The reinvention of the telescope: the ATX / STX from SWAROVSKI OPTIK

SWAROVSKI OPTIK / Published May 04, 2012 02:20 AM

SWAROVSKI OPTIK presents its new generation of telescopes. The ATX/STX telescopes have a modular, ergonomic design and allow you to see the world through completely new eyes. Two eyepiece modules and three objective modules featuring SWAROVISION technology combine to provide a total of six different telescopes to suit every viewing opportunity. Furthermore, the ATX/STX telescopes could not be easier to use. For the first time, the zoom and focusing rings are right next to each other, thereby ensuring that you can use the telescope intuitively and quickly, with just one hand. The new telescope family, which will be available from specialist dealers from September 2012, is supplemented by specially developed digiscoping solutions and numerous accessories.

Whether you are on a birding trip to Costa Rica, spending a day in marshlands or patiently scanning the coastline, every viewing situation and personal preference requires specific optical equipment. The new ATX/STX telescope family from SWAROVSKI OPTIK allows you to adapt to each situation without having to compromise on performance or features. Optical luminosity, user-friendliness, ergonomic design and modular flexibility combine to bring about a real revolution in the history of the telescope and set new standards.
“What SWAROVSKI OPTIK stands for is embodied in the hawk featured in our logo. We want to rediscover the world through its eyes: razor-sharp, quick to react and in complete awe of the beauty of nature,” explains Carina Schiestl-Swarovski, Chairwoman of the Executive Board of SWAROVSKI OPTIK. “The new ATX/STX telescopes allow the hawk to spread its wings with renewed strength and to catch sight of things that were previously invisible, but are now revealed in unimaginable brilliance. I am delighted that, thanks to our close consultation and cooperation with users, we have managed to successfully reinvent the telescope.”

Modular with the perfect fit: unimaginable versatility
With the ATX/STX family, SWAROVSKI OPTIK has reinvented the telescope. For the first time, you can change a telescope’s performance by changing the objective lens, allowing you to adapt it according to the situation in which you want to use it. Two eyepiece modules (angled/straight) and three objective modules with diameters of 65, 85 and 95 mm can be assembled to form six different telescopes. Both these essential components can be carried easily and safely and take up a minimum of space because they can be detached from one another. This puts an end to the problem of deciding between optimum luminosity / detail recognition and portability.

Outstanding and impressive: focused observation
It goes without saying that the ATX/STX telescopes are based on SWAROVISION technology from SWAROVSKI OPTIK and have an optical quality that has never before been achieved by a spotting scope. The field flattener lenses used produce an almost flat image. This means that even the finest textures are reproduced with razor-sharp clarity right up to the edge, with no need for constant refocusing, and details can be captured at lightning speed. An innovative and unique optical design – including HD lenses – provides a significant improvement in resolution, rich contrast and saturation, and exceptional colour fidelity. The ATX/STX telescopes stand out for their high zoom range (25-60x65; 85 or 30-70x95), while also offering a very wide field of view (up to 41 m/1000 m). Optimum magnification and recognition down to the smallest detail provide you with a more exciting platform for enjoying your viewing experience, and greatly simplify the task of looking for and finding moving objects in particular. A long eye relief allows those wearing spectacles and sunglasses to fully enjoy these benefits, making viewing even more comfortable, and they too can experience the exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness and large field of view. Optimised SWARODUR and SWAROTOP coatings enhance colour reproduction and transmission even in twilight, and SWAROCLEAN coatings provide a non-stick effect on external lens surfaces, helping to keep lenses clean.

Ergonomic and accurate: intuitive use
Another new feature of the ATX/STX telescopes is the positioning of the focusing and zoom rings. For the first time, they are arranged next to each other so that they can be used quickly and with just one hand. ATX/STX telescopes are ready for crucial moments, especially when following moving objects and digiscoping. It is so much quicker for you to find, zoom in and focus on objects and you have your other hand free to use the tripod handle or camera. The large, smooth-operating focusing ring allows you to focus both quickly and accurately, and it differs from the zoom ring not only in terms of its turning tension but also its structure. An integrated, extendable sunshield, along with the aiming aid and protective caps make it completely comfortable and reliable to use in any situation.

Modular and user-friendly: digiscoping solutions
There is yet another new feature: For the first time, telescope and digiscoping solutions have been developed in a collaborative process to ensure that the whole system can be used in a quick, simple and user-friendly manner. As a result, the modularity of the ATX/STX telescopes also covers digiscoping. The involvement of users in the development and countless field tests ensure comprehensive functionality and user-friendliness. This innovative development process has resulted in two different adapters. The TLS APO apochromatic telephoto lens system is the first camera lens adapter specifically designed for high-quality digiscoping, with a focus on image quality (30-mm camera lens for APS-C or smaller sensors) and the ability to quickly change between observation and photography. The DCB II swing adapter is ideal for both compact and system cameras with a pancake objective. It is particularly simple and easy to use and can even be folded up for transport. The newly designed TR II telescope rail, with two support points providing high stability and a quick release system for rapid adjustment, rounds off the equipment available and optimises image quality.

The highest development and production standards, the lowest possible production tolerance, the maximum level of user-friendliness and the clear commitment to the production site in Tyrol provide a solid foundation for the revolutionary, modular ATX/STX telescope family from SWAROVSKI OPTIK.



Ian Salisbury

Commented August 07, 2012 06:34 PM
If this new scope is anything like their fantastic binoculars then these new telescopes should be a real winner...and with all the new features it sounds as though they will be extremely versatile and easy to use. When can I try one!!?

Ian Salisbury

Commented August 07, 2012 06:34 PM
If this new scope is anything like their fantastic binoculars then these new telescopes should be a real winner...and with all the new features it sounds as though they will be extremely versatile and easy to use. When can I try one!!?


Commented August 08, 2012 01:35 PM
Thank you very much Ian….the new ATX STX spotting scope will be available from 1st of September onwards. Check out the following links to microsites and videos:

Oli Dreike

Commented August 12, 2012 04:54 AM
A couple of years ago I bought a pair of Swarovski EL 8x32 Travelers - one of the best purchases I ever made. These scopes look fantastic too and if they are as good as their binoculars, then they must be the best around!

Chris Mercer

Commented August 23, 2012 11:44 AM
I bought a Swarovski spotting scope about ten years ago when we were rehabbing wildlife in the Kalahari. It was a useful tool for eg counting the ticks and biting flies on our eland from say 80 metres distance. No complaints. It was expensive but as they say, when you buy quality the pleasure lasts long after the pain of payment is forgotten.

Milo Harrup

Commented November 07, 2012 05:43 PM
Pretty sure that if these are anything like their Bino's then they will be fantastic, they look great!

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