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    Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    Anyone here use both eye pieces that could recommend one over the other for hunting (back packing for moose, mulie's, elk etc)?

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    I have the 20-60 and wished I had picked the wide angle for sure.

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    Quote Originally Posted by the_longwalker View Post
    I have the 20-60 and wished I had picked the wide angle for sure.
    Why do you wish you picked up the wide angle

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    At higher power mirage kicks in pretty hard. In my opinion only, I think the useful power range maxes out around 40 ish. I think that for general purpose hunting the wider field of view at lower magnification would be a better bang for the buck. This is for the 65 HD. I'm not sure if the 85 would have the same problem.

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    When I bought my 65mm Swaro, the guy selling it recommended the 25-50 wide angle. Told me the optics were better than the 20-60. Took his advice and have been pleased with the eyepiece.

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    Quote Originally Posted by VLD43 View Post
    When I bought my 65mm Swaro, the guy selling it recommended the 25-50 wide angle. Told me the optics were better than the 20-60. Took his advice and have been pleased with the eyepiece.
    This is what I've heard as well

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    Quote Originally Posted by the_longwalker View Post
    This is what I've heard as well
    Have you guys used both? I was seeing guys on the birding forums complaining about a finicky eye relief on the 25 to 50 wide angle... but general consensus seemed towards the wide angle as better vs the 20-60x

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    I’ve used both. Side by side. And no question the 25-50 is way better. It’s Brighter and clearer, and the 20-60 feels like you’re looking thru a tunnel compared to the WA. And I believe there would be few conditions when the additional 10 power magnification of the 20-60 would actually be useful due to mirage as others have said.

    One last thing, the wide angle eyepiece actually has a wider field of view at 25x than the 20-60 at 20 power, so there’s no benefit on the low end either.

    So, go with the wide angle without hesitation and don’t sweat the extra $$ for a second.

    TJ

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    So jaybe14 did you make a choice? Look forward to hearing what u went with.

    TJ

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    Re: Swarovski spotter - 65mm - 25-50x wide angle vs 20-60x

    Quote Originally Posted by Timberjack View Post
    I’ve used both. Side by side. And no question the 25-50 is way better. It’s Brighter and clearer, and the 20-60 feels like you’re looking thru a tunnel compared to the WA. And I believe there would be few conditions when the additional 10 power magnification of the 20-60 would actually be useful due to mirage as others have said.

    One last thing, the wide angle eyepiece actually has a wider field of view at 25x than the 20-60 at 20 power, so there’s no benefit on the low end either.

    So, go with the wide angle without hesitation and don’t sweat the extra $$ for a second.

    TJ
    Hi Timberjack,

    thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. I'm going to be looking for a 25-50x eye piece model, your review reinforced what I read on the birding forums.
    I haven't bought yet, I'm just selling a couple last guns/scopes to put the money towards this. Hoping to have it by November so I can use on a 4pt buck only hunt.
    Jaybe

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