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Vortex 20-60x85 Razor HD Spotting Scope

Item# SHL178
 
5.0

(5 Ratings)

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  • Large, 85mm objective lens
  • 20x-60x zoom eyepiece
  • Dual Focus Knob for ultra precise focusing
  • Built in sunshade
  • Waterproof and Fogproof

What's Included?

Spotting Scope, Eyepiece cap, Objective lens cover, View-through carry case

Description

Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope

 

The new Vortex Razor HD spotting scope pushes the performance barrier to the highest limits, delivering a level of optical quality, resolution, and color fidelity previously available only in the most prestigious European brands.  If you want to get up close and personal - you want one of these.

 

The Vortex HD System

 

Through a combination of sophisticated XT optical design, advanced multi-layered XR lens coatings, premium grade XD glass, and the ultra-hard ArmorTek exterior lens coating, Vortex raises the bar on optical performance to a new height.

 

Optical Features

 

XT Optical Design - Virtually eliminates aberrations and provides distortion free images with unmatched edge-to-edge accuracy and detail.

 

XD Lens Elements - Extra Low Dispersion (XD) glass enhances resolution, color, and contrast.

 

XR Lens Coatings - Vortex XR proprietary anti-reflection lens coatings increase light transmission with multiple coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.

 

Triplet Apochromatic Lens - Reduces chromatic aberration.

 

Fully Multi-Coated Lenses - Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.  Broadband coatings.

 

Construction Features

 

Porro Prism - Offers maximum image quality and performance in a traditional design

 

Angled Body - Valued for allowing an overall lower mount height which maximizes stability in wind, offers greater comfort when glassing for extended periods, and permits the use of a smaller, lighter tripod

 

Dual Focus - Allows for maximum focusing precision with both coarse and fine focus adjustments

 

Adjustable Eyecup - Twists up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses

 

Sunshade - Reduces glare and shields the objective lens from raindrops and snow

 

Rotating Tripod Ring - Allows rotation of the eyepiece to a sideways position - most useful for viewing through an angled spotting scope body on a car window mount

 

Waterproof - Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the spotting scope

 

Fogproof - Barrel is filled with argon gas to inhibit internal fogging

 

ArmorTek Lens Armor - Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating repels oils and corrosive salts on outer glass surfaces

 

 

Shipping Restrictions:
Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

Dimensions & Specifications

Length

15.25 inches

Weight

65.7 oz.

Size

Eye Relief

18-20mm

Waterproof

Yes

Features

Waterproof

Type

Angled , Straight

Magnification

20-60x

Brand

Vortex

Objective Lens Diameter

85mm

Field of View at 1000 Yards

60-117 ft.

Angular Field of View

1.1-2.2 Degrees

Exit Pupil

1.42-4.25mm

Spotting Scopes Series

Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scopes

Spotting Scope Size

Full Size

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Vortex 20-60x85 Razor HD Spotting Scope
 
5.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright eyepiece (4)
  • Sensitivity controls (4)
  • Strong magnification (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Seriously amazing

      By Jason

      from Minnesota

      Comments about Vortex 20-60x85 Razor HD Spotting Scope:

      I owned a Swarovski spotting scope for a number of years. I gave it to my son as he would get much more use out of it. Shortly after, i regretted giving it away and decided to get my self a new one. After some reading, I came across Vortex. Not a brand I would have considered - as I was mostly contemplating another Swarovski or a Zeiss.

      I read so much positive talk about the Vortex that I had to try it. Sure glad I did. No way the others are worth twice as much - and personally I think this scope is better anyway. The focus is so quick on this that images just snap instantly into focus. The images are absolutely perfect to the edge. The build quality of this is truly exceptional.

      Go ahead and may twice as much for a name. Ill be using my Razor HD and keep the extra 1500 bucks.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Could not nave been easier

      By Sven,the birder

      from Minneapolis,Mn

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright Eyepiece
      • Sensitivity Controls
      • Strong Magnification

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vortex 20-60x85 Razor HD Spotting Scope:

          Perfect for birding

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          5.0

          I would give to all my friends

          By shotgun bill

          from san diego

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright Eyepiece
          • Sensitivity Controls
          • Strong Magnification

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Bright Conditions
          • Low Visibility
          • Security

          Comments about Vortex 20-60x85 Razor HD Spotting Scope:

          everything is great about it. better than described. directions simple and accurate. Seeing the stars in fifteen minutes.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW, Way more than I expected.

          By Dave

          from Steamboat Springs, Colorado

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright Eyepiece
          • Sensitivity Controls
          • Strong Magnification

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Low Visibility
            • Shooting

            Comments about Vortex 20-60x85 Razor HD Spotting Scope:

            Very very nice,top quality, stable and solid.has a camera option,I'm definetly going to get one of those as well.

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            (32 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            wonderful scope great price!

            By jeff

            from Choteau, MT

            About Me Professional Guide

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Bright Eyepiece
            • Sensitivity Controls
            • Strong Magnification

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Hunting
              • wildlife viewing

              Comments about Vortex 20-60x85 Razor HD Spotting Scope:

              I sold my Leica and bought a VortexReview Of Vortex Razor HD 85mm spotting scopeBy Jeff Professional Naturalist /Guide for The Nature Conservancy, Montana.Pros:· Clear sharp images, · Excellent resolution.· Well built and solid· Smooth zoom · Smooth and adjustable eye relief· Wide field of view· Out standing price!· Unbeatable WarrantyCons:· Not enough eye relief for some people with glasses· Lens caps may not work with some filters· The View through case is poorly fitted and cumbersome.· Sunshade slides out too easily (a small rubber ring would help)Bottom Line: This is an outstanding scope at a great price.The other leading optics manufacturers may have a slight edge over the Vortex in some areas, but this scope holds its own with the very best leading with a great price and the best warranty in the business.More about how I found the Vortex. I have been using a Leica APO 77mm scope and Leica binoculars for years.I have a straight view Leica. This came to be a problem guiding because of the long hours glassing for bears and other wildlife as well and that it will not accommodate users of differing heights easily. So, I started looking for a replacement scope. I went to Leica first, but the new Leica APO 82 was selling for thousands of dollars That made me pause and look around. I read some reviews of the Vortex. It sounded like a top quality scope at a reasonable price. However, the price made me wonder if I would notice a difference in quality from the other top scope manufacturers.Fortunately, due to my work, I have access to many top scopes for comparisons including Swarovski, Nikon, and Leica.I was able to test the Vortex scope in the field for several weeks. I also set up a 100 yard Snell eye chart comparison. I am very impressed with the Vortex performance both in day- to-day field use and in direct comparison to several other excellent scopes.Resolution and sharpnessIn the resolution tests I set up, the Vortex scored equal to other scopes tested against.For my resolution test, I set each of the four scopes on a sturdy tripod viewing a Snell Eye Chart at 100 yards on a cloudless, Montana afternoon. I had several different testers read the eye chart through each scope several time, and at different magnifications. I varied the order for scopes and the direction that they read the lines of the eye chart. The scopes I compared were: Vortex Razor HD 85mm w/20z-60xLeica APO 77 w/20x-60xSwarovski 80mm STS HD w 20x-60xNikon Fieldscope 82mm ED w/ 25x-75xHere are the results of my Snell Eye Chart comparisons.All were great scopes.None of the scopes tested were able to clearly resolve one line smaller than the others. In other words, all appeared equally clear.In most runs of the test the Vortex had the same accuracy as the Leica. There was some variation from one test to another and from one tester to another. When trying to read 5 mm lettering at 100 yards, body position and eye relief were very important. If one's position was not in correct, testers had more difficulty with some letters.After hours of squinting at the eye chart, the impressions of the testers were:The Leica might have been the sharpest, but not by much. The Vortex was a very very close second and even that was not a sure thing. The Swarovski and Nikon were about equal, and just behind the Leica and the Vortex.We did however notice more chromatic aberration in the Swarovski and in the Nikon than with the Leica and the Vortex. The Vortex had warmer cast to the view, almost like a slight warming filter and the Leica and Swarovski had a cooler cast like a cooling filter. I do not think this is good or bad just different. One of the testers said "that they though the Vortex had great contrast in relation to the other scopes." I did find that some style of glasses made it difficult to get the appropriate amount of eye relief for one tester.Body and constructionThe Vortex razor feels very well made. The zoom operates smoothly. I really like the duel focus knobs that are very smooth and have no lag in the rolling of them.I really like that the eye-piece locks in place with a pin. I would prefer all rubber armor on the body like the Leica and Swarovski.. I also find the sun shade slides out too freely for my tastes. I think the Objective lens cap might not fit well if you put a protective filter on but I did not test this. I also like how smooth and firm the eye-cup twists out. making for great eye-relief adjustment.Now for some real world use. I used the Vortex in the field leading wildlife watching expeditions and hikes.I also tested it watching White-winged Cross bills feeding. I loved the color rendition I got through the Vortex. I saw great highlights in the bird's feathers.I used the scope several times at dusk looking for grizzly bears at Pine Butte Preserve in Montana. The Vortex did very well in the poor light- even in the rain. The Vortex scope was even brighter than my Leica binoculars. I had several of my clients comment on how bright and sharp they thought the scope was. We watched several moose and were able to see the velvet on the antlers from ½ a mile. I was able to pick out elk from nearly two miles away, and we watched a female grizzly with two cubs run across a meadow. The detail in their hair was excellent. You could see her coat ripple and move as she stood up to smell us. One major difference I noticed: at 60x the Leica and Swarovski really seemed to tunnel down and have small field of view. The Vortex seemed much bigger and brighter. This was most observable when looking at wildlife over one mile away in poor light.Summary The Vortex Razor is a top quality scope. You might get slightly more from a $4000 dollar scope, but I do not think it would be a difference that mattered.The Razor has by far the best warranty in the industry and that is a huge benefit to me.If you drop the Vortex and break it ;Vortex will fix it. You will not get this with Leica, Swoarvski, or Kowa. Nikon had a great warranty too, but it is not transferable to another owner of the scope. The Vortex warranty stays with the scope not the owner!I have loved using the scope on the job. I am very impressed by the scope and will seriously look at other Vortex products in the future. I think that if they can keep up the quality and the affordable prices, we will hear a lot more about Vortex Optics.

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