Over the past several months, through the forbearance of Carl Zeiss, Inc., I’ve been able to form a meaningful relationship with two spotting scopes that deserve special attention. Neither is brand-new, and I believe I’ve written about at least one before. But so what? Would you play Screamin’ Jay Hawkins recording of “I’ll Put a Spell on You” only once? Huh?

The first of these is the Victory DiaScope T* FL, which comes in 65mm and 85mm versions. (I had the 85.) It’s rubber-armored, runs from 20X to 75X, weighs 52 ounces, comes in straight or angled versions, and costs a lot of money. You can look up the price yourself as it varies considerably by source.

The important thing about this instrument is, its brightness, sharpness, and high magnification render it nearly intergalactic in its capabilities. If you’re a serious shooter, it’s worth the money, period. It will do things that other spotting scopes can’t.


The other scope is the Dialyt Spotter, an 18X-45X modification of the traditional Alpine guide’s drawtube scope, except that this Zeiss is solid, and therefore waterproof. It’s heavily rubber armored and designed to be used without a tripod which, trust me, is a major convenience. You can balance it on your pack, or your friend Ed if he happens to be lying down (be careful about this sort of thing) or the saddle of your horse Thunderdent, or damn near anything. To this grizzled old jaeger, the Dialyt Spotter is the only legitimate competition for the Leupold Golden Ring as a hunting scope.

As for price, see my remarks under DiaScope. And it may bring a smile to your faces to know that I sent them both back with profoundest feelings of schwermut, Verzweiflung, und todeangst.*

*Gloom, despair, and agony.