How does the "non-HD" Swarovski spotting scope compare?
I am also looking for an "80mm" spotter and have also narrowed it to a Swarovski or Razor, so this may be a good thread to ask my questions. I started using Swarovski binoculars and spotting scopes about 15 years ago, and am totally sold on their products and warranty work. However, the excellent reports and the advertised warranty on Vortex has me giving them a serious look this time around.
I have been using a "non-HD" Swarovski 65 spotter for several years now. Last fall while hunting Colorado, I was trying to size up a mule deer buck at first light and desperately needed more light gathering. I believe if I go with one of the bigger 80mm+ spotters that will help considerably in that area. I plan to keep my Swarovski 65 for when I want to lessen weight and bulk, therefore I already own the Swarovski 20-60x eyepiece. Here are the questions I am hung up on:
1. HD versus NON-HD: Since I already have the Swarovski eyepiece, I am thinking of going with the non-HD Swarovski 80 (body only) with is similarly priced to the Razor HD 85 (complete scope with eyepiece). How do you think these two scopes will compare optically? One shop that specializes in hunting optics said that with the naked eye I would really not see much difference between an HD and non-HD Swarovski and this difference is mainly seen when digiscoping. If that is true, I can live with that. If I would have a hard time distinguishing a difference (optically) between the "non-HD" Swarovski 80 to a Razor HD 85, I will go with the Swarovski.
2. MOUNTING: This is a lesser issue but still important to me. I have been using my Swarovski scope with a Manfrotto tripod and have found that the mounting foot on the Swarovski spotter will clamp in directly without the need for an adapter plate. I really like that feature! Does anyone know if the Razor HD 85 will also mount directly in the Manfrotto head without the need for an adapter plate?