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    Default Swarovski Eyepiece 45x (f=10.7mm) has just arrived



    Hello all,

    this third Swarovski eyepiece completes may collection of the other two Swarovskis, 30x and 22x.

    The 45x Swaro is on sale as opened box used item (if ever?) in mint condition here,
    (Used) Swarovski 45x SW eyepiece (Ref 36352)
    As the Swarovski eyepieces have been designed for their spotting scopes, an astroadapter Swarovski-to-1,25" is required. This astroadapter has been offered by orniwelt.de, but out of stock at the moment. The 2 other astroadapters in my collection will be enough to serve the observational purpose for the time being.

    As soon as the skies will clear, the legendary crystal clear optics of the Swarovski (f=10.5mm) will be tested aginst the famous Pentax XW (f=10mm).

    Clear skies,

    JG
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    Default Re: Swarovski Eyepiece 45x (f=10.7mm) has just arrived

    JG,

    I shall look forward to reading your verdict on Swarovski v Pentax.
    I know you are a good judge of fine glass, and so your decision will be final!

    Here's to good Bavarian weather so you can begin your tests!

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    Default Re: Swarovski Eyepiece 45x (f=10.7mm) has just arrived

    Hi JG, congratulations on the Swarovski. I'm looking forward to your comparison between it and the Pentax.

    Do you know of which optical design Swarovski is (Erfle or something, number of elements, that sort of thing) and what its apparent field of view is?

    I'll toast to that Bavarian Spring with its mild clear skies.

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    Default Re: Swarovski Eyepiece 45x (f=10.7mm) has just arrived

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruud View Post
    Hi JG, congratulations on the Swarovski. I'm looking forward to your comparison between it and the Pentax.

    Do you know of which optical design Swarovski is (Erfle or something, number of elements, that sort of thing) and what its apparent field of view is?
    Hello Ruud, hello Alec,

    Swarovski, made in the Tyrol area in Austria, keeps quiet about the technical details on their EPs, well I can just guess.
    The 45x (f=10.7mm) EP differs from the narrow field 30x W and 22x, and at the first comparison, it looks more towards the Nagler Type 1 derivatives, like the short focus Pentax XW. I'll check out with the friends at the nearby university if they can X-ray the EP to 'look' inside.
    The field of view of the 45x is a bit narrower than that of the Pentax XW, perheaps 68deg, well I can live with it. The coatings are also a bit different - according to the first impression the field lens coatings may cut the UV and the very deep blue, to improve the color rendition (looks like the Leica way).

    The 45x EP seems like having been discontinued, as the birders, the sports guys, and the rifle guys, they all prefer the zooms. It's likely, that Swarovski offers the runout manufactured series to the dealers at a fraction of the list price, declaring the EPs as used or demo items. This has already happened with the old 30x W and 22x, I have seen a row of this EPs at one dealer's, some time ago, and that's where my other Swaros come from.

    The good reason for Swarovski is, they have never placed on the market some low cost trash to promote their trade mark on budget offers. Swarovski has never hesitated to apply the best available technologies to their products whatever high the cost may be. They have never manufactured their optics offshore their Alpine lakes.

    Well, even if I am a Leica fan, why not to try Swarovski when I have been already very happy with their other two EPs.

    Thanks for the replies,

    JG
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