Zeiss Victory DiaScope 65 T* FL Spotting Scope (Great for the Range)

DiaScope 65 T FL Angled Viewing Configuration: Angled
Magnification: 30X/15-45X/15-56X
Power Variability: Variable
Adjustable Eyepieces: Yes
Eyepiece included: Yes
Objective Diameter: 65 mm
Close Focus Distance: 13.1 feet
Length: 11.1 inches
Weight: 39 ounces
Field of View: 156-63 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: Not Listed/ 4.3-1.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: Not Listed
Focus System: Focus Knob/DualFocus
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Digiscope adaptable: Yes

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

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Zeiss Victory DiaScope 65 T* FL Angled Scope Review

This Victory DiaScope has adjustable eyepieces, Zeiss’ T multi-layer optics, and Flouride lenses. It’s also lightweight and compact, fully weatherproof, and the Dual Speed Focus System.

Online, there’s currently no reviews about the 65 mm DiaScope. But, don’t let the silence speak for this awesome scope. Instead, let this Zeiss Victory spotting scope review do all the rating!

The DiaScope is the flagship line for Zeiss’ spotting scopes. If you want the best of what they have to offer, this is going to be it. Naturally, it’s expected to see the DiaScope featured in our Zeiss scope reviews.

But, if you’re wondering what T means or what FL stands for, here’s the Q&A that will address all your questions, plus some!

 

PROs:
  • Free-hand use
  • Interchangeable Vario eyepieces
  • Compatible with older eyepieces
  • Eyepiece security system
  • High quality glass
CONs:
  • Price

 

Victory DiaScope 65 T* FL Angled Q&A:

What are all the abbreviations?

There are a lot of abbreviations, not just within the Zeiss brand, but within the entire sporting optics family together. And, it can get downright confusing and overwhelming trying to keep up.

So, as far as this Victory DiaScope goes, the T represents Zeiss’ multi-layer coating that’s used to increase extremely high light transmittance and keep dispersion low. This means bright, color-rich, and high resolution image quality.

The FL stands for lenses that have fluoride in them, and this is a sub-category of Extra-Low Dispersion glass. The results are significantly improved high contrast images with dramatically reduced chromatic aberrations – color fringing.

If you’re unsure about any other Zeiss abbreviations, be sure to check out our Binoculars Glossary or Rifle Scope Glossary for more clarification.

 

What is the DiaScope built for?

The DiaScope has all the optical lens technology that the Dialyt doesn’t need. It has Extra-Low Dispersion glass, Fluoride-containing lenses, and even LotuTec.

LotuTec is Zeiss’ lotus leaf concept where water and other foreign particles simply bead up and roll off the lenses without dispersing and interrupting image quality. And, all these fancy coatings were applied to supply the best visionary and glassing experience.

Unlike the Dialyt that was made for speed, convenience, and rapid identification, the DiaScope is more suited for glassing for long periods of time such as nature observing, birding, and shooting at the range.

However, the 65 mm DiaScope would be an excellent addition to any hunter’s tool box. It can be steadied and hand-held at high magnifications, and it’s compact enough to not overwhelm when weight matters.

 

Is this Zeiss Victory DiaScope 65 T FL Angled a compact spotting scope?

There are two DiaScope models, this 65 mm one and the 85 mm model. And, while both are considered relatively ergonomic and field-carry optics, the 65 mm scope is definitely the compact winner in this race.

The 85 mm is 13.6 inches long and weighs 52 ounces.

But, the 65 mm is a little more compact, weighing only 39 ounces and is 11.1 inches long. Although, this may still be pretty big for most hunters, this can be considered a compact and lightweight spotter.

 

What eyepieces are available with the DiaScope?

This is a very relevant question since an eyepiece isn’t included in the base price for the body of the scope. Read that sentence again if you need to so that you don’t have buyer’s remorse.

There are three available eyepieces for the 65 mm: the fixed D 30X, Vario D 15-45X, and the Vario D 15-56X.

There are also three available eyepieces for the 85 mm: the fixed D 40X, Vario 20-60X, and the Vario D 20-75X.

Just remember that depending on which eyepiece you decide to buy with your Zeiss DiaScope purchase, it will affect the final cost – perhaps quite significantly.

For example, the angled 85 mm DiaScope with the 20-75X eyepiece costs a gigantic $3400 (approx.) online right now.

 

What is a Vario eyepiece?

Vario is a cute and clever name for Zeiss’ variable power eyepieces… “variable”, “Vario”… do you see it?

The newer eyepieces for the DiaScope are identifiable with the letter “D” in front of the power range.

The Vario also signifies it’s one of the newer variable eyepieces which all of them are equipped with a bayonet security catch. Keep reading if you want to know what that is!

 

Are old Victory eyepieces compatible with the new DiaScope?

Good news – yes! You can use your older DiaScope eyepieces on the newer DiaScope models. The only catch is “no catch”. You won’t have the benefits of the bayonet security catch feature because the older eyepieces don’t have them.

But, I have more good news for you! You can also use new Vario D eyepieces on your older DiaScope spotting scope. Again, the catch-22 is, the security catch on the newer eyepieces will not be effective on the older scope models.

I should also mention here that you can’t have your old eyepieces converted into newer ones. You’ll have to lay ’em aside and buy the new ones for the bayonet security perk and the variable power ranges.

 

What is the safety catch mechanism?

This is the guarantee that you’re not going to lose an eyepiece during use because it accidentally “popped” off. How?

When the eyepiece is pushed into the scope and with a little, gentle twist to further secure it, the eyepiece interlocks with the body of the scope so that it’s literally impossible for it to accidentally fall out.

When you’re ready to change out the eyepiece, just push the button and give it another little, gentle twist, and voila – you’re done.

 

How does Dual Speed Focus work?

The Dual Speed Focus is your standard focusing knob with the ability to fine-tune adjustments quickly and with one operating knob.

If you rotate the focus knob in either the left or right direction, and when you feel resistance within the knob, you’re in fine-tuning mode.

Continuing to rotate the knob’s resistance will take you through to the coarse mode.

 

Did this spotting scope win any awards?

The Zeiss 85 mm DiaScope did win an award, the international “red dot design award” back in 2010.

This is, apparently, a very coveted award since it takes a panel of international jurists to decide whether or not this optic is deserving of the world’s praise for product design.

But, in my opinion, the real test is realized when it’s out in the field, wielded by the real juror, the hunter.

We have awarded the DiaScope an award too! This 65mm model made it onto our list of the best high-end spotting scopes in the $2000+ category, which you can check out here.

 

How much does the Victory DiaScope cost?

This is almost a trick question. Remember how I mentioned above that the eyepiece that you choose affects the overall, final cost? Well, that’s the catch.

Online, the general cost for the angled body of a 65 mm DiaScope is about $2100. The general cost for the straight body of a 85 mm DiaScope T FL is about $2600.

For the eyepieces, you’ll have to budget between $500 and, possibly, $1200. Total, you’re probably looking at a $2800-$3000 spotting scope.

Noteworthy Features:

  • Can be used free-hand for quick and fast glassing
  • Dual Focus System for fast focus and fine-tuning for sharp and clear images
  • Three eyepieces available including one fixed and two Vario eyepieces
  • Fully waterproof and fogproof for use in the harshest weather and climates
  • Eye caps are threaded through neck strap for convenience
  • Extremely high resolution image quality thanks to fluoride lenses and Extra-Low Dispersion glass
  • Backed by the Carl Zeiss Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty

 

Our Verdict

The scoop on the scope is, the DiaScope 65 is the best of what Zeiss has to offer. Rather than being a quick targeting identifier, like the Dialyt Field Spotter, it’s made to be perfect for glassing for extended periods of time. However, the price is a bit of a bummer since Vario eyepieces can get quite pricey.

If you don’t want to bother with buying additional eyepieces, the Dialyt Field Spotter 18-45×65 is an excellent buy. It’s been uniquely outfitted to be ideal for the on-the-go hunter. Best of all, it’s primarily made to be used as a hand-held device – bonus! Check it out here.

If you want to get really creative with your big budget, the Swarovski ATX/STX 65 spotting scope will blow your mind! It might be worth the price since you’d still have to buy additional eyepieces just like the Zeiss. What do you say? Do you dare check out Swaro?

Zeiss gets activity-specific when they imagine-up their optics. If you glass longer than most people do, this will be perfect for you. Leave it to Zeiss to make using optics second-nature to your nature observation hobby!

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