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Vortex Raptor 8.5x32 Binocular

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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.

Optical Features
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
BaK-4 Prisms Optimize light transmission.
Construction Features
Porro Prisms Generally offer a rich depth of field, wide field of view, and three-dimensional image.
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Adjustable Eyecups 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.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Magnification 8.5x
Objective Lens Diameter 32 mm
Field of View 390 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 14 mm
Close Focus 15 feet
Weight 17.3 ounces
Dimensions (HxW) 4.5 x 5.7 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Neck strap
  • Case

Total Reviews: 2

Average Rating:

Vortex Raptor 8.5x32 - 12/31/2011

by john from Ashland Oregon

Initial impressions are somewhat mixed. After using them for the day in the hills and then comparing them to my other binoculars and considering price point. I'd say these are serviceable binoculars. The pros for me are their crisp and clear views. I was impressed. Not too much softness at the edges. The case and neck strap were surprisingly nice. The body and holding were adequate.

The cons are a very stiff focus nob. It was in the mid thirties and it was almost too difficult to focus with cold hands and really you cannot do it quickly and so miss some of the action. You really need two fingers of both hands to focus these somewhat easily. Well... it was never easy. Luckily they made the focus nob extra large. The other thing in comparing them to my other binocs is the somewhat washed out colors these binocs offer.

All in all they are decent but far from exceptional for the money. I'll keep them in the car or by the window but they likely won't make it outdoors with me.

Great mid-sized porro! - 06/08/2010

by E. Decker from United States

I have been in the market for a mid-sized porro-prism for a few months. There aren't many models in the 8x30 range made today. I tried out the Leupold Yosemite 8x30 porro and the Celestron Nature 8x30 porro. I found both models unsatisfactory. I bought the 3rd model I tried- the Vortex Raptor 8.5x32. I am extremely happy with them- they are lightweight, have great optics and I love the feel of holding porros. The focusing knob is stiffer than my 8x32 Eagle Optic Ranger roofs, but the stiffness is in the acceptable range for me and perhaps will loosen in time.