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.