Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Swarovski scopes: is the ATX that much better than the ATS?

I am looking to make my last optics purchase: a Swarovski scope.

Will I get comparable quality purchasing the ATS version with an eye piece as with purchasing the ATX setup? Seems like I would be saving several hundred dollars with ATS + zoom lens as opposed to buying the modular ATX version. Right?

The 25 x 50 wide angle eyepiece sounds interesting. Any in-house opinions regarding  the 25x50 zoom versus the 20 X 60 Swarovski zoom lenses?

Richard T.


Dear Richard,
Thanks for your note.  With the Swarovski 80 mm ATS HD Angled Spotting Scope, you would be getting a high-quality, great spotting scope. No doubt there.

However, with the new Swarovski ATX 25-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope, Swarovski has improved the optical system, adding new, better coatings for the best color balance Swarovski has ever produced.  

Also, the ATX has the Swarovision’s field flattener, giving perfect edge-to-edge sharpness to the image.  If you like close focus, the 65 mm objective module focuses down to 7.5 feet, even at the full 60x magnification!

For the ATS/STS, he general consensus around here is the Swarovski 25-50x Zoom Eyepiece, though more expensive, is the more favorable of Swarovski’s zoom eyepieces due to its wider field of view. However, in the new ATX, you get a 25-60x ocular module (30-70x with the 95 mm) with a nice, wide field of view.

Another advantage of the new modular ATX is the buyer’s ability to purchase a different objective module at a later time, without having to purchase a whole new scope.  Conversely, if you want to switch to from angled to straight, you can purchase the straight ocular module separately. It’s a pretty revolutionary idea.

In case you haven’t seen it, here is a video about the ATX:

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to call.


Eagle Optics

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