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Though collapsible spotting scopes have long been popular in Europe, they have never caught on in North America, perhaps because of an erroneous preconception that they are hopelessly old-fashioned. However, unlike the drawtube telescopes of yore, which used erector lenses for image correction and had very narrow FOVs, this Swarovski scope, with its P-coated roof prisms and extra-wide FOV, is as modern as tomorrow. The irrefutable logic behind its collapsible design was that a scope with such a large objective lens (75mm) could be collapsed from an extended length of 19 inches to just 12 inches for easy carrying. The Swarovski CTC’s resolution of 1.6 SOA is excellent, as is its low-light performance.