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Swaro to Gold Ring HD= Huge disappointment

 
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:34 PM
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Swaro to Gold Ring HD= Huge disappointment

So I had a non HD Swarovski spotting scope that I have used for a 3 years, awesome glass, obviously but as heavy as my 30" barreled Edge. I wanted something with close to the same glass but much lighter and compact for putting in my pack.

It looked like my only option was the Leupold Gold Ring HD, which I found many great reviews for but when I got it on the tripod, man was I disappointed. At 12X everything looks good, anything above that, I can't get a clear picture, looks out of focus no matter what. Every time I move my head the image moves and the whole picture gets wavy, not clear on the edges the list goes on and on.

My question is, did I miss a model somewhere out there that is compact and lighter like the Gold Ring but with much better glass. Please let me know if you are aware of one.

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Old 06-10-2012, 07:27 PM
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Re: Swaro to Gold Ring HD= Huge disappointment

HEY BRIAN! Ever take a gander at a nikon 50mm ed? I have heard great things about those. even smaller and lighter yet.
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Re: Swaro to Gold Ring HD= Huge disappointment

They are a step below the Leo,and have very little eye relief,have to be right in scope practically bumping it. I have older Leo non hd.It is fair up to 30 but not in same class as ziess-Swaro.The 50 is small field of view
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Re: Swaro to Gold Ring HD= Huge disappointment

Hey Zach,

Have you used one of those Nikon's? I am just not sure sure that the Nikon glass would be up to snuff.....
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:41 AM
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Re: Swaro to Gold Ring HD= Huge disappointment

i'd bet that the gold ring you purchased is defective.exchange it for another one and i bet your problem is solved.gold ring series spotters are pretty nice glass and your description of the one you have is not the norm for these spotters.
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Re: Swaro to Gold Ring HD= Huge disappointment

You need to talk with Leupold or the dealer you bought from. That is unlike anything I have ever seen in their HD lineup and I have looked through a few.

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Old 06-11-2012, 02:12 PM
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Re: Swaro to Gold Ring HD= Huge disappointment

zeiss makes a dialyte spotting scope, and also if had an older swarovski spotter, the new magnesium bodies are lighter. if you liked the normal swarovski spotter, the HD models are really nice in high mirage conditions.
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