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Old 10-07-2003, 10:14 PM
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Re: 20-60X-80mm Spotting Scopes

Well it is actualy 850.00 plus a mail in rebate for 150.00. The scope is new and so is the tripod. http://www.cameralandny.com/binocula...ax_scopes.html
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Old 10-08-2003, 04:41 AM
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Re: 20-60X-80mm Spotting Scopes

Has anyone considered the Nikon line of spotters?
I agree, Swaro probably has no equal, but this is a real nice spotter..sakofan..
http://nikonusa.com/usa_product/prod...productNr=7554
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Old 10-08-2003, 09:51 AM
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Re: 20-60X-80mm Spotting Scopes

Last weekend we compared a Nikon ED to the HD Swaro, to my eyes the Nikon had truer color rendition, I could not decide which was sharper (definition) - they are both superb. The Swaro had a strange grey-yellow cast to the image, the Nikon was bang-on re what the light was doing vs what we saw through the scopes. I really like the big eyepiece on the Swaro, it is quality all the way.

I have used a Swara a lot and they are superb, but suspect that a heavy advertising budget helps with their reputation and brand loyalty. Truth is I have seen a lot of negative stuff with that brand, maybe because I have been around a lot of Swaro users. For example turrets should NOT separate off of brand new scopes but it happened a while back - just shows that any manufacturer can let a lemon slip out ( I also know of a new Zeiss that had a wonky turret assembly - no crosshair movement period, and several other really good scopes that failed miserably as in internal fogging, terrible optics, one dial was marked left but moved the bullet right etc.)

I believe that the new Swaro displaced the Nikon 78ED scope in those birder trials, but Nikon has just countered with a bigger ED scope that might reclaim the title, not sure tho.

I am using both 60 and 78 ED scopes from Nikon and the only scope that has come close to matching them is the new HD Swaro. There are some excellent scopes that I have never compared to so far, but the ED's kick Leupold, Bushnell B&L type scopes pretty bad.

I am not saying the Nikon ED is the only fine scope on the market, just real happy with mine.
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Old 10-08-2003, 01:47 PM
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Re: 20-60X-80mm Spotting Scopes

I have not had a chance to compare my scope with the newest 80 mm Swaro HD. This past weekend it ended up where my Pentax was set up next to both a 65 mm HD Swaro, and a Leupold Gold ring, but my evaluation of that is it was not an apples to apples comparison. You can never expect the smaller scopes to perform as well, and it was an overcast day to boot. I can say out of 13 shooters that looked through it everyone was impressed. I would also look at the Nikons and the Swaro myself. Price was a big factor for me though since I have to many other projects going. I have used my scope for 9 days in the field so far this deer season, and 5 of those days where in the rain. The scope never got a chance to dry out and spent several nights in a tent down at 28 to 30 degrees after getting thoroughly soaked that day. I never had any type of problem with it. I guess all I can say is that it is doing everything I ask of it to date. I only wish it was under 30 ounces for my backpack hunts. There will always be that trade off in weight though. Keep in mind the size of these scopes. You might want to think of one of the 65 mm scopes for serious field use. I choose to lug mine even on backpack hunts, but I am still fairly young and dumb at heart. I also stay in good shape, so lugging 80 pounds of gear just hurts instead of killing me.

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Old 10-08-2003, 04:33 PM
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Re: 20-60X-80mm Spotting Scopes

Anybody tried the Tactical Fieldscope TFIII 20-45X 60mm??
Good to see so much love for my Nikons..sakofan..
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Old 10-08-2003, 05:24 PM
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Re: 20-60X-80mm Spotting Scopes

Is the TFIII offered with a Mil Dot reticule?
If so that may be the next scope I buy for Tac use.
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Old 10-08-2003, 05:26 PM
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Re: 20-60X-80mm Spotting Scopes

I have the Nikon Tactical ED 60mm scope and it is very fine. We use it on the ground for the spotter and the big 78 on a heavy tripod behind the shooters for another spotter when we have several guys busting rocks or shooting steel. It is not as bright as the 78 but it is a fine spotting scope for the money.
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