Nikon Prostaff 3 Fieldscope Outfit (16-48X60 Spotting Scope)

prostaff-3-16-48x60Viewing Configuration: Straight
Magnification: 16-48X
Power Variability: Variable
Adjustable Eyepieces: No
Eyepiece included: Yes
Objective Diameter: 60 mm
Close Focus Distance: 10.9 feet
Length: 12.3 inches
Weight: 21.9 ounces
Field of View: 120 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 19 mm/ 3.8 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: Not Listed
Focus System: Collar/Single Focus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Digiscope adaptable: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching

Our Rating: 4 Stars

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Nikon Prostaff 3 Fieldscope Outfit Review

This Prostaff 3 Outfit has Eco-Glass, fully multi-coated optics, and an integral zoom eyepiece. It’s also fully waterproof and fog-proof, is lightweight and compact, and has the Outfit package thrown in.

Online, it has a decent rating, which is still good, but it could be better. Again, there’s only a handful of reviews to date.

As the only Prostaff 3 and the most affordable fieldscope Nikon currently has to offer, I’m sure you’re going to be interested in this one.

So, if you’ve got about $300 to spend, you might want to pay attention to the Q&A to see if it’s worth your dough.

 

PROs:
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Very close focus distance
  • Rubber armored
CONs:
  • Price

 

Prostaff 3 Outfit Q&A:

What is Eco-Glass?

Many optic companies are making environmentally-friendly scopes that are manufactured without lead and arsenic.

Although, Nikon doesn’t go into the specific details of what Eco-Glass means to them on their product page, it would be safe to assume they hold up to the industry-wide definition of Eco-Glass.

 

What are fully multi-coated optics?

You’ll see this term a lot while shopping for not only spotting scopes, but also for many other hunting optics such as laser rangefinders, rifle scopes, and binoculars.

All air-to-glass lenses and prism surfaces are applied with coatings to improve light transmission. The number of coats, density, and evenness of the coatings are of crucial import in determining light transmission efficiency and image quality such as brightness, clarity, and sharpness.

Although you should remember that there is no industry-standard for what “fully multi-coated” means, there is an acceptance that it’s supposed to be the best of the available types of coatings.

Tip – Fully multi-coated coatings is something you’ll typically see on high-end and premium optics to increase optical performance and value. So, for a low budget Nikon fieldscope to have this quality of coatings, it’s a good sign you might have a great scope.

 

What are the performance specs of this Nikon?

The aperture of the Prostaff 3 is 60 mm. So, although you’re going to have more light gathering capability, you’ll also be getting more weight. But, in comparison of most spotting scopes, it’s still a decent light weight of 21.9 ounces.

Another thing to remember is the exit pupil is only 3.8 mm, so if you’re hoping you’re going to get an optic that’s on par with a night-vision scope, this is not the place to look. But, with fully multi-coated lenses, you might still get brighter images than with another scope with a larger exit pupil and poorer light transmission quality.

The magnification range of the provided eyepiece is 16-48X.

 

What is the Outfit feature of this fieldscope?

What makes this Prostaff 3 qualifiable to have an “Outfit” package is the provided compact tripod and carry case that’s thrown in with the Nikon fieldscope buy.

As a side note, Nikon typically provides a very flimsy, plastic, and barely sufficient tripod. If I were you, I’d invest in a good quality, metal tripod. But, maybe don’t rush into that buy just yet…

As of late in 2016, it seems that hunters are starting to receive metal tripods with their Nikon Prostaff 3 purchase. If Nikon has been listening to customer complaints, then I think the fieldscope’s current rating might just have a hope of nearing the 5 star rating yet.

 

Is the Prostaff 3 digiscope capable?

If this question is a little too techie for you, it can be rephrased to, “Can I attach a camera to it?”, and the sad answer is no.

While this is what you would call a premium entry level fieldscope, it’s still elementary in extra features.

Although it’s fully weatherproof, has fully multi-coated optics with Eco-Glass lenses, and even has some bonus accessories thrown in, you will not be able to attach any type of camera to it.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • 16-48X Integral zoom power for more “reach” that long range hunters could benefit from
  • 60 mm objective lens especially beneficial for hunters looking for lightweight portability and the potential for more low light strength
  • Excellent close focus distance of 10.9 feet with provided zoom eyepiece
  • Fully fog-proof and waterproof to endure all types of weather
  • Compact and lightweight design for extreme portability for hunters on the go
  • Eco-Glass with fully multi-coated optics for sharp and bright images
  • Backed by Nikon’s Limited Lifetime Warranty/Without Electric Components

 

Our Verdict

The scoop on the scope is, the Nikon ProStaff 3 16-18X60 spotter is a “so-so” unit for the price. If it was cheaper, oh heck yeah, we’d be lapping it up! The point of it is, its entry-level quality with basic features don’t justify the cost.

This is especially apparent when you can get something like the Vortex Optics Diamondback Spotting Scope spotter for only a few bucks more! It has more ranging power, is camera adaptable, and it even sports some high quality glass coatings. Plus, need we say it’s a Vortex? Check it out here – https://www.targettamers.com/spotting-scopes/vortex-diamondback-20-60×60-review/.

But, the ProStaff 3 isn’t the end-all, say-all for the Nikon spotting scope line. They also have the highly recommended Nikon 13-30x50mm FieldScope ED spotter. Yes, it does cost more, but all the features justify the price jump – we say it has excellent value, find out why here!

Although we mightn’t be all rave about Nikon’s spotting scope prices, we do recognize that this is a well-known and favorite brand. Having a Nikon in your gear will still earn you a jealous look from a pal and a well-deserved sense of carnal pride!

 

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