Swarovski Spotting Scope Review – Good Enough or Not?
Swarovski is One of the prominent spotting scope brands worldwide. They have some good quotes for birding, hunting, and for shooting. The brand is recognised for their high definition glasses and durability of the products.
Let's take a good look at 4 of the amazing ranges of spotting scopes that Swarovski has to offer, to see which ones are great for shooting ranges, birding, hunting etc.
1. Swarovski Spotting Scope High Definition Glass
Streamlined, sleek, and most definitely stylish (are about as far away from those big and boxy old-school spotting scopes you may have used in the past), the Swarovski HD-STS 80 utilizes a full 20/60 X Zoom eyepiece to give a crystal-clear viewing experience over incredibly long distances.
You won’t have any trouble whatsoever picking up even the finest details at extremely long ranges when you have a look through the eyepiece of this spotting scope.
Overall, the focus wheel of the zoom lens optic feature is very large and effortless to maneuver on the fly. It isn’t ever intrusive or “in the way”, but it’s never out of reach or difficult to get a handle on, either.
2. Swarovski ATX Spotting Scope Angled Modular Zoom Eyepiece
The ATX Spotting Scope Modular Zoom Eyepiece (Angled Viewing) from Swarovski is a wide angle eyepiece specifically engineered for the ATX spotting scope series.
The angled-view configuration is well-suited for digiscoping and long-duration observation with your premium Swarovski optics. This eyepiece is compatible with the ATX-65, ATX-85, and ATX-95 objective assemblies.
Mounted with either the ATX-65 or ATX-85 objective assembly, this zoom eyepiece has a magnification range of 25-60x; when mounted on the ATX-95 model, the magnification range is 30-70x.
Ergonomic handling and user-friendly functionality makes the ATX eyepiece an observer's delight. The eyepiece quickly attaches/detaches from the objective assembly's bayonet mount, making the scope easy to disassemble, transport, and store.
Swarovski engineered the angled-view eyepiece's focus dial to precisely align with the zoom dial on the objective assembly, enabling one-handed adjustments to field of view and zoom.
This feature is especially useful when tracking an object, requiring one hand to guide the tripod head. This eyepiece's generously wide viewing angle, extra-long eye relief, and click-stop twist-in eyecup makes using your ATX spotting scope a world-class glassing experience.
The new Swarovski scopes are available in angled or straight-through design.
Angled body design, as in the 95mm angled scope at right, lets users of different heights share the scope without changing the legs of the tripod.
The angled design also makes it easier to look upward or to use the scope from a car window. This is the style that almost all of our customers select. Although nearly all birders prefer the angled design, a straight-through model is also available.
3. Swarovski BTX Eyepiece Module
Swarovski's new BTX Ocular Module, a new option for their ATX spotting scopes, makes for a visual experience that goes beyond anything we've seen before. Imagine looking through a superb spotting scope, but using both eyes!
When you first look through the BTX eyepiece module, you feel as if a door has opened wide. It's really hard to convey the expansive sense of immersion and presence.
It's also more comfortable to view with two eyes. You can gaze for a long time. Any sense of squinting through one eye or sense of eye fatigue is gone. This is wonderful for extended observation of the behavior of birds or other animals.
Your brain is designed to compare images coming from two eyes and use the information coming from both to construct what you see. With two channels coming into your visual processing center, you perceive more detail. Using two eyes makes the image more real, richer, and more natural.
This BTX accessory is one of the options made possible when Swarovski created their innovative ATX scope design that grouped the prism system and the eyepiece together as one part, and the objective front lens as another.
This allowed them to make the system more modular. You can use the same eyepiece with a 65, 85, or 95mm objective. The BTX doesn’t zoom: its magnification is fixed. But Swarovski also makes a 1.7x Magnification Extender if you need more.
4. Swarovski Spotting Scope HD-ATS 80
The Swarovski ATS 80 HD is a high definition premium spotting scope that is bound to perform exceptionally no matter what weather conditions, light conditions or the complexity of the target that you are shooting.
But all this does not come with the price of having to carry around a weighty device. The Swarovski ATS 80 HD is light, compact and portable measuring 13.98 inches and weighing about 45.2 ounces.
The dark grayish green and black exterior gives it a professional look and the sleek cylindrical body fits in easily almost everywhere.
The Swarovski spotting scope HD-ATS 80 High Definition Glass along with the other coatings features a Swaroclean coating on the lens surface. This coating makes removing mineral residues, tree resins and insect repellants, a really easy task.
Also the Swarovski spotting scope HD-ATS 80 High Definition Glass is a dustproof and waterproof device that lasts you a lifetime. The Swarovski spotting scope HD-ATS 80 High Definition Glass also comes with a lifetime warranty to add to this.
The rubber armoring of Swarovski spotting scope HD-ATS 80 High Definition Glass is known for its great ability to absorb shock and sound. Apart from being dustproof the device can also be submerged to 13 feet below water and still manage to work perfectly.
Q - What is Military-grade glass?
Ans - Although the manufacturers never clearly stated anything about this military grade glass feature, we assume this means the glass is more durable and of greater clarity.
Q - Are spotting scopes better than binoculars?
Ans - There is no single answer that fits all. It all depends on the personal preference.
A spotting scope has a narrow field of vision whereas binoculars have greater field of vision that some people can’t live without. Spotting scopes are more complex to use than binoculars.
Some people do not like the one eyed visual of a spotting scope as it makes them uncomfortable to use for a longer period of time. However, a spotting scope has far greater magnification range than a binocular.
If a birder is comfortable using a binocular and then he can easily transition into spotting scopes. With a few days of practice anyone can get used to a spotting scope and realise how powerful a scope is compared to a binocular.
Q - What do the numbers mean on spotting scopes?
Ans - You’ll generally see two sets of numbers on every spotting scope. the first pair of numbers refer to the zooming capability of the scope And the second set of numbers tell the diameter of the objective lens.
Q - What is the difference between a telescope and a spotting scope?
Ans - If your main goal is to look at things on the land, get a spotting scope. Spotting scopes have a very few features and they are easy to use. For bird watching or looking at wildlife - a spotting scope can be very handy tool.
You can also view the night sky with your spotting scope but it will not be as good quality as a telescope. Telescopes are made for watching stars ans they are much more complicated as the power is nowhere near the low range of spotting scopes.
Telescopes will give you a wilder range of features and if you’re looking for a lot of flexibility in your scope, telescopes are best for your buck. They’re quite complicated to use but for the accuracy of viewing, it’s worthy.
Q - What is better straight or angled spotting scope?
Ans - Angled spotting scopes generally have their eyepiece at a 45 degree angle to the scope body. Angled spotters are a little more difficult to use because your line of sight is now on an angle making it harder to detect moving targets.
Usually, hunters who have some experience with spotting scopes can do better with them.
Q - What is eye relief on a spotting scope?
Ans - It is the space in mm between the eyepiece of your spotting scope and your eye that still lets you to get a complete field of view image in focal point. For usual eyeglass wearers, having an eye relief between 12-15mm is completely adequate.
Q - Is a spotting scope necessary for hunting?
Ans - Most spotting scopes have a magnification somewhere between 15 and 20x. They also have a very large objective lens (the optical element at the front of the scope), which lets in a tremendous amount of light to give the scope unmatched clarity, even in low light conditions.
They are extremely useful for when you’re devising a strategy for your hunt – watching your prey’s movements, examining entry and exit points from where you can make the kill shot, and seeing what kind of obstructions could be encountered along the way.
Q - What is ED glass in spotting scopes?
Ans - ED glass is probably the most important glass type for hunters is ED (Extra low Dispersion) glass. It means low chromatic aberration, giving you a sharper image and more accurate color rendering. They come in standard form in most premium quality binoculars, spotting scopes and rifle scopes.