• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.



Item details

Lightweight spotting scope with 65mm objective lens. Range of eyepieces available including a 20-60x zoom and various wide angle fixed zooms. This is the non HD version and also comes in a 80mm objective lens model.

Latest reviews

  • Light Weight, Size
  • Eyecap 20x60x had to be removed with digiscope bracket DCA
Hi, I own the HD version. I love it. The point I would like to add in the review is the importance of the eye-piece, based on my own experience.

I bought the ATS65 with the 20-60x zoom eyepiece because I thought this to be most versatile and also is often a set-offer. For normal use this is a very good option but for digiscoping my experience is a bit different.

I tried digiscoping with the Swarovski angular bracket. It works fine with the zoom piece up to around 45x. Above that the combination with the AT65 I find too dark. Zooming in on the camera at a lower eyepiece magnification I find gives better results and also removes the vignetting. Despite the kit I found it still difficult to get consistent acceptable results.

A much better option for digiscoping with the AT65 I experienced is to use a wide-angle eyepiece. Having spend already a fortune on the scope and the bracket I was lucky to buy a second hand 20x wide angle eye-piece on e-bay. I was surprised to see the difference in field of view between the 20-60x zoom and the 20x wide angle. The technical info from Swarovski states this, 20x on the 20-60x zoom gives a field of view of 36m at 1000m. The same magnification on the 20SW gives 60m/1000m, but from these numbers I had not realised the big difference in practice.

I must say that in normal use the 20x SW is therefore very pleasing to the eye, but with digiscoping it makes an even greater difference and I find I get much better results. The combination 20xSW with DCA bracket also fits better and you can leave the protective eye cap connected to the eyepiece.

I now carry the scope standard with the 20x SW and when buying you may want to try different eyepieces yourself before doing what I did by assuming the zoom to be the logical choice.
  • Light weight
  • Price
A lovely scope and a joy to use. Bright, clear and excellent zoom. I\'ve had the HD for about six months and it meets all my requirements.

My only regret is that every time I use it for digiscoping, I wonder how much better the 80mm would have been. Are another two stops worth the extra weight and money?

I particularly like the zoom lens which I find performs well across the range.
  • Beautifully designed; brilliant optically.
  • Expensive.
My son is lucky enough to have the ED version and it is a very fine, lightweight scope. The zoom eyepiece is itself rather bulky but expensive looking (as it should be for the price!) but does give a very wide view for this kind of eyepiece. I don't think the image drops off much at 60x in sharpness, just in brightness.

Item information

Compact Spotting Scopes
Added by
Last update
5.00 star(s) 4 ratings

More in Compact Spotting Scopes

More from Andrew

  • 128RCNAT
    Manfrotto 128RCNAT Tripod Green Metal

Share this item