For a high-quality, mid-price spotting scope meant for viewing or digiscopy, the Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 does everything well. It gives crisp optics, a light frame, and dependability.
Binoculars are great—but only to an extent. As every nature lover, hunter, and birder knows, even field glasses with 12X can’t always give enough detail of a target objective, or the necessary field of view for scanning a setting. The next step up for the committed enthusiast is a spotting scope. Starting at 15 or 20X, yielding a much wider field of view, and gathering enough light for early morning or late evening viewing, the spotting scope is a default tool for those who are dedicated to their avocations.
An outstanding choice for a spotting scope and one that has exemplary quality, a great number of highly functional features, and recommendations from a wide range of users is the Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85 spotting scope with the 30-60X 85-millimeter ocular lens. This review will take a close look at the Gavia 85, examining its origins and its specs and its best uses before hearing how it functions out in the field.