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    Swaro sts 20-60 X 65mm

    All, I am getting ready to buy a Swarovski spotter. This is a purchase I have put off for more than 25 years and as a result have a collection of other spotters from cheap to mid priced that just didnt cut it in the field. The Swaro product quality and reputation seem to lead the marketplace?

    While this is going to be a once in a lifetime purchase (I should have made years ago) should I consider another manufacturer like Leica or Zeiss or some other manufacturer? No one has done a shootout comparison of this class glass in a several years that I can see...... is it still the one to beat ?

    I am thinking the 65 MM objective with a 20-60 eyepiece in the straight configuration, because its packable from a space perspective and the configuration is what I am used to having.

    I will be using this on hunts in the west and on sight seeing trips, it will be babied 80% of teh time and carried on hunts once a year...not consistent rugged use.

    Your thoughts and experiences are appreciated.

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    Here is a comparison that another member did.

    http://forum.eastmans.com/showthread...bela-s-tonight
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    I'll put my Kowa up against the Swaro any day of the week! Can't go wrong with any of the big names really. If you look into reviews from the birding world, who are ridiculously picky about clarity and distortion, you will hear a lot about the kowa being one of the best. Worth a look if you want to save a little coin but still get a phenomenal scope.

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    +1 on the Kowa! I love mine.

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    All the big names are great. You may as well go with the swaro though if you want what you think is the best. I've never heard anyone say that "my swarovski is at least as good as .......". I think it is general consensus that Swarovski would sit on top of the list for the majority of the people (though likely not by much).

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    The long short of it is that if you have been saving and wanting a Swaro spotting scope get the Swaro. If not you will be second guessing yourself as long as you own the other brand that you purchased.
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    I have a STS 65mm Swaro with the 20-60 eye piece. This is an outstanding optic. I expect you will be happy with it. Just remember, even the Swaro spotter is at the mercy of the environmental conditions that you using it in.

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    Buy the Swarovskis, don't overthink it........

    Plenty of good glass out there, and perhaps comparable glass out there, but absolutely no better glass out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conibear View Post
    Buy the Swarovskis, don't overthink it........

    Plenty of good glass out there, and perhaps comparable glass out there, but absolutely no better glass out there.
    What this guy said! I love my 20-60x65mm Swaro's

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    The Kowa and The Swaro are really close I think the the Swaro has a slightly wider field of view. I've also heard some very good things about the Zeiss but I haven't had the opportunity to use one yet.

 

 
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