Swarovski ATM-80 HD Spotting Scope

Swarovski ATM-80 HD Spotting Scope

  • High-definition magnesium spotting scope with 80mm objective lens diameter
  • Excellent light transmission even in low light and at high magnifications
  • Fluoride-containing HD lenses minimize color fringing and produce high-contrast images
  • Angled body is suitable for observing birds in the air or trees
  • Measures 13.98 inches long and weighs 45.2 ounces; lifetime warranty

Swarovski Optik HD observation spotting scopes will impress with their brilliant performance, fine resolution, extremely ergonomic design and unique functionality. These HD spotting scopes have a complex high grade optical system which allows for very detailed observation with high contrast images right up to the periphery and with total color fidelity even in poor light. Digiscoping (photography through spotting scopes) accessories are available. Spotting scope bodies are sold separately fro

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  1. Dr. Andy "Cattle Veterinarian" says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wildlife you can touch, October 18, 2011
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    I have been researching spotting scopes for over a year. After reading countless reviews, I finally settled on the Swarovski 80 ATM HD. I have never owned a spotting scope before and this was my first one. I own a couple of pairs of binoculars including two pair of Swarovski Pockets that I take to football games and a pair of Steiner Predators for hunting. I was impressed with the Swarovski Pockets and the clear images I get with them as well as the quality of their construction. The reputation of Swarovski as the best led me to start my search for a spotting scope with Swarovski. I was able to compare the Swarovski to other manufacturers’ products at a Cabelas store near my house.

    One of the things that I immediately noticed was the quality of construction and the armor coating on the body of the scope. Another feature that caught my eye was the helical focus that surrounds the body of the Swaro scope. It is big and very comfortable to adjust focus. It was also very easy to do fine adjustments.. I was confident that I could easily use it whether I was using gloves or not. The clarity and sharpness of the image was better than most of the scopes that I examined in the store. I couldn’t discern differences in some of the scopes while in the store, but that changed once I got it outside. I was able to do a side by side comparison of the 25-50X wide angle and the 20-60X eye-pieces. The zoom on both were great. I did not think the extra 10x magnification would be as valuable to me as the much larger field of view in the 25-50X wide angle eye-piece, so I ended up buying the wide angle 25-50X eye-piece.

    I was also able to compare the Angled vs. the Straight scope. I guess this choice comes down to personal preference. I spend a lot of time looking through a microscope at work so I am comfortable looking down through an eye-piece. My wife is a foot shorter than I am and my kids are even shorter. Not having to adjust the tripod and relocate the animal every time someone else of different height wanted to look through the scope seemed like a good idea. Also, I am pretty tall at 6’3″ (1.90m). Many tripods do extend to that height. However, one will need to use the center pole which greatly increases the shake of the tripod due to wind or vibration. So, I purchased the angled body. They say that it is easier to locate the animal with the straight scope, but I haven’t had any problems. There is a peep sight on the side of the scope, but I detached it and just “eyeball” it.

    I also was torn by the 65mm scope vs. the 80mm. In a side by side the 80mm’s image was 3 shades lighter when using identical magnifications. If you back up and look through the eye-piece you will see a circle of light in the eye-piece. The diameter of that circle is the “exit pupil.” That circle is how much light the scope lets into your eye, with coatings and lenses etc. being equal. With optics, the exit pupil is calculated by dividing the objective or big end of the scope by the magnification of the eye-piece end. Thus on 25X magnification, on both scopes the exit pupil would be 80mm / 25X = 3.2mm and 65mm / 25X = 2.4 mm. At the high end (50X) the exit pupil will shrink 80mm / 50X = 1.6mm and 65mm / 50X = 1.3mm. That is a pretty big difference in price for 0.8 – 0.3mm of exit pupil between the two scopes. A twenty-something will be able to dilate their pupils to about 7mm. At 41, I am probably only able to dilate to about 5mm. An exit pupil of 7mm is wasted on me, because I can only take advantage of 5mm of it. Due to the large magnification of spotting scopes, I am probably not going to have to worry about exceeding my 5mm max pupil diameter. The exit-pupil of the ATM 80 HD ranges from 3.2 – 1.6mm. The point is that in dim light you will be able to make out more detail with the bigger scope because it gathers more light. The weight was a concern as well, until I realized that there was only 9oz. difference between the two. Size could be an issue as the 80mm is larger and might not pack as easily. But, at the end of the day, what I wanted was more light going into my eye. So I got the 80mm.

    Along with the scope and the eye-piece I purchased the Swarovski Travel tripod and head. It is made of carbon fiber and dampens vibration. I liked it because its quick release on the tripod head integrated with the base of the scope without having to mess with an adaptor. I read several reviews that said that certain Manfrotto tripod heads would do the same, but I could not figure out which models were compatible. In the end I gave up and went with the Swarovski tripod and head. Finally, I also bought the cordura cover for the scope that is made by Swarovski. It is expensive and cost around two hundred fifty dollars, but I thought, what the heck I just spent close to 4k on the scope and tripod, and might as well protect it. Like everything Swarovski it is green, and…

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  2. Kelly K "kelly koz" says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    expected the best and got it!, March 10, 2012
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    This review is from: Swarovski ATM-80 HD Spotting Scope (Sports)

    Words cannot describe how this scope has changed the way I observe birds. It’s very light even with the swarovski tripod attached. It’s easy to take along in the car so I can pull it out and scan for shorebirds as well as ducks on large bodies of water. It will travel well, as I intend to take it in my carry-on on my next birding trip. I keep it set up at home, trained on my feeder to teach my son (age 5) the birds. It has increased his interest in birds, since I can set it up for him to observe birds in the field, which I couldn’t do otherwise. It’s a wonderful teaching tool. How many other 5 year olds can tell you what the courtship behavior of a pair of Horned Grebes looks like?!!

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  3. chicago.al says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Optics, May 13, 2012
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    chicago.al (Chicago, IL USA) –
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    So after doing many hours of research online about these scopes i finally decided to buy one. Despite the information out there on this scope, nobody really captured the essence of what the scope can and cannot do. For 2500 bucks plus a 500 to 700 dollar eye piece, you kind of want to know some of these things first hand.

    I settled on The ATM 80 HD with a 25-50 zoom eyepiece. Why did I choose the angled body?? Basically it came down to tripod height….with the Angled body, the scope can be set closer to the ground, and has a very natural viewing position. A straight bodied scope makes you set the scope at a higher eye level which is Ok to…..but I prefer keeping my spotter lower. If you plan on using your spotter attached to a car window….you may want a straight body for a more linear shot. i chose the 25-50 zoom over the 20-60 simply for the field of view. I like to scan large areas before focussing in on something, and with the wide field of view, it is much easier to locate viewing material.

    What to expect? Well, first off…Are there more powerful scopes? YES…definitely. Many of your astronomical optics that can be used as spotters are far more powerful…..i.e. Questar…Televue…etc. However, these scopes are not as practical. The Swarovski is light, easy to transport, presents an image that is correct (not reversed), and is waterproof. The Swarovski is the ultimate, very powerful, easy to carry, all weather, all purpose scope. It does everything well. At 50x to 60X power, however…..it is not going to match a Questar Birder at 80x to 120x…..plain and simple

    Image quality is excellent. I set mine up on a tripod in an area where I had a high view over a wooded area and a pond, along with a major highway to the east…..after all I do live in Chicago, so wilderness is tough to find! LOL! But this was a great spot to test its limits. Scanning the shoreline of the pond at about a quarter mile was no problem….bright, clear. Scanning a roost of turkey vultures at the same distance revealed a perfect image of their faces as well as their bodies. I then turned the scope to the highway and was able to read a highway sign that was at least a mile away like it was 50′ in front of me…..clear as day!

    The scope does its job well….I know everyone wants to call it a “birding” scope…which it is, but it is so much more. It can be used for all types of wildlife watching …as well as surveillance, hunting, target shooting, anything that requires long range observation.

    I have no complaints about this item….You will need a quality tripod, especially if your intent is to take pictures. I am currently using a cheap, Ambico camera tripod that vibrates a bit when you touch it, which bounce the image… It works for viewing, but would not be so good for digiscoping.

    Bottom line….the scope does what a 3000 dollar plus scope is expected to do. And with Amazon’s same as cash 0% for 12 months….what the heck….Buy IT!

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