New Spotting Scope

frazierw

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I will be in the market for a new spotting scope soon, and I am having trouble deciding. Weight isnt a concern, just want the best optical performance, especially when digiscoping. Deciding between the ATX/STX 95 or the Kowa 883/884, any others i should look at? anybody compared the 95 to the 883/884? I read the review on here between the Kowa and the Swarovski 85, but havent seen anything comparing the 95 to the Kowa. Thanks!
 

Daubsnu1

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I suggest ordering a few and setting them side by side in real world conditions. I did that with Meopta, Swaro, Razor and a cheap Cabela's scope.

No surprise the Swaro was excellent. But the Meopta was better to my eyes. And big surprise, the Cabela's (re-branded Athlon) was better than the Razor.

But my biggest take away was that there was not much difference between the Meopta, Swaro, Razor and the Cabela's.

I was looking at antennas on top of a building 3 miles away. All four could make out the antennas. Yes, the Meopta and the Swaro were a tad bit better...but it was not a huge difference.

In the end I opted for the Cabela's / Athlon spotter for $342 on sale. Spending the remaining $$ on a new pack and tripod.
 

gr8fuldoug

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Both the Kowa and the Swarovski are amazing spotters, actually the 2 best out there, however, for digiscoping the Swarovski modular system is the best as that was one of the design reasons for the system. Please feel free to give a call to discuss this, 516-217-1000.
 

ssssnake529

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I will be in the market for a new spotting scope soon, and I am having trouble deciding. Weight isnt a concern, just want the best optical performance, especially when digiscoping. Deciding between the ATX/STX 95 or the Kowa 883/884, any others i should look at? anybody compared the 95 to the 883/884? I read the review on here between the Kowa and the Swarovski 85, but havent seen anything comparing the 95 to the Kowa. Thanks!

I have the Kowa 884. Really nice glass. Optical quality is every bit as good or better than any other spotter I've looked through (including Swaro and Vortex) Highly recommended.
 

WRO

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I've used both and would vote for the ATX just based on the modular options. The 884 is a sweet scope, its just not as versatile.
 

gr8fuldoug

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The Swaro module system is the greatest for digiscoping. If digiscoping is not in your future the Kowa is worth a serious look
 
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