Leica APO Televid 65 Spotting Scope Review (Angled Model - 40129)

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Leica APO Televid 65 Spotting Scope with straight body
Image Credit - Leica

Viewing Configuration: Angled
Magnification: 25-50X
Power Variability: Variable
Adjustable Eyepieces: Yes
Eyepiece included: No
Objective Diameter: 65 mm
Close Focus Distance: 9.5 feet
Length: 11.89 inches
Weight: 51.82 ounces with eyepiece
Field of View: 120-69 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 19 mm/2.6-1.3 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: Schott Glass
Focus System: Focus Knob/Dual Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Digiscope adaptable: Yes

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation, Photography

Update: The Leica APO Televid 65 has been discontinued but the APO Televid 82mm is still available. Check it out at Amazon and Optics Planet.

Leica APO Televid 65

This Leica APO-Televid 65 spotting scope has everything, and I mean everything. From AquaDura, dual focus, and the bayonet eyepiece catch to the extreme waterproof-ability, compact size, and center locking knob.

If you're expecting to see a rating here, don't. But, don't be a fool either and think that Leica isn't worth your time, your money, or your hunt because there are zero ratings on it. That would be a grand mistake.

As the smaller aperture of the two available Leica spotting scopes, it is also the more affordable. And, most hunters on-the-go will want to know about the 65 mm model.

So, if you're curious about what all the hype is about, let's dig right into the Q&A below. Then if you still have questions, check out the Q&A section in our review of the 85mm model since they are identical in all but objective lens size.


  • High powered optic
  • Interchangeable eyepieces
  • Digiscope adaptable
  • High quality
  • Built-in dual focus


  • Price

APO-Televid 65 Spotting Scope Q&A:

What does APO mean?

APO refers to the type of lens that are being used in the spotting scope. It stands for apochromatic lens and contains fluoride for optical excellence.

Now, these are different to the more common achromat lenses that you see used in cameras and sometimes in higher-end sport optics.

What do APO lenses do?

APO lenses are made to align at least three colors of the light spectrum to the same focal point, such as green, blue, and red.

APO lenses will compensate for the various wavelengths and ensure they stay "in sync" to ensure images are color-true, sharp, and maintain contrast. This reduces a lot of chromatic aberrations that are seen in cheaper optics that don't compensate for wavelengths in the color spectrum.

It also ensures colors that are prominent at different times of day, such as green in daylight and blue and violet in low light, are enhanced as needed as light becomes less available. High-contrast, high-resolution, and color-fidelity is the name of the game - APO lenses and Leica's specialty.

Are all APO lenses created equal?

Unfortunately, APO is no guarantee of excellence as there's no universal standard and each optic manufacturer can define and interpret what it means to their product. But - there is a but.

Leica is a brand of excellence, superiority, and perfection. When they say they have APO lenses, you know it's not the same as a $100 brand that says they have APO lenses.

You can trust Leica to use only the best of everything to provide you with exceptional glass. If you don't believe me, you have two options. Go look through a Leica yourself and you'll be sold.

Secondly, Leica has unparalleled customer service. Each division of their purchasing, quality management, and operational departments have addresses and phone numbers listed right there on their website. Go ahead, call them and ask. I am just itching to say, "I told you so!".

What eyepiece is recommended for the APO Televid 65 spotting scope?

leica 25-50x ww asph eyepiece
25-50X WW ASPH eyepiece (Image Credit - Leica)

Technically, there's only one eyepiece that can be used on both the Televid 65 and 82 models. And, that's the 25-50X WW ASPH eyepiece.

The eyepiece is sold separately and you can find it online for anywhere between $800-$850! Hey! Save the eye rolls for an inferior spotter. Flawless and expensive spotters require flawless and expensive eyepieces.

But, there's another special eyepiece that we'll talk about in the Televid 82 review. You'll have to read about it there if you want the scoop on that!

Why aren't there other Leica eyepieces for the APO Televid 65 spotting scope available?

If you're ready to jump right onto the fact that there's only one eyepiece, I'm going to put a stop to it right now. You only need this one because it's an extraordinary one.

But, who knows, Leica might yet introduce more eyepieces for it yet since it is an interchangeable eyepiece spotter.

But, I can already hear you complaining that it doesn't go up to 60X. Don't worry yourself with that. A lot of the time, 60X eyepieces lose quality at maximum magnification anyway, and the clarity and sharpness you see at 50X will make up for that little bit of distance lack.

What kind of eyecups does the Leica eyepiece have?

It has multi-position twist-up eyecups. It's easy to twist up and down with nice and crisp audible clicks with each position.

What is AquaDura?

It's Leica's objective lens external coating that protects your unobstructed view of the field, range, trees, and the sky.

It repels water, snow, sleet, anything of the icky kind that interrupts your glassing.

This type of coating technology is clear, non-stick, and easy to clean, and it's seen on most premium and high-end optics.

How weatherproof is the Leica APO Televid 65 spotting scope?

We all know the best Leica spotting scopes are going to be fully waterproof and fog-proof. And, the APO-Televid spotting scopes definitely live up to the hype on this factor.

It's watertight to a depth of 16.5 feet! That's just .5 feet more than Swarovski scopes - so, that's extremely impressive.

It's also been purged with nitrogen and sealed to protect it from internal fogging and condensation. Quality testing and control means that you can go from a warm, cozy truck to below freezing temperatures in the Alpines for some serious trophy hunting without your spotter being rendered useless.

Does the 65mm APO Televid have a bayonet eyepiece connection?

Of course it does! It wouldn't be a Leica if it didn't have every awesome feature.

Because both Televids have interchangeable eyepiece capabilities, the connection between the body of the spotter and the eyepiece are interlocked with a bayonet catch.

This means that your eyepiece will be impossible to accidentally "pop" off or come loose, and when the eyepiece costs $800, I'm sure you can appreciate the safety feature.

Does the APO Televid 65 have single focus?

Absolutely not! The Televid spotting scopes are equipped with two built-in, heavily-knurled rings that move simultaneously when in use.

The larger ring is the coarse focus and the smaller one right in front of it is the fine adjustment ring.

They're also conveniently located extremely close to the zoom collar where you don't have to move your hand very far and you don't have to leave your sight to adjust for focus.

The rings are somewhat recessed into the body of the scope which helps protect it from damage in rugged terrain and snagging when trudging through thick brush.

Is there a straight Televid spotting scope?

Leica caters to all kinds of optical users, so they've especially made it a point to ensure that they have both straight and angled models available, both in the 65mm and the 82mm models. How refreshing!

What are the product numbers for the Leica 65mm Televid spotting scope and the eyepiece?

We all know that online listings and the actual product that you want aren't always in sync. It sometimes happens all too often that you end up with something other than what you thought you were getting. Does this sound all too familiar?

Here, I'll provide the product numbers as referenced from Leica so that when it comes time to buy Leica spotting scopes, you're not left feeling jipped.

The APO-Televid 65 straight is product number 40127.
The APO-Televid 65 angled 45 is product number 40129.
The Televid 25-50X WW ASPH eyepiece is product number 41021.

If you want more product numbers for additional accessories that are compatible and recommended for the 65 mm model, you can find it here on the spec page.

How much does the APO Televid 65 cost?

Since there are multiple pieces to the 65 model, I'll list the approximate online price per piece as well as a whole.

APO-Televid 65 Straight or Angled - body only: $1900
APO-Televid 65 Straight with eyepiece: $3300
APO-Televid 65 Angled with eyepiece: $3300

Since these are online prices, you know it will cost several hundred dollars more direct from Leica. So, if you're feeling bad about spending too much, the savings should alleviate your guilt.

Go ahead, splurge, you have my permission - just don't get caught from the other spouse else I will deny everything! But...

If you can't justify these prices for a spotting scope, you might find some more spotting scopes within your budget here.

Noteworthy Features:

  • Interchangeable eyepiece technology
  • 1.8X eyepiece extender available, 25-50X WW ASPH eyepiece available
  • AquaDura lens coating technology for water and dust repellent surfaces
  • Built-in dual focus control for fast focus and fine adjustments
  • Fully watertight to 16.5 feet
  • Bayonet eyepiece connection for interlocking security
  • Pure APO fluoride-containing glass
  • Center locking knob for multi-angle and rotational viewing
  • Backed by Leica's Factory Passport warranty/USA Passport Protection Plan

Our Verdict On The Leica APO Televid 65 Spotter

The scoop on the scope is, the Leica APO-Televid 65 Angled spotter is in an optic market of its own. It's not your mediocre spotter, it's a lifetime buy with clarity and brightness that can outmatch even your own pair of eyes - yes, we say it's that good. However, something of this caliber won't be cheap. But, you won't have to buy another spotter ever again!

The Leica Televid APO-82 Angled is the bigger version of the Televid 65. Yes, it's going to be extreme for the hunter, but it's going to be so awesome for everything else! The price is just as high, especially since you have to buy the eyepiece separately, but it's a Leica. You don't shop for a Leica unless you've got cash to burn! If that is you, why not take a look at it.

Leica is the be-all, end-all when it comes to luxury optics. They don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk too. Our point will be made perfectly clear when you peer through the pristine glass of a Leica.

Update: The Leica APO Televid 65 has been discontinued but the APO Televid 82mm is still available. Check it out at Amazon and Optics Planet.

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