Nikon EDG Fieldscope 16-48x65mm Straight Spotting Scope

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edg-16-48x65Viewing Configuration: Straight
Magnification: 16-48X
Power Variability: Variable
Adjustable Eyepieces: Yes
Eyepiece included: Yes
Objective Diameter: 65 mm
Close Focus Distance: 10.8
Length: 6″
Weight: 55.04 oz
Field of View: 160.8-78.7 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 18.4-16.5 mm/ 4.1-1.4 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: Not Listed
Focus System: Focus Knob/Single Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Digiscope adaptable: Yes

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

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Update - 2019.04.02The Nikon EDG Fieldscope series has been discontinued however you might want to check out the newly designed Monarch series with their exclusive MEP eyepieces. Check them out here.


Nikon EDG Fieldscope 65 Review

This Nikon EDG 65 fieldscope has ED Glass, is Eco-Glass made, and is fully weatherproof. It also has fully multi-coated optics, phase-correction coatings, and dielectric prism coatings.

For a scope that’s over $4000 online, you’d be hard-pressed to find any reviews about a sports optic this expensive among hunters.

The EDGs are the flagship line for Nikon’s fieldscopes, and even though the price range is nowhere near practical, I thought it would still be fun to feature it. If over $4000 is out of your price range, you might want to check our some of the more affordable Nikon spotting scopes on offer here.

For those of you who want to dream with me about owning one of these for your display shelf only – I’m not crazy enough to actually risk getting a scratch on it! – here’s the Q&A to feed your scope craving!

  • Interchangeable eyepieces
  • Digiscope adaptable
  • Very close focus distance
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Compact
  • Price
  • Single focus


Nikon EDG 65 Q&A:

What type of prismatic refracting fieldscope is this Nikon EDG?

This is a roof prism fieldscope, and although it’s not specifically marketed this way, the dielectric prism coatings are a dead give-away.

The fieldscope incorporates a roof prism structure that folds light in the optical pathway to make a more lightweight and compact device.

To improve this fieldscope’s optical performance, it has extra, specially formulated coatings to improve internal surface reflectiveness.

This takes us right into…


What are dielectric prism coatings?

In this roof prism fieldscope, there’s one particular surface that isn’t entirely and internally reflective. So typically, it’s coated with a type of metal-based coating to raise its reflectivity, usually silver or aluminum.

But, in very expensive and high-end optics, dielectric-based coatings are used instead to increase the internal surface’s reflectivity to over 99 percent. This is excellent!

You can expect rich color-fidelity and even aberration-free images with the incorporated ED glass technology and fully multi-coated coatings. Bottom line: the image quality is going to be superb, and it should be for over $4000!


What are phase-correction coatings?

This fieldscope really has it all, and there isn’t a coating or optical feature that Nikon has missed yet with this EDG 65. So, I should take a second to mention the phase-correction coatings on this optic.

With all roof prism devices, some light loss and out-of-phase light-waves are inevitable, despite how perfect and precise the prism assembly is. So, to keep light loss to a minimum and light-waves in-phase, a phase-correction coating is used on the prism surfaces to maintain this.

Color fidelity of the entire light spectrum is maintained and you should see high-contrast and high-resolution images just as brilliantly in the center of your view as you do on the outer edges of your field of view.


What are EDG eyepieces?

For this EDG 65, there are seven available eyepieces. The one that’s provided in the purchase is the zoom 16-48X, and it has an excellent close focus distance of 10.8 feet.

Now the other six EDG eyepieces are going to be listed here according to magnification range, not according to the product name listed on the Nikon website.

The remaining six eyepieces are fixed magnifications and are: 16X, 20X, 24X, 30X, 40X, and 60X.


Are there other EDG models available?

Within the EDG series, there is the the 65 mm and the 85 mm models that are both available in either straight or angled.

There is another upgraded version of the EDG series, and that’s the EDG VR line.


How much does this Nikon fieldscope cost?

That’s a great question! Retail price for the EDG 65 is about $3200! Yes, that’s expensive! The confusing part is, online, it’s retailing for $4400! That’s about the price of a really nice, used pick-up for our next hunting trip versus a new scope. Luckily we have reviewed plenty of other spotting scopes that may be more within the budget of the average hunter, so if this Nikon is way out of your price range, check out some of our other spotting scopes here.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Fully multi-coated coatings for optimum light transmission
  • Phase-correction coatings to maintain in-phase light-waves and color resolution
  • Dielectric prism coatings for maximum internal reflectivity
  • Fully fog-proof and waterproof to endure all types of weather
  • Lead and arsenic free with Eco-Glass components
  • Extra-Low Dispersion glass for minimized chromatic aberrations in high-contrast environments
  • Seven available EDG eyepieces
  • Backed by Nikon’s Limited Lifetime Warranty/Without Electric Components


Our Verdict On The Nikon EDG Spotting Scope

The scoop on the scope is, the Nikon EDG 16-48X65 spotter is fully decked out with premium features but one – a dual focus system. For the hefty price tag it hauls, Nikon should’ve upgraded the focusing system. But, all the work they put into the optics for unparalleled image quality, you can’t really complain. Another bonus is, this is quite the brand to offer interchangeable eyepiece technology with at least a market of their very own eyepieces – impressive!

But, if the price doesn’t scare you away, you may as well go big. The Nikon EDG VR Fieldscope 85mm Straight spotting scope has everything, and we mean everything, a spotter can have. Just be prepared for the price jump!

You could always just go for the NightForce TS-82 20-70x Xtreme Hi-Definition, Angled Spotting Scope that sports all the fancy glass and coatings, but also lacks the dual focus system. It even has interchangeable eyepiece technology too, and it’s so much cheaper than the Nikon. You can find out how much cheaper by reading our review of the NightForce spotter.

But, Nikon promises to deliver on superior optics. If their price range is any indication, it’s probably the best! What do you say? Are you a Nikon fan or skeptic?

Update - 2019.04.02The Nikon EDG Fieldscope series has been discontinued however you might want to check out the newly designed Monarch series with their exclusive MEP eyepieces. Check them out here.


Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.