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Present the young naturalist in your life with the Raptor and you've introduced them to a gift of a lifetime. The highly-regarded porro prism Raptor delivers an exceptionally wide field of view with sharp, rich three-dimensional details. Featuring twist-up eyecups and waterproof, fogproof construction, the Raptor continues a classic tradition in a modern fashion. The Vortex VIP warranty guarantees the Raptor will last for generations.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Generally offer a rich depth of field, wide field of view, and three-dimensional image.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel
Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Right Eye Diopter
Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Great binoc, except for the hard focus effort
Barry from Southeast PA
Well, these were a great surprise to an old guy, considering they are a lower power bin (6.5x), and the old fashioned porro prism design, which not quite fashionable, but delivering images hard to beat by the better modern roof offerings, especially at anywhere near this price.
Excellent clarity, resolution and depth of focus (good range without refocusing), along with a nice wider field of view, all in a very lightweight package. They are a bit bulkier than the roof design, but at a weight savings and better 3-D effect, and very excellent in low light, even compared to some of the better midsize roof designs, like the Eagle Optics Ranger SRT 6x32, which I think are great field glasses too (my choice for quick and close action)-much quicker to focus on anything, but just not having a 3-D depth of field like these porro design Vortex Raptors. I believe the Ranger SRT's are discontinued now though, and replaced by a more expensive and upgraded version.
The hard focusing mechanism of the Raptors is typical of the porro design, and pretty common among these type binos. Some only use these for warm weather use, however, as I said before, they have a great range of focus, so you don't have to refocus often if you are viewing in that range. So you could actually use these outdoors in cold weather, if you don't have focusing extremes that you need to do quickly, or indoors anytime. Even outdoors in cold weather, you can always keep them warm under a coat in that event, so you can more easily focus if needed. These also do not close focus like the roofs, which is about 3' for the roofs, vs 15' for the porros. But if you're just watching nature at a distance, these excel in most respects.
The color bias is toward the warm end, giving landscapes and sunets a bit more warmth and glow, which I don't mind a bit, considering sunset look great with these, as do cloud formations, in all their glory, with better depth of field even on such distant objects, that give a more enriched view overall.
As has been said before by others, good porro prism binoculars often give better views with their simpler design than their more expensive roof prism cousins, for quite a bit less money, so if you're on a budget, these are well worth trying on your eyes.
I find not much missing detail between these and 8x binos in the view-and these have better resolution and depth of field than many others, for less money. So, overall, a great buy, and easy to like binoculars that allow you to see what you were missing with the lesser ones you might have had before.
6.5x is much easier to hold still as well, so in this respect, for many older people, it will be easier to see more detail right off the bat, than with higher powered binos. If you don't need very close focusing binoculars, these are great. Waterproof, fogproof (except like any bino, unless you are hot and it is cold out, the outer surface fogs a bit until it warms-or you cool, a bit), and with good eye relief (for eyeglass wearers)-though there are others that are better for that, if that's your main concern-still good by comparison to many others though.
I would surely reccommend trying the Vortex Raptors in green, or if you prefer grey, the same binos in the Eagle Optics Kingbirds), especially if you are on a budget and you still want a top quality image. Buying from Eagle Optics is a pleasure, and a welcome US stateside company (from Wisconsin) who from my experience (and many others), is one of the best retailers out there in customer service and satisfaction, that specializes in optics, as well as being very highly regarded for their products, service and warranty, on all their offerings.
I have bought binoculars from several different sources, and can easily say that I would come back first to Eagle Optics if their prices were right, because their sevice and offerings warrant it. Watch out for theis specials-they are very competitive there!
Thanks EO, for opening my eyes to new views!
Good little binocular
Gary from NC
The 6.5 Raptor is very intuitive to use and has a nice fit for me. I have owned it a few days and so far I am impressed with the quality of the view. I wear glasses and have no problems with eye relief with this model. Well built and light. The focus is firm, as others have mentioned, but for me it is comfortable to use, and is not a problem.
Vortex Raptor 6.5x32 binocular
Frank from Methuen,MA
I bought the binoculars for my grandson. He loves them. We recently went to a Great Blue Herron rookery and observed over 30 adult birds and their newly hatched offspring. He was very pleased with his new binoculars.
Alex from Minnesota
Got this for a 7 year old with an interest in birds. He loved them. Very good glass. Focus nob is a little hard, even for my taste. Overall a great glass. Compares well with the Leupold Yosemite which I've also used. Feels a little larger than the Yosemite. Single best improvement would be an easier focus nob. Love that it comes with tethered objective covers (simple but nice addition for kids).
Jon from NC
These were ordered on Wednesday afternoon and they arrived Friday morning. That speaks very well for Eagle's CS and shipping teams. Thanks!
I was very skeptical of the 6X power but thought I would try one out for fun. I chose these over the Yosemite models because I had read some other reviews online saying that they were slightly brighter and had longer barrels making them easier to hold.
They are such a handy size and a delight to use; they are compact with a solid feel and weight that reminds me of a good pocketknife. Now that they are in hand, they have pretty much replaced my larger 8 and 10 power glasses. My hands are fairly steady (I can even use a 12X when needed) but I seem to prefer the more natural view of the 6X. The low power and the porro design DO give a nice depth of field that is very much appreciated, especially when bow/bird hunting in the woods and brush.
The clarity is there and is IMHO easily equal to the views offered by the imported ED roof designs that are popular these days. The porro design does not have to worry about CA and can omit phase correction coatings and ED glass while offering competitive images for much less $.
I did have to send the first pair back to Vortex for a funny shaped sweet spot (flat on bottom). Vortex was very fast and courteous and sent a replacement pair right away (sweet spot extends out very respectably towards all the edges and then gradually fades).
The center wheel can be a bit stiff, as can the eye cups (multi-positioned). This is just being detailed, I would still want to give them a 4.5 if I had paid twice as much but considering the price for performance and the service from Eagle and Vortex these are a solid 5 stars.
To say that I like them would be an understatement. These are the ones my hands naturally seek from the pile when preparing to go out. I will be buying another pair to give to my fiancé.
Vortex 6.5x32 Raptor
BluesKing from Western Suburbs of Chicago, Il.
I was looking for something light weight, low power with WFOV. After talking with a E.O. Sales staff, they suggested the Raptor. Since I needed something to use for dog walks in the woods and casual stargazing, the porro seemed right. The Raptor has really impressed me. I can't say enough about the enjoyable views and just how much I'm reaching for these day and night. Fantastic $$$ to quality value! Not to mention the great service behind Vortex. Way to go E.O.
Young Birders will LOVE these binoculars
Patsy from San Antonio TX
After a call to Eagle Optics for a recommendation on which binoculars to purchase for our Education Outreach programs to area school kids (mainly 4th grade and up), we ordered the Vortex Raptor 6.5 x 32 binoculars on a Wednesday afternoon. By Saturday afternoon they were on our doorstep!
My husband and I are thrilled with these binoculars, designed specifically with Young Birders in mind. The optics are sharp, the bins are lightweight, and the eyepieces and binocular body are just right for smaller faces and hands. However, any small adult beginning birder wanting a lightweight alternative would find them perfectly serviceable as well.
Thanks to Eagle Optics and to Vortex for providing exactly what we need to "grow" some young birders at a price we could afford for the program. After a year of use, we will send feedback on how well the Raptors stand up to field use by lots of eager hands.
Patsy, Treasurer and Education Outreach Committee San Antonio Audubon Society