In case you missed the drawing, Saundra Martz is the winner of my spotting scope. Above is her bad bird photo of a Cooper’s hawk…can you find it? Saundra doesn’t get the scope right away, it’s currently being cleaned up at Swarovski.
They sent me photos to show that my scope arrived safely (though I suspect they already started cleaning it for this photo…there is noticeable lack of heron poop on the scope body).
Here we have Dean from marketing (he’s the guy who was nice enough to say yes to my crazy idea of giving away my old scope) and Kyle from the repair department. So, Saundra, your scope is in good hands and getting all spiffed up for delivery to you!
Incidentally, Swarovski does encourage people to send in their optics every 3 to 5 years for a good once over. They do things like make replacements of parts that might need them, double check the alignment or if they’ve made a change to the optic since your purchase, make that change in for your piece–this is a free service. All you have to do is pay for the shipping to Swarovski. It’s best to call ahead of time and have your optics assigned a number so as soon as it arrives to the clean up department they can know what needs to be done. Also, it’s best to avoid doing this right before spring or fall migration–those are they busiest times.