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Old 05-16-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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Spotting scopes

Hi all,

I am going to glacier national park the last week of June first week of July and are looking to purchase at scope.

We have decided on a Swarovski. These things are a bit pricey but will last a lifetime. We are torn between the ats 65 or 80. Does anyone have any experience pros or cons? Where did you buy yours for the best deal?

Accessories we are getting as well include tripod, case and I phone adapter for pictures.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:19 PM   #2
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I was in alaska on honeymoon cruise in 02. Wife said never again will she go to Alaska without a mile-long lines on her camera. You are wise to prepare with good optics. She had a much better lense for our 07 gnp trip. Its beautiful. Ride the natural gas tour trucks. Enjoy.

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Old 05-16-2014, 12:47 PM   #3
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If youíre buying this for the purpose of viewing animals I would go with the ATS 80 rather than the 65. The best animal viewing is usually in the early morning and late evening hours. The 80 will be a better light gathering lens making it easier to see the animals. Iím not an expert in the field so take my opinion for what it is.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:50 PM   #4
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If you plan on backpacking with the scope, then weight may be a concern. The 65 is lighter, but if you mostly view wildlife from a vehicle or short distances, go with at least the 80. Swarovski has the module system, ATX 30-70-95. Its pricey, but if you can afford it, thats the best scope out there for viewing and digiscoping in low light hours. I have had both scopes and wouldn't go with the 65 personally. You can always find deals at cabelas or bass pro shops. Also, the Phone Scope | Digiscoping works great with about every phone out there.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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Also, the angled eye piece may be more difficult to find the target in, but after a couple of uses, you will be glad you had it and target acquisition won't be an issue at all. Go with the angled, it will save discomfort while viewing.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:55 PM   #6
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When it comes to optics always go as big as your wallet and your back can carry. As for the tripod, don't skimp there either. Trust me, you'll be much happier with a good tripod.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:04 PM   #7
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When shopping price, you might check at Midway(that shoot'n place) also. They carry a whole bunch of things to look through.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:10 PM   #8
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Do not skip over the Leupold line too fast. Their top end scopes are very bit as good as the competition at a lot less money. American company with lifetime warranty. I have spent many hours looking through one at game animals miles away and they are great.
Also remember, the higher the magnification the more important it is to keep it stable. Good tripod and window mount is the way to go.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:42 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies. Bought the whole shooting match. Swarovski HD ats complete package with 25-50x lens. Cases iPhone adapter, tripod. Way too much money but free shipping....
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