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A new kid in the block has been introduced by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics in the spotting scope section – Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 Angled Spotting Scope. This new spotting scope comes with 85mm objective lens diameter and a magnification range from 30x to 60x. It is characterized by shorter and lighter design. It is believed by birding experts that Zeiss has launched it to be pitted against category-leading Kowa 88mm Prominar spotting scope. In terms of price too the new Zeiss spotter has an advantage over the Kowa spotter. It is around $700 more affordable than Kowa 88mm Prominar spotting scope system (having body and Kowa 25-60X Prominar LER Eyepiece).
Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 Spotter is the ideal travel companion for the nature lovers and birdwatchers. From every possible angle you can get great images, ensuring that nothing goes unnoticed by the birdwatcher. Unforgettable images are ensured as the spotter comes with high resolution lens system along with rapid focus features. This spotting scope comes with extensive digiscoping accessories as well as a universal tripod plate that is compatible with wide array of tripods.
A bird-watcher can enjoy best possible natural images of individual birds or the entire flock of birds as Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 spotting scope comes with 60x magnification.
Highlights of Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85
Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 Spotting Scope 528048-0000-010 provides the birders and wildlife watchers a wide-angle field of view along with a maximum magnification of 60x.
You will be able to get positive focusing because of large center ring.
Outstanding optical performance and brightness can be experienced because of the Zeiss T* high-contrast lens coating coupled with low-dispersion HD lens system from Zeiss.
Despite 85mm objective lens, this spotting scope is lighter than expected.
Weight of Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 Angled Spotting Scope along with the 30-60x eyepiece is 60 ounces (equivalent to 3.75 lbs or 1.7 kgs).
LotuTec hydrophobic protective lens coating helps in cleaning the lens easily and also provides good clarity of image in all kinds of weather conditions.
What could have been there?
While checking out the scope, our reviewers found that the small 2nd fine-focusing knob, found in the leading Zeiss Victory spotting scope, is not present in the Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 spotting scope.
What’s more on offer?
Zeiss will get two accessories with Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 30-60x Eyepiece Spotting Scope 528048-0000-010 –
#1 ExoLens Bracket Adapter
This accessory helps connecting smartphones with spotting scopes and in turn the system can be used as a camera for digiscoping purposes. It was never easier to observe, capture, and share as it is with ExoLens Bracket Adapter. The adapter can be used with the leading smartphones including Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, and Apple iPhone 6/6s.
#2 Zeiss Tripod Professional
Utmost flexibility as well as stability can be experienced with Zeiss Tripod Professional. You can combine Zeiss Tripod Professional with Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 Spotting Scope 528048-0000-010, thereby allowing the birdwatcher and nature lover in soft panning and tilting. Precise as well as safe clamping mechanism are the important features of this accessory. A slideable quick-change plate makes the entire arrangement easier to use.
The Final Takeaway
Zeiss has priced the Conquest Gavia 85 Spotting Scope at around $2,000, which is a sweet pricing spot in premier spotting scope market. This high quality scope is going to give the leading Kowa Prominar 88mm 25-60X Prominar LER Eyepiece Spotting Scope system a tough competition not only from the perspective of quality but also from the question of affordability. This new Conquest Gavia 85 Spotting Scope from Zeiss is around $700 more affordable than the Kowa’s leading Prominar spotting scope having 88mm objective lens and 25-60x eyepiece.
Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 Spotting Scope is surely the best bet for birdwatchers and nature lovers because it gives them best possible quality images at an affordable price.