Swarovski vs. Vortex or other?

Buckskin10

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Looking into buying a new spotting scope. I've heard how great Swarovski is - especially at first light and last light. The only thing holding me back from switching over is Vortex's warranty. Is it worth it? Or should I be looking at a whole other brand? If you've got thoughts/experiences I'm all ears.
 

Lancetkenyon

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Comparing a Swaro spotter (hot)to even the top Vortex (not) is like comparing these two....
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Totally worth the extra $.
I had a Meopta Meostar S2 20-70×82 which is way better than the Razor, and the Swaro is way better than that.
 

Cahunter805

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Nothing wrong with picking up a used Swarovski spotter either. Their customer service and warranty are great. Just be sure the seller calls in and unregisters the spotter or you need to have his information and can call in and get it switched.
 

Bigbob

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I have the swaro STX 95 and 65. A couple buddies have nightforce and I think the nightforce is a better scope. Just as clear as the swaro and easier to look through and handle. Just my opinion.
 

grizzly

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I have the swaro STX 95 and 65. A couple buddies have nightforce and I think the nightforce is a better scope. Just as clear as the swaro and easier to look through and handle. Just my opinion.
I always wondered if the NF was just a private-branded Meopta. Thoughts?
 

DirtyTough

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Swaro is the better optic. As for warranty/customer service on Swaro's end. Last summer while on a scouting trip I dropped my BTX 95 directly on the right eye piece from about shoulder height. They fixed it for free and made sure to have it back in time for my first hunt of the year. Obviously my fault.
 

Buckskin10

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Thank you for the thoughts...now is ATS good enough? Or is the ATX that big of difference? I would not be changing objective lenses....
 

Cahunter805

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The ATS HD is a great choice. The ATX does give you the option of switching eyepieces and using the BTX. The BTX is amazing IMO.
 

DirtyTough

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Thank you for the thoughts...now is ATS good enough? Or is the ATX that big of difference? I would not be changing objective lenses....
I used the ATS 80HD for a long time. Now I have the ATX/BTX 95. I would get the BTX before the ATX or ATS. 35x with two eyes is extremely nice. I pack the ATX eye piece also and hardly ever do I need to use it to judge something.
 

The_Coloradoboy

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Vortex doesn’t even belong in the same conversation as Swarovski, Leica and Zeiss.... about all vortex fans can talk about is the “warranty” As far as swaro spotters go I would highly recommend investing in the ATX system because it allows to to upgrade to multiple different objective lenses or the btx eye piece. Along with the atx eye piece allows for a wider FOV than the ATS.

Coloradoboy
 

1989Cohunter

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No experience with spotters, I do however have 15x56 Swarovskis and love them. I did own a pair of vortex kaibabs before, and it’s not even a slightly fair comparison. Again that’s Binos but I would totally spend the money in the first place.
 

Deerlove

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Looking into buying a new spotting scope. I've heard how great Swarovski is - especially at first light and last light. The only thing holding me back from switching over is Vortex's warranty. Is it worth it? Or should I be looking at a whole other brand? If you've got thoughts/experiences I'm all ears.
Warranty? see Tommy Boy about that.
 

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