The Gold Standard of Long-Range Optics

Nature is ready for its close-up

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CRYSTAL CLEAR As wildlife- and bird- watching pros know, the spotting scope is the beyond-binoculars choice for bringing the world into focus. And in the rarified world of premium long-range optics, Swarovski Optik is the gold standard.

A 1949 offshoot of the Austrian glass company founded by Daniel Swarovski in 1895, it turns the same handmade technology that produces the company’s famously diamond-like crystals to crafting highest-precision binoculars and scopes.

Debuted at the 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships in Tyrol, the company’s flagship ST Vista spotting scope provides brilliant, razor-sharp detail from 33 yards to infinity. Designed with sand-blasted aluminum for permanent outdoor installation—its body filled with nitrogen and lenses treated with a suite of proprietary coatings—the scope is impervious to high-country weather hijinks. Nature is ready for its close-up.

20” long, 30x fixed magnification, 95-mm objective lens aperture, $14,444; swarovskioptik.com.

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