by Michael and Diane Porter
The Swarovski scope described below has been discontinued and is no longer available.
Swarovski AT80-HD High Definition Scope
60x resolution score: 18
Superbly sharp from center to edge, this 80mm scope was the favorite
of several of our judges. We could detect no color fringing, even looking
with high magnifications at thin black branches against a bright sky,
a situation that caused most of the scopes in our trials to demonstrate
halos of varying colors.
Although this is a full-sized scope, with an objective lens slightly
larger than the Leica Televid-77, the Swarovski is relatively lightweight.
Excellent engineering and ergonomic design make it feel nimble and graceful
in the hand.
The high-quality 20-60x zoom eyepiece offers excellent eye relief for
glasses wearers. The zoom and other bayonet-mount eyepieces attach easily
and neatly with a twist. The scope is well sealed and waterproof.
With no other scope we tested was it faster to find a bird and bring
it into focus. Sights on top of the sunshade make aiming easy. Lay your
hand on top of the scope, and your palm falls on the focus mechanism,
a ribbed band that extends all the way around the barrel. Focusing is
smooth and silky. The same hand that's swinging the scope into position
is already focusing, and you could focus even wearing heavy gloves.
It comes in a straight-through model as well, the AT80, shown above.
The Scopes at a Glance - A Chart
Here we tabulate the essential specs on all the scopes we tested and their
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