Swarovski’s posh spotting scopes are hallmarks of the distinguished brand. They’re available in two objective sizes, straight or angled viewing, and with regular or ultra-low dispersion glass. It is entirely a personal preference which cannot be determined except from experience, but many prefer straight scopes for the intuitive ability to quickly locate your subject, as well as being a bit lighter, smaller and less expensive.
The 80mm size lets in enormous quantities of light, allowing for use of higher magnifications in poorer light than with the 65mm version. Understandably, it is larger, heavier and more expensive, but if you’re not frequently hiking with your scope it is likely worth the expense and mass.
The “HD” versions of Swarovski’s scopes feature elements with extra-low dispersion glass. This provides an even more, remarkable image, with better edge resolution. In particular, color fringing is nearly eliminated. Subjects with intricate patterns will have crisper delineation, something enthusiastic birders will greatly appreciate.