Q&A with Mark Collier about the 115-mm objective module

September 13 2020


Q&A with Mark Collier about the 115-mm objective module

British ornithologist Mark Collier was one of the first people to try our latest innovation when it comes to spotting scopes in the field: the 115-mm objective module. We interviewed him about the role of nature and birding in his life, the importance of good optics, as well as his #seetheunseen moment.


What does nature and birding mean to you?

Nature offers me a moment for myself and also for sharing with others. There is always something new to discover. Birding means peace, relaxation but also excitement and fascination.


What was your #seetheunseen moment with the 115-mm objective module?

Seeing how the 115-mm objective module lit up the eiders on the Wadden Sea at sunrise (but hopefully many more to come).




How does your perfect birding day look like?

A crisp autumn day in late September/early October looking for migrants in the dunes, woodlands, shallow pools and coastline on Texel or Vlieland.

Also, overseas adventures with friends where we can share new birding experiences.


How do SWAROVSKI OPTIK products support your passion?

The quality of the image ensures you are immersed in the moment with the bird. Also, for sharing experiences when guiding or through digiscoping. Can be relied on to give you the view you want, if you don’t see the bird it’s not down to the optics.




Why is the 115-mm objective module the best choice if you are looking for rare birds?

There’s no compromise: huge, bright image and incredible clarity. You sometimes only see a bird for a brief moment, make that view count.


When will you use the 115-mm objective module?

I’m a big scope-user and love scanning around to see what I can find. Even in scrubby areas I scan the tops of bushes for birds before getting too close, this often gives great views before the bird even knows you’re there. I can see that the 115-mm objective module will accompany me regularly in a range of habitats from checking wader roosts to scanning pools and woodland edges. I’m very keen to try it for digiscoping, as so far I have mainly focussed on birding.


How will the 115-mm objective module improve your sightings success in the future?

I have found the brightness and clarity of the 115-mm objective module allow plumage details to be distinguished even in poor light. This will undoubtedly prove essential when looking into the light to check a wader roost and through goose flocks on a dull wintry day. Also for digiscoping, I expect the image will be bright allowing faster shutter speeds and sharper images.




About the interviewee: Mark Collier

Mark is an ecologist and dedicated birder. Born in 1976, this British ornithologist loves the outdoors, nature, photography, digiscoping, hiking, climbing, and – of course – birding. He looked through a friend’s SLC 7x42 in 1998 and was hooked by SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s exceptional optical quality. Today, he is using the compact yet sharp EL 10x32, the small CL 10x30, the ATX 85 spotting scope (he loves its extra magnification and bright, clear image), the TLS APO for versatility and photography, as well as the VPA for digiscoping. Since 2020, he has been observing even more details with the 115-mm objective module.

Read more about Mark’s adventures with the 115-mm objective module on Texel, join him on a search for King Eider (Somateria spectabilis), or dive into his joint birding session with Nils.

You may also follow Mark on social media: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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