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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/07/2008 at 22:42
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I'm in the market for my first spotting scope.  Looking at the big 3.  I already own Swarovski binos and ranger finder.  I also own a zeiss scope.  Given I have experience with those 2 and Lieca isn't coming out with their new scope until this summer, I'm leaning toward the swaro or the zeiss.
Given that the zeiss seems a few hundred cheaper and I've already got plenty of swaro stuff, I'm leaning toward the zeiss.
One thing I've noticed in my on-line shopping is that most places offer the same price on all the components.  However, some places offer a "package deal", which includes a cover, a premium ziess tripod, cleaning kit, etc.  Some packages are different than others, but the common theme is that if you need that "extra" stuff, you can get a pretty good discount on it.
I need a good tripod with this scope.  I obviously also need an eye peice, most likely the 15-45 vario eye piece.  I'd also like the protective scopecoat like cover thet ziess sells.  I've found the following sites that offer good deals on packages:
Does anyone know of others?  Will SWFA also do package deals, or is it component by component only?
I can see dealers staying within the zeiss mandated price ranges on the components, but then offering deep discounts on some of the accessories (which is how they can seem to be much better priced).  If you actually need/want those accessories, it can be a much better deal.
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Mike -
There are some important differences between the Swaro and Zeiss, so I'd think about what features are important to you before focusing on saving a couple hundred $$$.
I went through the same exercise last summer and got the Swaro ATS 65 HD.  Swaro is cooler across the color spectrum than Zeiss (exactly the opposite of binoculars -- if the truest color replication possible is important to you, then definitely check out the Leicas), and it has a larger sweet spot (similar to binoculars).  Swaro has the best zoom eyepiece in the business, hands down, but Zeiss has a larger FOV.  Swaro has the helical focus while Zeiss has the small knobs...
Regarding a tripod, not sure what you define as "good" and what your primary use would be, but I purchased a Velbon Ultra-Luxi F (about $120), based on recommendations I got on this forum.  I am very pleased with it, as my primary use is hunting and casual observation.  If you were looking to do some serious digiscoping, I would go with something more $$$.
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