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I thought this might be a very good place to ask this question. 

I very much like the Swarovski 80mm angled spotting scope for birding. I've had a chance to use it in the field and feel it works extremely well for me with glasses. Great and extremely bright image. The question is: is there really THAT much of a difference between the HD system and the non-HD system? Can you really see the difference or is just a matter of percentages with optical improvement? 

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I'd think for birding you would want a straight body, instead of an angled body.
As for HD or not, I can't say since I have never compared two Swarovskis with and without the HD glass, but there is a link in here somewhere to a birding site that compares the different scopes.
Sorry I wasn't more help.
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I really like my 80mm Straight body for everything. Shooting and birdiing! Great scopes. I hear the HD just makes the colors brighter, but have never looked thru one of each side by side.

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I disagree on angled vs. straight.  Angled body makes it much easier for viewing at an upward angle (which you'll be doing a lot of when birding), and with an angled body, you don't have to set the tripod height as high, making a sturdier foundation for the scope.  Plus, if you are with other people, the angled scope will adapt to people of varying height much easier without changing the tripod height.  The only advantage I see to a straight body scope is it makes it a little easier to aim and acquire whatever you're looking at, but with practice, it really becomes a non-issue with an angled scope, especially if you have some sort of aiming device on the body of the scope, which the Swaro does.

As for the HD vs. non-HD Swaros, both are so good, it's not as if you're sacrificing much by not going HD with this scope.  The HD model just gives you a tiny bit better contrast and apparent sharpness due to almost non-existant chromatic aberration (color fringing).


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Once you use an angled spotting scope you'll never go back to a straight.  Especially those that you can change the position of the eyepiece... they are fantastic! 
 
I have seen were HD/APO/ED glass makes a difference in low light or grey lighting conditions.  They give a brighter image... They are worth the extra $$$. MHO
 
SWFA had some killer prices on Swaro and Leica spotters.  
 
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"SWFA had some killer prices on Swaro and Leica spotters."

Relatively speaking, of course!  I did extensive research on this, and I think you'd be astounded at the view through a Nikon 82 ED with a 30mm fixed wide angle eyepiece.  It will rival anything out there, anywhere.  
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The new Swaro 25-50x W (wide-angle zoom) eye piece on a Swaro 80mm HD would be pretty cool combo too. Wink
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As stated earlier:  The difference between the standard and HD swaro's is mostly chromatic aberration (CA) control.  Both scopes are excellent.
 
As far as angled vs. straight:  All points already made are good ones:  Angled is better for goups, looking up, etc.  I'll add this for the straight configuration:  It works better for a window mount, it is better for prone viewing, and it fits better in a backpack.
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