Save money without sacrificing performance when you choose the Vortex Viper spotting scope. With rubber armoring, a magnesium alloy body, waterproofing, and Argon gas purging for superior fogproofing, the Viper is built to withstand the toughest elements. The extra-low dispersion (XD) glass adds resolution and color fidelity to the sharp, crisp images and the Vortex XR anti-reflective coatings maximize light transmission for superior brightness. The external design provides all the necessities and then some with a Picatinny Accessory Rail for easy attachment of red dot type sights. Protected by the Vortex VIP warranty, the Viper scope is certain to perform for generations.
Extra-low Dispersion (XD) Glass
Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
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.
Allows for precision with coarse and fine adjustments.
Magnesium Alloy Body
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Twists up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Reduces glare and shields the objective lens from raindrops.
Rotating Tripod Ring
Allows greater flexibility when positioning the spotting scope.
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.
A nice low-frills scope. Lacks almost all advanced features, but is light, has a good lens, and is well constructed. I have other scopes, and this one reminds me far more of the old EagleOptics Raven than it does my 85mm HD Razor. But, a HD Razor cost 4 times this one, and weighs in at nearly 2 pounds more. This one will go where the wild things are, and the Razor will stay close to the truck and wow the guests. One thing counts against it. The neoprene scope cover is hideous, is hard to get on, and makes it impossible to use the sunshade, and very difficult to access the fine and course adjusting nobs and the zoom wheel on the lens. I got it on, but am buying a zip cover, probably the one for a 66mm Kowa.
Good scope at low Mag.
Vince from Oregon
I reviewed this before after just using it at a show. Finally bought one. I probably did not zoom in much at the show.
At low power 15-25X this is a great scope. At higher powers it begins to suffer. It is still sharp but the image takes on a blue-ish cast. Also, the eye relief drops off. I know many zoom scopes have these same problems but I'm sure more expensive scopes do better.
The scope is very nicely made and the accessories are nice. For the price it is still a good scope.
If you tend to use mostly lower magnifications this may be a good scope for you. If you really need the higher magnification often then maybe try something else.
I wonder how this scope would do with a fixed mag eyepiece at the higher powers.
I recently purchased a Vortex Viper 15-45x65 Spotting Scope from Eagle Optics. I purchased the product based on my price range and the online reviews. I use the scope for birdwatching.
From the first view until the present I've been very impressed with the clarity of the view. The view is crisp and details and coloration accurate throughout the range of the zoom lens. The view darkens as the magnification increases but is still very usable at the higher powers.
My only concern for the product to date is the main focusing knob often has to be turned excessively to achieve focus. The focusing capability overall is excellent including the fine focus knob.
I'm very pleased with the scope and feel like I got a great deal for the money. I'm a serious birder and this scope more than meets my needs for a lot less money than the "higher priced" ones.
This scope is well built and should hold up to heavy use.
I readily recommend this scope to any birdwatchers who want a quality scope without having to get a 2nd job to pay for it!
As always, Eagle Optics service and delivery were top notch!
John from Humbodlt County, CA
I am not a spotting scope expert. Used an old Bushnell Spacemaster for years before this purchase. This is a lightweight leap forward that seems to me a very good value.
Optically, I find the images of a high quality from 15 to 45X. Dual focus works well. Eye relief is a little less than perfect with my glasses on. To install the protective case, the eyepiece must be removed; and then, it's still a struggle. Once it's installed, turn the collar down (inside) at the eyepiece end so that it doesn't contact the zoom adjuster.
I am enjoying this scope. You can't beat the warranty.
Wow, nice scope
Vince from Oregon
I only tried this at our sportsman's show but since there are no other reviews I'll post mine. WOW! -end of review
OK, a little more detail. This is a nice, nice scope. I have no idea why anyone would spend more. I have some very expensive binoculars - Swaro, Nikon, etc.. It must be the brightness that makes it seem beyond sharp. Even at full zoom 45x, sharp bright and clear. Flawless!
It has a huge eyepiece, smooth dual speed focus and a nice neoprene jacket. I'm done shopping.