it to a clumsy friend who uses it to drive tent pegs, there’s no need to worry. If you can send back the pieces, you’re covered by Nikon’s no-fault warranty.
To sum it up: This lightweight 65mm Nikon ProStaff 65 WP Angled is a great value in a 45° viewing spotting scope. With its 65mm aperture gathering more light than a conventional 60mm scope, its images are brighter and more detailed than other scopes in its size and price range. Add its full waterproofing, comfortable viewing angle, and many unique features, and you’d be hard-pressed to find any other similarly-priced scope that equals the value and performance of this Nikon.
Magnification:
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).
16-48x
Field of view 1000 yards:
126' @ 16x
Near Focus:
13.1'
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.

15.2mm @ 16x
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.
4.06mm @ 16x
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.
32.25 @ 16x
Aperture:
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.
2.6"
Length:
12.75"
Armored:
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.
Yes
Waterproof:
Yes
Weight:
The weight of this product.
39 oz
Warranty:
"No-Fault" 25 Years Limited
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