I greatly appreciate your response to the comparison of the Zeiss 15X60 BGAT and the new Swarovski 15X56. I was honestly hoping that the Swarovski wouldn't trump the Zeiss 15X60 BGAT but it appears it does. I would love to have the opportunity to do a side by side comparison, but it is so hard when one lives in the rural Midwest to get a chance to look through the new premium binoculars. In most cases it has come down to qtrusting reviews and taking the plunge and buying them. Thanks again
Thank you kcolter, I do hope you get a chance to try them out. They are a significant investment for anyone. I am surprised that Swarovski make no attempt to market them to astronomers. Their website is designed for hunters and ornithology. Although they triumphantly proclaim what an excellent low light binocular they are they make no attempt to extend their use after dark. Maybe a smaller market than the other two but none the less an important one.
Hopefully when they start to appear in the USA in March more reviews will become available. Until then I will continue to post my observations. I would suggest it would be worth finding a dealer within convenient travelling distance and taking a day out to try a pair. Even if you don't intend to buy them it will be a great experience seeing how far binocular technology has progressed.