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Zen-Ray ZEN ED2 20-60x82mm Angled Spotting Scope with Dielectric Prism Coating-Kit

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Regular Price: $1,400.00

Special Price: $1,199.00

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Zen-Ray ZEN ED2™ spotting scope is designed and manufactured to deliver the performance that is normally available from products 1.5x-3x more expensive. Featured with extra low dispersion glass, oversized prism system, fully broadband multi-coated optics, ZEN ED2 spotter is for the most serious birders and hunters who expect nothing but the best image resolution, extreme low light brightness, and edge-edge sharpness without distortion. The ZEN ED2 is lightweight thanks to the rugged compact magnesium alloy body

Zen-Ray ZEN ED2 20-60x82mm Angled Spotting Scope with Dielectric Prism Coating-Kit

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Optics Review: Zen-Ray ED2 20-60x82 Spotting Scope by OutdoorLife



Zen-Ray ZEN ED2™ spotting scope is designed and manufactured to deliver the performance that is normally available from products 1.5x-3x more expensive. Featured with extra low dispersion glass, oversized prism system, fully broadband multi-coated optics, ZEN ED2 spotter is for the most serious birders and hunters who expect nothing but the best image resolution, extreme low light brightness, and edge-edge sharpness without distortion. The ZEN ED2 is lightweight thanks to the rugged compact magnesium alloy body


Optical Features


  • 85mm Objective lens with effective aperture of 82mm

  • 2nd Generation Extra Low Dispersion (ED) Glass: Best in Class resolution, chromatic aberration free image

  • Fully Broadband Multi-Coated Lenses: 99.7% transmission at every lens/air interface

  • Dielectric Prism Coating

  • Oversized BAK4 prism: high density optics with ample optical illumination for maximum brightness

  • Crystalview Lens Coating to repel water and oil from the objective lens


  • Mechanical Features


  • Dual Focus Speed: coarse focuser allows less than 2 turn from close focus to infinity, whereas fine focuser allows precise focusing control

  • Mg Alloy Body

  • Waterproof/Argon charged for fogproof

  • Twist-up/down eyecup with generous eye relief to accomodate glass wearers

  • See Through Carrying Case

  • Extendable Sunshade to reduces glare and protect lens from adverse weather condition

  • Rotating Tripod ring to allow flexibility in positioning the spotting scope

  • Zen ED2 Spotting Scope in the video (used with authorization by Adam Hiaring from Ridgeline Outdoor)







    ZenRay ED2 spotting scope review from Travis Brown on Vimeo.


    Dimension (HxW) 15.3 in (L) including eyepiece
    Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
    Magnification 20-60x
    Field of View 115-60 feet/1000 yards
    Eye Relief 20-18mm
    Close Focus 16 ft
    Weight 64 oz (including 20-60x EP)
    Interpupilary distance (IPD in mm) N/A
    Carrying case Snug-fit View-through Carrying Case
    Neckstrap N/A
    Ocular Lens Cover Yes
    Objective Lens Covers Yes

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    1. Good buy Review by Robert
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      Bought this scope online via Zen-Ray. Delivery as promised. So far no technical problems. Great clarity of the scope. Zoom works very well. Price / Value is excellent! I can recommend this scope to anyone without any doubt. (Posted on 4/13/13)

    2. Extemely Pleased Review by Bo
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      I had the opportunity to compare my Zen-Ray spotting to another name-brand spotting scope (costing the same amount) while hunting this past season. Without a doubt the Zen-Ray out performed this other spotting scope in all regards. At dawn and dusk I was able to see distinguish deer out on the open prairie almost a full 30 minutes before and after vs. the other name-brand spotting scope. The Zen-Ray’s clarity, with little or no distortion, from edge to edge was impressive. So in terms of performance vs. value the Zen-Ray was clearly the winner. As others have noted my suggestions for improvements are not to the scope itself but the accessories. 1. I would like to have a detachable base plate come with the spotting scope for ease of attaching and detaching from a window based unit to a tripod, etc. The bottom flap covering the attachment point would then need to be longer. 2. I would also like the cover to be made from a different material. Working in cold weather, with or without thin gloves on, I found the cover material to be slick. (Posted on 12/10/12)

    3. Alpha class image.... Review by Rui
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      Almost 2 years are gone...since this scope is backing me up in the field and never failed by direct comparison with others, Apo Leicas both 77 and 82, Swaro 80Hd, Zeiss 65 and 85. I allways managed to see exactly the same.

      Some time ago I published my thoughts on a birdforum thread, comparing with with a cherry 77 Apo Leica http://www.birdforum.net/showpost.php?p=2195186&postcount=52
      After that, and side by side with the new 82 Apo Leica, I couldnt see the diference, at 60x, the flamingos on the sun heated mudflats look exactly the same 2km away. (Posted on 10/15/12)

    4. Good scope great price Review by hammertime
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      Ive had many different spotting scopes and I cannot say this is the best scope Ive had, but definately in the top 5! Very user friendly, built well, clarity could be a touch better. All in all a good bang for your buck! (Posted on 10/3/12)

    5. You all done good! Review by JeffAZ
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      Take the best parts of the previous reviews and this echos my sentiments exactly! Great product, great price, solid construction, great glass! Home run here gentelmen. (Posted on 8/21/12)

    6. The Europeans better watch out! Review by DBULL
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      After much debate and alot of research I chose the Zen Ray ED-2 Spotter. I primarily use spotting scopes for long range wildlife viewing(HUNTING). After the Outdoor Life review I started conducting even more research and comparison of spotting scopes on the market. I decided to take a chance and ordered the ED-2 spotting scope direct from Zen-Ray. I will tell you that I am very pleasantly surprised.

      The ED-2 spotter actually seems clearer to me in a side by side comparison of a comparable Swarovski spotter. Also compared to a Meopta and Vortex. Actually no comparison is more like it. This product is of the higest quality and clarity of any optic I have ever purchased. There really is no comparison.

      After I received the scope I took it out in the field. The crystal clear images even in extreme108+ Texas temps was amazing. The usual mirage effect was minimal. At dusk the ED-2 spotter was remarkable and I just kept going on and on about the quality of this spotting scope.

      The only thing I would change is to have a detachable base mount. I would like to have the lens cap attached to the case. I can imagine it will get dusty and dirty where I hunt and potentially scratch my eyepiece.

      I would also have like to have compared this product prior to purchase. It would have been nice to test the spotter side by side with another scope. I took a gamble and ordered the Zen Ray and I don't regret it a bit. I even took the scope into a Ft. Worth Texas Cabela's when I purchased a tripod. I did have an opportunity to compare products then, and again there was no comparison.

      Overall I can't say enough good things about Zen Ray. The customer service was awesome. I had a problem with my credit card when I ordered and Customer Service actually called me to follow up. The order was delivered promptly, and I was even impressed by the quality of the box and packaging that it was delivered in. The Zen-Ray ED-2 spotter is the BEST value of ANY spotter on the market. Buy two today and give one o a friend and you'll still have saved 1000 Bucks. (Posted on 8/16/12)

    7. Excellent value, superb optics! Review by Montana Jim
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      After extensive research and review I decided to buy this spotting scope. I picked it up in the late evening, put it on my tripod and viewed five Osprey nesting 356 yards away. I could not believe the clarity and light retention well after sundown. I took advantage of the special offers for both the ED2 Spotting Scope and the PRIME HD binoculars. Paid for both what it would cost for one higher end pair of European binoculars. I am extremely pleased with both products. The front office is first rate, great service! (Posted on 8/4/12)

    8. Excellent Review by thomas
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      I was prepared to shell out twice the amount of money for a German spotting scope, until I read the year end review of optics in Outdoor Life. Outdoor life named the Zen-Ray ED2 as the best all-around scope. Having faith in Outdoor Life magazine, I opted to purchase the Zen-Ray spotting scope. Boy, I was not disappointed. The combination gross and fine focus is excellent. I am amazed at the detail, and the crispness of the image. I rate this a well-bought purchase. (Posted on 7/28/12)

    9. Great scope! Review by Jason
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      This is a great scope and a fantastic value! I'm very pleased with it and zen ray's costumer service is second to none. There a great company to do business with, especially when they offer such great products, they really make sure your happy with your purchase. I would definitely recommend this scop! (Posted on 7/24/12)

    10. DAMN GOOD SCOPE!! Review by HEAD-FREAKS
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      This spotter exceeded my expectations! I cannot believe the performance this scope packs for the price! I recently took it out for a weekend and did a little scouting for the up coming archery hunt. I was able to test it side by side with the old Vortex Skyline ED. Wasn't even fair! Yes, this scope did cost double and should outperform the Skyline. But a scope costing double this one should outperform this by a long shot RIGHT? WRONG! I don't need to pay twice as much to get 10% better performance at best. I will stick with Zen-Ray and let everybody else think they're getting better optiks, I mean optics with a C! I will be seeing how good customer service is soon! Yes its already had a fall, but it was on my back and came through it good except a little hit. Thank you Zen-Ray for building a solid reliable spotting scope! (Posted on 7/23/12)

    11. These glasses kicks ass! Review by Playa hatin
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      These glass kicks ass!!!!!! (Posted on 7/18/12)

    12. Outstanding Product Review by Muley505
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      I couldn't be happier with this scope. It is beautifully constructed from front to back. The eyepiece is clear and sharp to the edge of the field-of-view even at full magnification. It has sufficient eye relief to be used easily with glasses in place. The course and fine focus work extremely well and allow the scope to be focused very well without excessive movement. It also comes with a very functional and protective case.

      This scope, as near as I can tell, very closely mirrors the Vortex Razor while costing significantly less. I had originally planned on purchasing a Razor when my budget allowed, but I purchased this scope instead as it was nearly the same product at a significantly lower price that I was able to afford now.

      There are just two things that could be improved on to make it just a little more user-friendly: 1. I use a detachable base plate to attach the scope to my tripod for quick changes from binoculars to spotting scope, and the cover that comes with the scope has a little flap across the bottom that is not long enough to Velcro in place with the detachable plate in place. 2. The other thing that would be helpful would be to add a small lanyard to the objective lens cap so it could be removed and remain attached to the scope. This would make it less likely to be misplaced.

      I’m a person who does hours and days worth of glassing for wildlife, and this scope is perfect for just such an application. I am extremely satisfied with the price, fit, and function of this scope.
      (Posted on 6/18/12)

    13. Excellent scope, well worth the price Review by FrankD
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      I have had the ED2 scope for about 3 weeks now and am extremely impressed by its performance and overall build quality.

      For starters this scope is exceptionally compact and reasonably lightweight for an 82 mm scope. It is slightly shorter and noticeably lighter than the Theron Mag82 scope that I also have in my possession.

      Highpoints of this scope include:

      - Excellent dual speed focusing knob. Precise adjustments to focus are easily made with the fine focus feature. The focusing speed and tension, at both levels, is very, very good.

      - Overall quality of construction is excellent. There isn't any sign of quality control problems in any of the usual areas.

      - The scope's true strong point though is its optical performance. Color fringing is wonderfully well controlled with any of the factory supplied eyepieces (20-60x, 25-50x or 30x wide angle). The standard zoom is of excellent construction and offers a reasonably wide field of view. Its only weakness is a loss of the field stop edge at various point throughout the magnification range. Centerfield performance in all eyepieces is very good to excellent and certainly on par with any of the scopes I have tried at this point.

      I have also had the opportunity to try various 1.25 inch astro eyepieces in the scope (handheld mostly) and the optical performance improves even more.

      This is certainly one of those scopes that will perform at or above all of your expectations! (Posted on 7/14/11)

    14. A Brilliant Scope Review by Manuel
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      I´ve had the scope for a few weeks,and have used it almost daily,either in Day or night time..I seem to be getting a better impression every day I use it..
      It tested very well in Stars observation showing excellent correction,and offering among the sharpest views of pinpoint stars across then entire field of view.
      Views at 20X are typical of high quality scopes..Bright, Sharp and contrasty images that are pleasant and totally free of aberrations.
      High power images ,60X and beyond,Are not that typical..IN FACT are EXTRAORDINARY...Hig power is the ultimate test for optics,and the ZEN scope passes with high grades.at 60X the image is the Brightest I have seen,and remains free of aberrations and false color up to 160X and even 240X,when boosted to such power.Very impressive.
      The Scope Build quality is also impressive,and shows a trend of improving quality that seems to be ZEN´s motto.
      I invite You to try this scope,..Is Good (Posted on 6/1/11)

    15. a great scope Review by Charles
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      This thing is nasty sharp. No CA that I can see. I can't find anything wrong with it. Everything looks and feels great on it. The case is surprisingly nice too. Totally excellent across the board. I love it. (Posted on 5/19/11)

    16. Best Value, Amazing Spotter Review by Huntsman6711
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      After reading the reviews I was a little skeptical. After talking with owners of this product and others from Zen-Ray I decided to give this spotter a try, I glad I did! Have compared this to friends other known names in the optics world and it has meeted or exceeded what theirs can do out in the feild. Looking forward to back country trips with it to see what I have been missing without this in my pack. Looking now to start adding other products from Zen-Ray and have no dout they will be the same. Thanks for a great product! (Posted on 4/3/11)

    17. Top Notch Optics for the Professional Observer Review by Adamhiaring
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      We had the opportunity to test a demo unit during about a 3 month period that included a trip to alaska, 4 hard mountian hunts in Idaho, and numerous range visits. We we also able to compare the Zen Ray ED 2 to other "Alpha" brand units. The brightness and clarity through the entire focus range is as good as you will find in this range spotter. We were able to age sheep at up to 3 full miles in damp conditions with no problems. The edge to edge clarity is sharp as well. This is a huge help when really picking out animals in a full field of view. Size is right for a unit in the 82 mm class and the cover is a nice touch. Build quality was very high and the ability to remove the eyepiece is nice during travel, especially to Alaska and the mountianous regions. For the hunter or observer looking for the best in a full size spotting scope optic this is as good as it gets comparing any glass up to about $2500.00. Zen Ray also has world class customer service and we recommend them to all that inquire. We have a even more detailed review and video that gives more indepth review at Ridgelineoutdoors.com.

      Charles and Zen Ray, keep up the good work!!!! (Posted on 3/19/11)

    18. 20-60X82 Spotter Review by Tom
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      Very good product. I have spent some time with the scope comparing it to other scopes, some in the same price range and sum much more expensive. If you are looking for a scope in the 80mm class this should be your scope. The case fits good the EP is high quality and the custumer service is some of the best I have delt with. (Posted on 3/18/11)


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