Swarovski BTX Dual Eyepiece Overview
By now there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about the launch of the Swarovski BTX via social media. I’ll go out on a limb and say that this new eyepiece will change the way we hunt more than any optics product since the invention of the laser rangefinder.
This works for a little while, but eventually your brain just“bonks”. This forces you to take a break and allow the muscles controlling the eyes to relax and recalibrate before you can get back into the scope. The older you get, the longer this recalibration process takes. With both eyes open, the head and neck in a relaxed position, and an optical system delivering a high-resolution image, you can glass for hours at 30 power, allowing you to dig out tiny details from a mile away. Case closed...you know you need a BTX.
The BTX can be mated with the 65mm, 85mm, or 95mm objective lens from the ATX/STX line. The magnification is a fixed 30x with the 65mm or 85mm, and 35x when combined with the 95mm objective. Swarovski has also introduced the ME 1.7 magnification extender for the BTX/STX/ATX. When attached, this will boost the BTX 65 and 85 up to 50X, and 60X on the BTX 95. Not to get off the subject, but when you incorporate the ME with an ATX/STX 95, the maximum power skyrockets from 70x to 120X! I haven’t had a chance to test the ME yet, but some optics snob friends of mine have, and they were blown away with the image quality they were getting at 120 power.
The BTX eyepieces can be moved in and out to accommodate a wide range of inter-pupillary distances. If you can use a pair of Swarovski 15x56’s, then you’ll have no problem with the BTX. The right eyepiece handles the diopter adjustment just like many binoculars.
While looking through the BTX, you can peek at the ingenious targeting aide and quickly find the desired object. The BTX weighs in at 50 oz, which is only 20 oz. more than the regular eyepiece. The field of view with the 65mm and 85mm objective lens is 112 feet, while the 95mm lens delivers 96 feet, both of which are comparable to a spotting scope at the equivalent powers.
If you’re interested in buying a BTX, please don’t wait. Call the Outdoorsmans today or get on their website right now and order one. The demand will surely outstrip the supply this year, so don’t miss out. For an in-depth look at the whole X-Series, read the review I wrote on the Swarovski ATX & STX. I’m confident that if you buy one and then change your mind, you’ll be able to sell it for more than you paid for it. I’ve never said that about a piece of hunting equipment in my life!