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    Swarovski HD Series Spotting Scope

    Looking for some advice. I'm thinking about purchasing a Swarovski STM-65 HD 25-50X65 spotter. Price tag is $2,549.99 and I have $1,900 in Cabelas cash to throw at it. Should I go for it or shoot for something a little cheaper to leave some cash for some other toys?

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    What are your intended uses?

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    High Country spotting mainly. Will pack w/me into the backcountry.

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    I would recommend the Nikon ED50, if it is for high-country backpacking. It is truly light and compact, and optically excellent. The Swaro 65HD is almost as long, and almost as heavy (the difference is 9 ounces) as it's 80mm big brother. If you are set on the Swarovski, I think there are more advantages to the larger aperture of the 80mm version. The extra 9 ounces would be worth it to me for the better low-light performance.

    the Nikon ED50 is half the weight of the Swaro 65HD. If you go for the Nikon, you can use the money you save for some other high-country tools.

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    Appreciate the input! I've had my eye on the 65mm Swarovski a long time but your 80mm comment has me thinking. Again, thanks for your help on this.
    Preserve our hunting heritage. Take a kid on your next hunting adventure!

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    The Swaro 80HD is an excellent instrument in every way. It is also the lightest of the "Big" spotters. Before you buy, however, take a look at the Vortex Razor 85HD. It is the optical equal of the Swaro 80HD, and quite a bit less expensive, although a bit heavier.

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    Will do and again, thanks for the advice!
    Preserve our hunting heritage. Take a kid on your next hunting adventure!

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    I've used the 80mm swaro for the last 7 years and just sold it the other day. I'm getting the Swaro ATM 25x50x65 HD. I do a lot of backcountry hiking, hunting and camping and the smaller size will be easier to carry and fit into my pack. Swaro has a great warranty with excellent customer service and accesories to go with thier products including digiscope equipment. My optics of choice is Swarovski. Everybody compares thier optics with Swaro because it is simply one of the best as is Zeiss and Leica and some other namebrands. I cannot comment on the Vortex Razor spotter but I am very impressed with Vortex as a company. Thier warranty is unmatched and they too have put forth great effort to supply the customer with accessories. I'm a Swaro man but I think you would be just fine with Vortex if you choose that route. fatrooster.

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    talk to Mike at *CaptivateMoutdoors.com* he will get you a great deal on a Swaro spotter !

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    Well, I ended up driving to Hamburg, PA this morning and bought the Swarovski STM-65 (non-HD) 20-60X65 spotter - $1779 at Cabela's but FREE with my Cabela's Club points! Looking forward to this fall!!!
    Preserve our hunting heritage. Take a kid on your next hunting adventure!

 

 

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