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Old swaro or new vortex razor?

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Category: Other Optics
Forum Name: Spotting Scopes
Forum Description: Big Eye Optics
Printed Date: October/23/2019 at 21:09
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Topic: Old swaro or new vortex razor?
Posted By: alaska_guy
Subject: Old swaro or new vortex razor?
Date Posted: August/25/2018 at 16:26
My old man has an old habitch ST-80 swaro spotter (grey body with straight eye piece) that he says he would be willing to sell me for a fair price. I know 17 years ago it was great compared to other options howeber with technology always changing I was wondering if the newer Vortex razor 20-60x85mm would compete or be better. His old swaro is not an HD version.

I looked through the razor at a local store outside and was amazed for the price point. I have a lead where I can get this optic for $850.

Which one would you buy?

Posted By: tucansam
Date Posted: January/08/2019 at 16:33

I had an old Swaro straight-tube, telescoping spotter.  It was great, but from the mid 1980s.  Images were crisp, but CA was terrible, and I mean on par with a $99 Wal-Mart optic terrible.  At the center, and out to the edges.  Terrible CA.  The image was warm, with a slight yellow tint.  I emailed them to see if I could get it tuned/cleaned/etc and they told me it was no longer supported and I was on my own.  I did like it, however I sold it to fund other projects.

I am also looking at a new spotter, and I can get a similar deal on Vortex products.  Having looked at them in stores (not ideal, obviously, but at my local Sportsmans they will accompany you outside with a scope to evaluate), I can say the Razor is many orders of magnitude better than my 1980s-era Swaro.  Maybe your dad's is better, and probably is, if its only 17 years old.  But my attitude is that coatings and glass manufacturing processes must surely increase in quality and competence as time goes on.  

Maybe your dad's Swaro is still supported, maybe not.  Something to consider if you ever have an issue with it.

Posted By: mike650
Date Posted: January/08/2019 at 16:38
I bet SONA will still support it or make good, they're probably the best Optics customer service out there. They went above and beyond in supporting an old pair of binos for me from the early 1990's. Thumbs Up

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Posted By: tucansam
Date Posted: January/08/2019 at 17:16

Posted By: mike650
Date Posted: January/08/2019 at 17:55

Swarovski Optik North America

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