Hi folks, I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a new spotting scope primarily intended for mule deer at not so close ranges; it will be used a lot for back pack hunting. I've narrowed down the field to the following angled scopes:
= Swarovski ATM HD 20-60 x 65 (or 25-50W x 65)
= Zeiss FL Diascope T*FL 15-56 x 65
These are the cream of the crop and I'm sure they are both superb. I haven't seen anyone comparing them directly, and would like to get some input on either side of the fence before I plunk the $$$ down.
I had looked at the 80 & 85mm scopes, and the Vortex Razor had great reviews for the price, but like all of the 80/85's I think they are too heavy. I know they'll have a better image, but I figure moving up from the my current spotter (none!) to a 65, especially for backpacking, will be an eyeopener.
I currently have a set of Swaro's 15x56. On a tripod these are supreme out to about the 1/2 mile mark, but beyond that accurately (!) juding a rack is tough. I've also used the Nikon Field ED 15-30 x 50. That is a great scope for the size and price, but beyond about a mile you back in the same boat.
Any input would be appreciated, and any new ideas as well for the above list. Also, any feedback on the Swaro 20-60 lense vs. the newer 25-50w would be great. In that regard, I really like the Zeiss 15-56 (on paper anyway).
Thanks in advance!