Swarovski's latest spotting scope design incorporates new magnesium technology for a lighter weight body. Suited for rugged use in harsh conditions, the full rubber armoring protects against impacts. Swarovski's passion for precision shines through lenses that offer high contrast and razor-sharp images. From exquisite views to the day-to-day functionality, customers love their Swarovski HD scope. Swarovski's proprietary coatings afford users the best light transmission, life-like color reproduction, and easy-to-clean lenses. The excellent 16-foot close focus allows you to enjoy scoping in the backyard when you can't get out in the field. Swarovski provides a limited lifetime warranty for their spotting scopes.
High-density (HD) Glass
Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Optimize light transmission through the prisms.
Offer maximum image quality and durability in a traditional design.
Angled Body Design
Is favored by users of different heights for viewing without adjusting the tripod height as frequently. The angled design works well when viewing at an upward angle.
Helical Focus Ring
Allows for quick adjustments.
Magnesium Alloy Body
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Reduces glare and shields the objective lens from raindrops.
Rotating Tripod Ring
Allows greater flexibility when positioning the spotting scope.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the spotting scope.
Barrel is filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
First let me say that I was very nervous about spending nearly 4 grand for a scope. But my wife argued that why waste money buying something inferior just to end up buying this one in the end. SO... I did it! After comparing several very good scopes at Eagle's store with the help of a very good salesperson, He showed me this scope and the difference was more than significant, it was spectacular. Brightness was immediately noticed then looking at the edges of the image, we noticed clarity with zero aberration. He then mounted the scope to Swarovski's Carbon fiber tripod , the CT travel with the DH101 head. The assembly is as light as it gets. The scope is shorter, lighter that any others, the CT travel is super light and the head is too. Total weight is exactly 9 lb. including the stay on case. Then there is the focus ring. Such a pleasure to use. Especially for my Arthritic fingers.
Can't beat it
jim from Washington
Best scope..period. I say that for I love the helical focus. Now I know there are others out there who prefer the dual focus knobs that many scopes come with but the helical focus is easy to use, with gloves, bare hand etc... Also, if you are into digiscoping, I love the DCB that Swaro has. This adapter is a 'swing away' adapter that allows you to swing the camera up and out of the way when you want to focus thru the eyepiece. When ready, just swing down. That way you are not playing with the camera and where to put it as you focus via the eye piece.
Also...color and light, quality..and ergonomics is exceptional. The scope just feels right and has a good balance to it. Swaro's 80 HD are hard to beat. I purchased the 20-60mm zoom over the 25-50 just for greater zoom. Yes I give up a bit on FOV but the lower 20mm is that much better for digiscoping and the higher range of 60 while not used that much, came in handy on the coast with sea birds.
This is not a cheap scope but it is one you will have for life. I learned a long time ago...save up and buy 'once'...as opposed to taking a loss on a cheaper scope and repurchasing when you want better quality. ...
Why did I wait?
Laurens from southeast Arizona
Upgrading from a twenty-five year old spotting scope, this Swarovski 80mm ATM combined with the 25-50x eyepiece is incredible. Clarity and brightness are excellent. The scope was in the field the day after receiving it and the first bird it was put on was a Five-striped Sparrow. Even in poor light, I observed subtle details in the plumage of this sparrow that I had missed in hundreds of observations previously. I still have some practise before I will be comfortable with the angled lens versus a straight through.
A Treat to Own
David H from North Carolina
My wife and I decided we only wanted to purchase a scope one time and as a result we bought the Swarovski 80 mm ATM HD. We have not been disappointed. It has now been used in a variety of conditions - haze, rain, sun, and wind and has performed at, or above, the level we anticipated. We consider it a prize possession in our birding arsenal and would gladly recommend it to anyone concerned with clarity of image, stability of image, and weight.
Asuperb spotting scope
Bill Dellinges from Apache Junction, Arizona
I ordered this spotting scope back in 2002 from Eagle. This scope is about as good as it gets. It should be for what it costs. Many know the reputation of Swarovski binoculars which, along with Leica and Zeiss, are considered the best on the planet. This scope is in the same class and does not disappoint. It's carrying case is quite handsome and sturdy. The optics and build quality are second to none (I expected this because I own their 7x42 SLC binos, which are incredible also). Images are bright and crystal clear to virtually the field's edge. I have also used this scope for astronomy. It works quite well on the moon, Jupiter, and star clusters like the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) and Beehive Cluster (M44 in Cancer). I chose the 30x fixed power over the zoom eyepiece because zoom ep's don't have enough eye relief for me as an eyeglass wearer. The ep has a very nice screw down eyecup for adjusting eye relief. This power gives a 2.4 degree field. Any negatives? Two minor ones: it took me a while to get used to a helical focusing system until I learned it was easy to turn if my hand grapsed it from underneath. The little metal peephole finder on the side leaves something to be desired for a finding device.