I am in the market for a spotting scope. I am not in the Swaro bunch, so keep it conservative.
My biggest requirements are clarity all the way to the edge of the image, good eye relief, large exit pupil even at higher magnification, and minimal parallax.
20-60 X, 50-60 mm objective.
I have a tripod, hard and soft cases are not deal breakers, since most suppliers have them available in various packages.
Use for shooting, and bird watching, and possibly adapting my SLR dig camera.