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Old Apr 5, 2003, 4:31 PM   #1
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Default affordable scope for cp 4500

I am considering buying a nikon cp 4500 and was wondering if there are any affordable (less than $200) scopes that are any good. Thank you for any help you can give.
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Old Apr 6, 2003, 5:53 PM   #2
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Yes, but you won't be able to hook everything up for under $200. The Meade ETX-90, designed for celestial viewing, but suitable for a spotting scope, is available in several configurations ranging from a bit over $500 to a bit under $200.

Check the web and you will find versions of it for as little as $175.00 U.S.

But to use it, you need a way to connect it to the camera, and it you want to see the images upright or left to right without the horizontal flip (the scope is a mirror type) you need an adapter or specialized eyepiece and an inverter prism.

The prism will add around $60 to the cost, and an adapter or specilized eyepiece (I suggest the latter) will add another $89. So there is really no way to do it right for less than about $350.

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Old Apr 6, 2003, 6:41 PM   #3
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what do you think of the scope available at ckcpower.com? It comes with everything for $180, but does anyone know if its any good?
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Since they don't have one available for testing, I would suggest taking a "wait and see" approach.

From reading the description, this is really something to compare with their 8x32 rather than a true spotting scope for digiscoping. With less than 8x power, it would only be useful for perhaps gathering more light than the Crystal Vue 8x, and designed for larger lens cameras.

True digiscoping gives the Nikon CP4500 a useful range of up to 6000mm. This scope will result in less than 1000mm which, though useful, would not be considered too valuable for birding, etc. With the Meade ETX-90 and a 24mm William Optics eyepiece, you can go over 6000mm with full zoom range back. I would think that you might want to give serious consideration to what your expectations are and how you would use this scope before making a decision.


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