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    Swarovski draw tube scope 30x75

    Hi I'm thinking of getting a Swarovski 30 x 75 draw tube scope for hill stalking and would like any reviews from any one that has one or has used one please.

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    I have used a friends swarovski and it was excellent. I bought an optolyth 30x75 and tbh I get a lot more use out of it than I expected, it's always on the vehicle seat when I am driving round my roe stalking, it allows you an instant ability to take a detailed look at the beast you intend to stalk. Also great for checking clear fell from distance. The other evening is an example, set up on a vantage point and scanned with binos, identified several animals at long range, took a detailed look with the draw tube, then stalked in when I decided which was the best to take. On the hill they are invaluable, so much easier to check the quality of the beast, and check what is in-between you and it.
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    Agree with what the previous poster said, telescope is a great advantage on the hill,find it best used in conjuction with binoculars rather than instead of.

    Swarovski has fantastic clarity as you would expect from a maker of quality optics, however I find the Swarovski
    a bit Awkward to carry and use on the hill, Optolyth also good is a similar design, both great for spying from the road or Argo but not great for carrying.

    I prefer a traditional stalking scope for actually on the hill a Gray is arguably The best but expensive.

    A Ross from the early 1900s are surprisingly good scopes , and are still used by many professional stalkers myself included.

    Can't tell you the exact time frame but Ross telescopes of around that period were fitted with Schott glass lenses
    also telescopes of this period did not have coated lenses, so you can take them part to clean the lenses, something
    that I never found to be a disadvantage.

    Whatever you decide using a telescope needs a bit of practice,but you will find it well worth the effort.

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    I have an Optolyth 30X80 and do get quite a lot of use out of it not just when at deer but also for general wildlife spotting while walking etc. One thing that is interesting is that I've found it very useful in forestry where there is clear fell or other open areas, or areas such as hills with a good outlook.

    I can't comment on the Swaro but if you are unsure if you might get the use out of one, as they are rather specialist bits of kit, then Hertel and Reuss and Nickel made good quality spotting scopes with a 60mm objective. They are smaller, easier to carry, lighter and of reasonable optical quality providing that you are not intending to use the maximum magnification (60x I think). The big advantage with them is that a decent one tends to make about £100 on ebay. There are people asking lots more, but about £100 is what they are worth. They also extend to a goodly length which is great for bracing them against a knee when lying spying, most other scopes including my Optolyth are just a little short to be ideal for this. Given this you could try a spotting scope to see if you like it for an outlay of £100 and if it didn't work for you then it could go back on ebay and you'd get your money back.

    There is a binocular repair centre in Hope St. in Glasgow who can repair them, at very reasonable money, and who also still seem to be able to source the parts. They can also do a clean/service on scopes with dust or fungus on the inside of the lens and providing there are no other faults the scope should come back like new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crouch valley View Post
    Hi I'm thinking of getting a Swarovski 30 x 75 draw tube scope for hill stalking and would like any reviews from any one that has one or has used one please.
    Just bought the Swaro as above only used it out of the skylight bedroom window
    out to 1000 yds but very clear and am very pleased I bought it
    I'm looking forward to using it in the field assessing roe etc
    regards pete

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    Thanks for the replys lads now I'm realy confused as what to go for. I think I'll have a look at the Optylyth as well. How would these compare to Swarovski and what sort of money are Optylyth and where can you get them
    Last edited by crouch valley; 07-06-2015 at 16:03.

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    Optolyths seem to have gone up in money in a big way recently. I have a 30X80 and paid something around £200 for it but even the 30X75 are now doing more than that. As mentioned there is a place in Glasgow that can do almost all the work to them for not much money and very quickly as well.

    I've never compared mine directly to Swaro but have heard that they are close enough to make no difference in practice but I've no idea if this is true. All I can say is that my Optolyth does what I need it to do. Swaro have very high brand values, though not always the best glass, so you get lots of customer service etc. with them but Optolyth always had a good reputation for glass. The Nickels and Hertel and Reuss I mentioned earlier also have relatively good glass and there is a really nice looking H&R on ebay at the minute for a buy it now of around £130. A lot cheaper to get into if you find you don't like it.

    There are newer Optolyths but they are shorter and this is a disadvantage, it is one of the older 2 draw versions you want to be looking at and they usually come up 2nd hand on places like ebay. Cley Spy also sometimes have them.

    This is one of the new, short, Optolyths that you don't want:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Optolyth-S...item541af891a1

    This is a 30X75, which is still a little short but better:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Optolyth-3...item35eb094a2f

    If you do a google images search on the 30X80 Optolyth you will see that it is a 2 draw scope rather than the single draw of the 30X75.

    Good glass is heavy so keep this in mind as once you get to an 80mm objective there is quite a lot of weight in the front element but, fortunately, Tamarack make a lens case which just happens to be exactly the right size for a 30X80 so you are not depending on the leather case as supplied.
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    The Optolyth is excellent - I had one for several years and found it performed very well in the field when using mine for Hill stalking.

    I bought mine secondhand on eBay and sold it on here for pretty much the same price as I paid. Other then eBay, you will need to look on secondhand optics sites like Macleod's (they have one now for £350: http://www.rmacleod.co.uk/CUSTOMER%2...OCK%20LIST.pdf), Ace Optics and similar to find one. Condition is everything, and there are quite a few around so don't rush in to buy the first one you see if it is not in very good condition. There are some ex Austrian or German army ones on eBay that look tired, and I would give those a miss. Try the birdwatching sites as well, as they tend to look after their kit.

    That said, optics technology has moved on in terms of both glass and coatings, so the Optolyth will not perform the same as a new Swarovski scope, but then you're not paying the same mount of money either. If you're intending to use the scope for spotting during the day I doubt you will notice a significant difference, but if you're planning on using it during the first/last hour that might not be the case.

    A scope like this is quite a specialised piece of kit, so unless you are an optics junkie or a serious birdwatcher you might want to start with the Optolyth. Then, if you find you are getting the use from it, sell it and buy a Swarovski. You won't lose money on the Optolyth and you may find it does the job perfectly.
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    Thanks guys I think I'll have a look for the Optylyth I'll speak with r.macleode Monday see what condition that ones like.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouch valley View Post
    Thanks guys I think I'll have a look for the Optylyth I'll speak with r.macleode Monday see what condition that ones like.

    Cheers
    They rate it at grade 8, which judging by their standards should be very good indeed.
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