The Razor HD far exceeds performance expectations and earns high praise in the field. You are sure to appreciate the Vortex HD system with a sophisticated triplet apochromatic lens system that incorporates precisely ground HD optical glass to enhance image resolution and eliminate virtually all chromatic aberration. That means you get an amazing distortion-free view with impressive edge-to-edge sharpness. The Razor's tough magnesium alloy body is lightweight, the optics are waterproof and fogproof, and the Vortex VIP warranty will keep the Vortex Razor in the field for generations.
|High-density (HD) Glass
||Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
|Fully Multi-coated Lenses
||Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Broadband lens coatings.
||Optimize light transmission through the prisms.
||Offer maximum image quality and durability in a traditional design.
|Angled Body Design
||Is favored by users of different heights for viewing without adjusting the tripod height as frequently. The angled design works well when viewing at an upward angle.
||Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
||Allows for precision with coarse and fine adjustments.
||Rolls up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
||Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the spotting scope.
||Barrel is filled with argon gas to inhibit internal fogging.
|ArmorTek Lens Coating
||Repels oils on outer glass surfaces.
Light spotting scope
Richard P. from San Francisco
I recently bought this scope to combine with Gitzo tripod and head in order to have a light, portable combination for travel and bird watching. Together they work very well. While the scope is not of the very highest quality, it is excellent for the price and weight. Light falls off fast as expected, but it is easy to use and, importantly, to carry. So if the limitations are understood, this is really an excellent scope for its purposes.
needs fixed wide angle ocular
Alan B from Fresno CA
This is a fine little scope, which likely would be better suited, as discussed in the first review, to be equipped a 24X, wider angle fixed power eyepiece, field around 3.0 degrees and also better eye relief. E.R. of the current zoom ocular suffers as one goes above about 22X. I suspect that the native focal length of this triplet scope is about 264 mm, i.e. F-ratio 5.28, so an 11 mm ocular would be about right. As the eyepiece is screw-in, not fixed, I'm hopeful that Vortex might offer that as an option. With that caveat, important particularly for eyeglass wearers, this is a fine scope. Do see the more detailed review in the January 2014 Birdwatching Digest, which ranks this scope as the best of the "travel scopes."
good scope, mediocre eyepiece
jsf from sausalito
I've owned this scope, purchased from Eagle Optics, for two months now. Coupled with a Promaster T325P carbon-fiber tripod, it weighs almost nothing, although one must beware on gusty days because this combination will blow over if unattended.
My biggest complaint is that the eye relief is nowhere near the 20mm advertised. I contacted Vortex about this, and they confirmed that although the factory specs said "20mm," one of their technicians measured it and it was nowhere close to that large. They said they'd fix the web site about this, but that was over a month ago and they still have not done so. Vortex offered to purchase the scope back from me, but I'd ordered it for a specific expedition and didn't have time to go purchase an alternative scope for that specific need.
My other complaint is that there's no fixed eyepiece available, and the eyepieces from the other two Razor HD scopes won't fit this one. Vortex is investigating building one, or so I was told by a factory rep. This scope, coupled with something around a 23x fixed eyepiece, would be amazing.
I found the scope difficult to aim, especially at first, but was able to compensate by building a simple sight with a nylon cable tie. You can find instructions for doing this online.
The case that comes with the scope is garbage. I'd love to have a tight-fitting neoprene case, but I don't see that in this scope's future.
So, this is a good scope for lightweight use in standard daylight. With a quality fixed eyepiece it would be a great optic. It is not ideal for eyeglass wearers, or for use at dusk and dawn. It's a great second scope for those times when you don't want to lug a full-sized scope around. Given these limitations, it's a fairly nice optic, even for someone like me who uses Zeiss Victory binoculars, et cetera.
Shame on Vortex for false advertising about the eye relief. They really need to correct this on their website.