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Feel the intensity, not your equipment. Maximum image quality. Minimum weight. The new ZEISS SFL, up to 30% less weight than comparable competitors.

Reviews by SportOptics

Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Excellent eye relief, unparralleled optics and ergonimics, modular design, wide field of view
Cons
  • None yet.
Introduction:
To me is the easiest compact spotter to get behind. Innovative modular design, unparalleled optics, and intuitive controls.

Mechanics and design:
The ATX/STX line of spotting scopes has a unique modular design allowing the user to effectively carry 6 different scopes with minimal bulk and weight by allowing the exchange of either the angled or straight eyepiece for the other quickly and simply. With the push of a button the eyepiece twists off of the scope body without moving the scope and losing your sight picture. This also allows for the exchange of the objective to a 65mm, 85 mm, or 95 mm, again with minimal time and effort. Another benefit this feature offers is, for example, if you are going on a hike you can pack the 65 mm for reduced weight, or if you are digiscoping in low light situations you can load up the 95 mm objective for increased light gathering. For any backpacking or hiking I find this system nests very well, especially the 65 mm at 13.3 in. The ATX/STX uses a center mounted helical ring focus, but a new feature is the magnification ring is located directly behind the focus ring where the body and eyepiece meet. This allows for single handed manipulation of both adjustments. The magnification and focus rings have different textures and the magnification ring is wider and more requires less pressure to differentiate between the adjustments. I find this very comfortable and easy to operate as all adjustments are smooth, steady and natural. I have not yet used this with gloves, but I do not believe this operation would be hindered due to the large size of the adjustments and the difference in pressure needed to manipulate the rings. The scope rotates 360 degrees on the long axis by loosening a set screw on the tripod collar. Once loosened the scope smoothly transitions to any position with audible and tactile clicks every 45 degrees. The ATX/STX is nitrogen purged and has a solid lightweight construction using a magnesium alloy with a textured rubber armor coating. The rubber armor gives the scope a sure grip even when wet. The twist in/twist out eye cup is easily adjustable and has pliable comfortable rubber. The objective has a built in sunshade with a simple but effective aiming device.

Optics:
In my opinion the ATX 65mm has the finest optical quality of any compact spotting scope Ive used. The clarity, contrast, and color are unmatched. Crisp all the way to the edges with no chromatic aberration. One of the nicest features to me was how easy it was to get the proper eye placement even at high magnification. With 20 mm of eye relief most eye glass and sunglass wearers should fully experience the great view this scope provides. This also allows for easy viewing if you are in a situation where you do not want to touch or disturb the scope. For those who enjoy getting up close, the 65 mm body offers a 6.9 ft close focus, and for digiscoping you cannot beat the 95 mm scope body, which captures vast amounts of light and provides an increased magnification of 70X.

Packaging and Accessories:
The ATX/STX comes in a nice decorative box with decent presentation and their signature, See the Unseen sleeve. Anyone purchasing the angled eyepiece, it will also come with an adjustable aiming device that attaches to the objective, which with only a small nod of the head allows you to aim almost simultaneously while looking through the scope.

Optional:
There is a flat/shallower eyecup for those with very large glasses. Of course Swarovski has a stay on case. They also offers an iPhone 5 adapter for digiscoping, but any of the Meopix 57 mm adapters will also work if you have a different phone.

Conclusion:
I really cannot tell you how easy and natural it is for me to use this scope. Other compact scopes I have used were very difficult to use at high magnification, the ATX was a breeze even at 60x. Outstanding optical quality, precise/durable construction, modular versatility and quality accessories for viewing, carrying, and digiscoping make this scope perfect for birding and just about any application.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Unparralleled optics and ergonimics, modular design, wide field of view
Cons
  • None so far.
ATX 85 mm​
Technical Data:
Magnification: 25-60X
Effective objective lens diameter: 85 mm
Exit pupil diameter: 3.4-1.4 mm
Eye relief: 20 mm
Field of view: 124-68 ft
Field of view: 2.37-1.30
Field of view, apparent: 57-71
Shortest focusing distance: 11.8 ft
Diopter correction at ∞: >5
Light transmission total product: 86%
Objective filter thread: M 87 X 0.75
Length: 14.6 in
Weight: 67.4 oz
Focal length with TLS APO: 750-1800
Functional temperature: -13 F to +131 F
Storage Temperature: -22 F to +158 F
Submersion tightness: 13ft water depth

Introduction:
This spotter is what you have come to expect from Swarovski. Unparalleled optics, and intuitive controls, innovative modular design.

Mechanics and Design:
The ATX/STX line of spotting scopes has a unique modular design allowing the user to effectively carry 6 different scopes with minimal bulk and weight by allowing the exchange of either the angled or straight eyepiece for the other quickly and simply. With the push of a button the eyepiece twists off of the scope body without moving the scope and losing your sight picture. This also allows for the exchange of the objective to a 65mm, 85 mm, or 95 mm, again with minimal time and effort. Another benefit this feature offers is, for example, if you are going on a hike you can pack the 65 mm for reduced weight, or if you are digiscoping in low light situations you can load up the 95 mm objective for increased light gathering. For any backpacking or hiking I find this system nests very well, especially the 65 mm at 13.3 in. The ATX/STX uses a center mounted helical ring focus, but a new feature is the magnification ring is located directly behind the focus ring where the body and eyepiece meet. This allows for single handed manipulation of both adjustments. The magnification and focus rings have different textures and the magnification ring is wider and more requires less pressure to differentiate between the adjustments. I find this very comfortable and easy to operate as all adjustments are smooth, steady and natural. I have not yet used this with gloves, but I do not believe this operation would be hindered due to the large size of the adjustments and the difference in pressure needed to manipulate the rings. The scope rotates 360 degrees on the long axis by loosening a set screw on the tripod collar. Once loosened the scope smoothly transitions to any position with audible and tactile clicks every 45 degrees. The ATX/STX is nitrogen purged and has a solid lightweight construction using a magnesium alloy with a textured rubber armor coating. The rubber armor gives the scope a sure grip even when wet. The twist in/twist out eye cup is easily adjustable and has pliable comfortable rubber. The objective has a built in sunshade with a simple but effective aiming device.

Optics:
In my opinion the ATX-STX has the finest optical quality of any spotting scope Ive used. The clarity, contrast, and color are unmatched. Crisp all the way to the edges with no chromatic aberration or vignetting. Wide field of view through the entire magnification range, eliminates the need for a designated wide angle lens. To me eye placement was not critical, even at high magnification. 20 mm of eye relief throughout the entire magnification range allows eye glass and sunglass wearers to fully experience the great view this scope provides. This also allows for easy viewing if you are in a situation where you do not want to touch or disturb the scope. For those who enjoy getting up close, the 65 mm body offers a 6.9 ft close focus, and for digiscoping you cannot beat the 95 mm scope body, which captures vast amounts of light and provides an increased magnification of 70X.

Packaging and Accessories:
The ATX/STX comes in a nice decorative box with decent presentation and their signature, See the Unseen sleeve. Anyone purchasing the angled eyepiece, it will also come with an adjustable aiming device that attaches to the objective, which with only a small nod of the head allows you to aim almost simultaneously while looking through the scope.

Optional Accessories:
Of course Swarovski has a cordura stay on case. They also offer a flat/shallower eyecup to provide better eye relief for those with very large glasses. Swarovski has adaptors for your DSLR camera and an iPhone 5 adapter for digiscoping, but any of the Meopix 57 mm adapters will also work if you have a different phone.

Conclusion:
To me, this scope is the best of all worlds in one package and the best spotter on the market. Outstanding optical quality, precise/durable construction, modular versatility and quality accessories for viewing, carrying, and digiscoping make this scope perfect for birding and just about any application.

Ben Baham


Quality Optics:
SportOptics.com

Quality Reviews:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzBQ7yHf-9QtZmE_ZDXJIQ
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Great glass, intuitive ergonomics, wide field of view
Cons
  • Gripping surface could be tackier when wet
Likes:
The Victory SF's are a pleasure to use. Clear, crisp, images with bright vibrant colors across the entire wide field of view. The ergonomic and naturally pointing open bridge design combined with the anti-slip texture and balancing makes the SF's a pleasure to handle and even seem lighter than binoculars of the same weight. Unlike many binoculars the SF's weight is towards the rear. To a comparable binocular weighing 1/10th lb more, the SF's, to me, feel significantly lighter. My hand naturally grips these binoculars and my index finger rests comfortably on the focus wheel. The focus wheel is quick, natural and intuitive, perfect for birding. Its function is the smoothest and most consistent I have put my hands on. A crystal clear close focus of 5 feet makes up close viewing instinctive and pleasant. The eyecups are easily adjustable and are soft and flexible for those preferring a lighter touch. As a general impression, SFs feature quality and comfort resulting in enjoyment. Zeiss users who get their hands on these will be blown away and for fans of other brands, this is a quality product you should consider. Once you use them, you will recognize them as some of the best birding binoculars on the market. I really think these are a game changer for Zeiss and real competition for other high end companies. I look forward to using them more.

Dislikes:
I feel the rubber armor could be a little tackier when wet.
They only come in grey and I personally would prefer a darker color. (Although in many advertised pictures of the SFs they seem black or dark grey)

Packaging and Accessories:
The elaborate packaging is what you have come to expect from Zeiss, great presentation. It comes with a hard shell type cordura covered case with a padded shoulder strap and attachments that could be used with the shoulder or neck strap and an easily adjustable and very comfortable wide padded neck strap.

Ben Baham


Quality Optics:
SportOptics.com

Quality Reviews:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzBQ7yHf-9QtZmE_ZDXJIQ
Recommended
Yes
Price
2050$
Pros
  • Clarity, color, FOV, edge to edge sharpness
Cons
This scope is great! The clarity is superb, bright colors, sharp and clear edge to edge. The 30-60X WA eyepiece offers a very wide field of view. Works great digiscoping. We took pictures of a hawk at 100 yards when very over cast (about to rain) pictures came out great. Comparing with Swarovski, Kowa, and Zeiss, this spotting scope has a lot to offer at a lower price. I feel it is the best scope for the money on the market.

Ben Baham


Quality Optics:
SportOptics.com

Quality Reviews:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzBQ7yHf-9QtZmE_ZDXJIQ
Recommended
Yes
Price
2018$
Pros
  • Clear picture, light weight, smooth focus
Cons
Excellent quality scope. Light weight, great color, sharp clear image. The helical ring focus is very ergonomic and precise. This scope provides for a great viewing experience in a lightweight package. I did find it difficult to find the proper eye placement above 50X. Great scope for birding or hiking.

Ben Baham

Quality Optics:
SportOptics.com

Quality Reviews:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzBQ7yHf-9QtZmE_ZDXJIQ
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Compact, Quality Construction, Good Adjustments, Very Fluid Head
Cons
Quality tripod and head, great for spotting scopes or digiscoping. This combination makes viewing steady and tilting-panning very smooth. Remember you don't want to get too light with a spotting scope, especially with a heavy scope or while digiscoping. If you go too light even the wind blowing can give you movement and make pictures blurry. It is also more prone to be knocked over by kids or dogs. If you do go light, make sure to bring something to weigh it down with later.

Ben Baham


Quality Optics:
SportOptics.com

Quality Reviews:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzBQ7yHf-9QtZmE_ZDXJIQ
Recommended
Yes
Price
2050$
Pros
Cons
Great review by IanF! Great binos for birding!

Ben Baham


Quality Optics:
SportOptics.com

Quality Reviews:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzBQ7yHf-9QtZmE_ZDXJIQ
Recommended
Yes
Price
559$
Pros
  • Fluid fast focus, glass quality, ergonomic, price
Cons
These binoculars offer a great viewing experience due to a quick natural focus and high quality glass and at the right price. They are not particularly heavy weighing at 20.6 oz but they do feel very solid in your hands. Bright vibrant colors and sharp crisp details at a distance and up close. Following an egret at 60+ yards was very clear and pleasant to follow with the fast focus and I can attest to the 3 ft close focus, crystal clear at 1 yard!
Ben Baham


Quality Optics:
SportOptics.com

Quality Reviews:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzBQ7yHf-9QtZmE_ZDXJIQ
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