Vortex Razor HD Straight Spotting Scope
Fantastic glass, rugged and well-designed
I am a sniper with a police agency and picked up this spotting scope primarily to use for work. I have had it for a few months now and am extremely happy with it. The resolution, clarity and light-gathering abilities are every bit as impressive as my buddy's Swarovski. I've compared it side by side with the US Army's Leupold that is issued to their sniper teams now, and the image quality is better on the Viper (though I believe because of anti-IR concerns, the Leupold glass does not have the same level of coatings as the Viper).
I have done several training deployments with this spotting scope, and have used it with a window mount doing actual surveillance. It's awesome to be able to read license plates and see great detail at hundreds of yards. It's great on the range too, and it's easy to see mirage, bullet trails and .22 caliber holes at 100+ yards.
The scope is robust, but not too heavy. I specifically got this medium size because I didn't want to lug around the 80mm version. I am contemplating picking up the smaller Razor as well, to use at closer ranges where a wider field of view is needed.
I'm hoping to pull off an elk hunt next year out west, and this will definitely be a piece of equipment that will see a lot of use. I'll probably have to pick up a camera mount for it as well, the glass is so bright and clear I believe it will be excellent for digi-scoping.
My only "complaint" is I'm not a huge fan of the zippered cover it comes with. I wish it were a little more form fitting, and I had to add my own strings to secure the rubber scope covers. That said, there is a form fitting neoprene cover available that some of my teammates have, that is perfect and has integral covers. I will be ordering one of those.
Overall, and excellent product that I would highly recommend, whether hunting, shooting or even using in a "tactical" environment.
November 8, 2014
was out mule deer hunting in eastern Washington and was able to count points on bucks from 1400- 2100 yards saving me a hike to see what they were and cutting the distance. even though only 33 power in the top end, still very capable of giving you a good picture
October 21, 2014
Votex Razor HD20- 60x85 straight
This scope is awesome ive never looked through such a clear visible optic til i looked threw my friends once i looked through the scope i had to buy one i am always hunting, and i am a huge shed antler finder here in utah. I purchaced my Razor through Tines Up and i knjow pressure on wildlife in the winter is very ahrd on the anaimal so i keep my distance from the elk or deer and sit back and watch these animals shed there horns im a fan of vortex and I love the durribilitty, size, and how light weight the scope is. Thanks for designing such a awesome optic!
September 10, 2014
The perfect packing spotting scope
I bought mine for Deer hunting season this year but using it during my shed hunting trips has proved it invaluable for any day in the mountains. I use it with my smart optix phone adapter and get amazing pictures and videos all the time! I love this spring scope and I know it will make all the difference during hunting season this year!
May 27, 2014