A passion for precision describes the level of quality Swarovski incorporates into this 80mm, aluminum body spotting scope. From the razor-sharp images to the day-to-day functionality, customers love their Swarovski HD scope. The HD scopes have fluoride-containing lenses to minimize color fringing, offer sharp, high-contrast images, and benefit digiscoping results. Excellent light transmission is achieved with the fully multi-coated and Swarotop lens coatings. You'll find the Swaroclean coating keeps your view clear as it works to repel water and residue from external 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.
Aluminum 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.
Repels water and residue on outer glass surfaces.
Objective Lens Diameter
80mm HD angled spotting scope body (eyepieces sold seperately)
This is a truly great scope - terrific definition and color - particularly useful for ID’ing the ducks way on the other side of the pond, or the small bird in the middle of a large field. It’s not inexpensive, but if you're a serious birder, this scope is well worth the investment.
jim from Washington State
This is one great crystal-clear scope. I looked heavily at the Kowa 88 & 77, Zeiss and the Swaro 80mm HD (not to mention less quality mid-priced brands) but elected to go with this one. I think quality wise you are not going to go wrong purchasing any of the big 3 scopes. At this level of the market, quality is just inherent. What sold me on the Swaro of all things was the "Lack" of dual focus. I prefer the ease of the Swaro focal ring. Since I bird and my line of sight is constantly moving, I wanted the freedom to have just one hand focusing while the other hand was moving the scope. Makes sense....going for a bird 'near' to that 'afar' would require ( in my thinking) a hand to manipulate one focus knob and move it to the other more refined knob on a dual focus. With a Swaro, one focal ring, that's it. Perfect.
Apart from that, the Swaro is tops. Focus is sharp and clear..The view reminds me of HD TV. The eyepiece works well all the way up to 60 zoom even in pretty poor weather. The rain shield is easy to use as it slides out from the scope barrel (Much like my Canon 300mm F4 lens...same design).
I debated on the 65 or the 80mm and am glad I have the larger aperture 80. Even though the 80mm is a bit heavier, I knew I would get into digiscoping which I have, so the larger aperture brings in more light. So plan ahead. If you are even thinking of digiscoping and want quality images, go for the 80 in any scope. I like the fact that Swaro has their own line of digiscoping accessories meant just for their scopes. That is a plus for I know all will work. Lastly, I have heard of Swaro's reputation for service and I haven't had to use it but, I have been in contact with Swaro's marketing manager on an international bird forum. By reading his blogs on digiscoping and personal contact, I feel like I have this extra bit of service that I might not have otherwise.
My philosophy on my birding equipment is to buy the best you can or else you are going to regret it later on. Swaro 80mm HD is the best, so I bought it.
Amazing spotting scope, especially on sale!
Ben Warner from Sunbury, OH
Even with todays new scopes (Leica 82mm, Kowa 88mm Prominar, etc) I'd still go with this scope. I've had mine for 3 years now and have loved every minute of it, from Great Gray Owl digiscoping and watching at dusk in -5 Deg. F, to countless hours in hot humid ohio watching shorebirds, this scope has preformed flawlessly. The HD lens is a must for digi-scope photography and it produces stunning images easily with the wonderfully designed accessories. I use both the 20-60x zoom and new 25-50 zoom which is great (except for limited eye-relief). Its light weight and ergonomic streamlined and compact design is as attractive as it is functional. The rubber armoring is good, better than competitors. Foot design is convienient, especially with bogen or swarovski tripods (no need of a plate). The focus ring is different from other scopes, but is well put together and easy to use in most situations, no problems with focus action causing vibrations while viewing. Great stuff to last a lifetime.
Great Spotting Scope
Jim Springer from south Florida
I have had this scope for 5 years and it has seen a lot of use, both as a spotting scope for shooting competitions and general bird watching and photography. I have a wide angle 30x eyepiece that works great if you wear glasses. The clarity, contrast and color are very good. It has also held up very well to fairly rough handling. The little locator on the side is not helpful. I have better results just sighting along the barrel especially at night when looking at the skies.
It was expensive but you really do get a very high quality scope that works well.
Simply The Best!
Frank Huminski from Edgewater Park, NJ
We evaluated many scopes prior to buying the Swarovski with the 20-60 zoom. Birds are much clearer, brighter and easier to identify than any other scope we tried - and we tried many! We have had opportunity since then to compare with others - at Cape May platform the Rangers preferred it to all others! In a recent trip to Florida we were able to spot a great horned owl when other scopes could not. Expensive? Maybe - but worth every penny, surely a great value! Rugged - yes! We have carried it over all kinds of terrain (forests, sand dunes, marsh, swamp, fields, hills) for miles and it has survived as good as new. Digiscoping is next - as soon as we pick out the right digital camera.