Originally Posted by Broz
I have the Swaro ATS 20~60 x 80 HD. The problem seeing bullet holes is not the spotter it is the Mirage. If we could get rid of the heat waves any of the spoters would probably work. I find my self backing down on power to reduce the mirage and get a clearer picture.
All this said I am basiclly satisfied with the scope. But for what it cost I am not doing back flips about its performance.
I meant to bring that up yesterday and forgot. A friend of mine has a older Swaro and the new HD. Sometimes he likes the older one better because for some reason it seams to not pick up as much Mirage as the new one. However in low light conditions, there is no comparison, HD all the way. Without alot of Mirage, any of the upper end scopes will show you bullet holes at 500M and beyond.
As far as movement while focusing, the Kowa is very good that way, they have dual focusing knobs that allow a fast focus and then a fine tuning. Nice thing is because you only touch the knobs and not grasping the whole scope there is less wiggle. On the other hand, at first the knobs were not a natural motion to find while looking through the scope at the same time. But after a few hours behind it, it is natural now but the ring type focus on my Nikon was more natural feeling but not near as precise.
I also find I hardly ever turn mine up past about 40x as I naturally shake and no matter what scope it bounces unless I hold myself off of it. I actually wish Kowa would produce a 15x extra-wide angle eyepiece for the scope to cover more terrain at one time while scan spotting, this would be very useful when looking for Antelope on the huge prairies out here.
My next step for my Kowa is I want to get it fully setup for digiscoping but dang it is spendy.