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Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope

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Product Highlights

  • Angled Viewing
  • 20-60x Wide Angle Zoom Eyepiece
  • HD Glass
  • Waterproof
  • Fogproof
  • 45-69° Apparent Field of View
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Made to the absolute highest standard and fully intending to compete directly with the costliest European brands, the Vortex Optics Razor HD Spotting Scope delivers the pinnacle of sport optic performance available today.  Vortex as a company is truly dedicated to the passions of the birdwatcher, hunter, and nature conservationist-which can make you feel even better about your selection.

The Razor HD starts off with an apochromatic triplet objective lens system, which aims to precisely align its renderings of all colors exactly within a single point.  Employing extra-low dispersion glass within the objective, the apochromatic performance advantage is especially notable when you're sighting darker subjects cast in front of washed-out, bright backgrounds.  This scenario occurs all the time when birdwatching and observing wildlife.  Edges are crisp, and highlights well controlled.

Beyond optical brilliance, the Razor HD's functionality is beyond reproach.  The included zoom eyepiece yields 20-60x magnification with an impressive apparent field of view at higher powers.  Dual-ratio focusing, favored on many of the best, gets you roughly where you want in a jiffy and allows especially-refined fine tuning capacity. The body's magnesium alloy construction, ArmorTek water and oil repelling coatings, and argon purging keep it fully operational in all conditions for years to come.

The Razor HD makes for a great digiscoping base, and is backed by a direct, unconditional warranty: if it breaks or if you break it, they'll fix it, and if you should sell your scope secondhand they'll do the same for the new owner.  There is no time limit on this promise.

Apochromatic triplet refractor optical design with costly XD (Xtra-low Dispersion) glass objective lens elements particularly enhances edge resolution and alignment/fidelity of colors
Vortex's XR coatings enhance light transmission across the entire visible spectrum
"ArmorTek" external oil and water repellent coatings upon eyepiece and objective
Argon gas purging for superior weather imperviousness, lifespan, and resistance to internal fogging
Dual-ratio coarse and fine focusing system for combined speed and control advantages
Rotating tripod collar with detented click stops
Retractable lenshood
Extreme temperature operating range
Optional dedicated digiscoping adapter & 30x wide angle viewer
Balance point under prism enhances stability when used upon tables, beanbags, etc.
Magnification 20-60x
Objective Lens Diameter 3.3" (85mm)
Angle of View 20x:  2.2°
60x:  1.1°
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 20x:  117' (39 m @ 1000 m)
60x:   60' (20 m @ 1000 m)
Minimum Focus Distance 16.4' (5.0 m)
Exit Pupil Diameter 20x:   4.2mm
60x:  1.4mm
Eye Relief 18mm
Relative Brightness 20x:  18.1
60x:   2.0
Twilight Factor 20x:  41.2
60x:  71.4
Weatherproofing Waterproof & fogproof
Dimensions 15.3" (389mm) in Length
Weight 4.11 lbs (1865g)
Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope
  • Spotting Scope Case
  • Push-On Objective Cap
  • Rear Bayonet Scope Cap
  • Push-On Eyepiece Cap
  • Bottom Bayonet Eyepiece Cap
  • Unconditional & Transferable Lifetime Warranty

  • Included Free

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    VortexRazor HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope
     
    4.9

    (based on 24 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good value (11)
    • Accurate (7)
    • Bright eyepiece (7)
    • Clear lenses (7)
    • Easy to install / use (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors (8)
    • Birding (6)
    • Bird watching (4)
    • Hunting (4)
    • Low visibility (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (7), Casual/ recreational (6), Avid adventurer (4), Beginner (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    I am completely delighted

    By Don

    from Minnesota

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear lenses
    • Good in any weather
    • Good value

    Cons

    • Heavy / Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors
    • Shooting Competitons
    • Shooting Ranges
    • Target Practice

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

    I've enjoyed photography for 60 years. I really appreciate fine optics. I decided to spring for an alpha-class scope. I'm thrilled with my Razor Vortex. Images are amazingly bright, clear and sharp throughout the 20-60 range of magnifications. It is as sharp at 60x as it is at 20x. I can very easily discern the 1/32" graduations on a tape measure from a distance of 50 yards. My intended use will be -- spying! I'll use it on the deck of my lake cabin to clandestinely see what distant tournament fishermen on my lake are using for lures.

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    5.0

    Excellent scope and value

    By Paterfelis

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Clear lenses
    • Easy to install / use
    • Good Carrying Case
    • Good value

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Just returned from a two week trip to Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Bought the scope for this and birding use in the future. First time I looked throu the scope I was amazed. The image was much brighter than through my Nikon 600 f/4 lens with a TC at approximately the same magnification. We used the scope to watch mountain goats in both Glacier and Yellowstone and to watch wolves and bears in Yellowstone. The images were bright and clear. There were several Swarovski scopes around and I did get a chance to look at the same scenes through two of them. One was a bit brighter and clearer, the other, looking at two eagles about 1500 yds away, the Vortex was a better image. I am telling friends this was the best purchase I made prior to this trip. Excellent optics, exceptional value. B&H service was exceptional as always.

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        5.0

        Razor Sharp!

        By Bushdog

        from Yorba Linda, CA

        About Me Birder, Wildlife Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Adjustable
        • Clear lenses
        • Easy to install / use
        • Good in any weather
        • Good value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Birding

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

          Scope is used primarily for birding and exceeded my expectations! It makes identifying a specific breed of bird much easier.

          I shopped around and B&H prices were by far the best and my salesperson was extremely helpful answering some last minute questions. I received the scope in three or four days, by the way, thanks for the FREE shipping.

          I couldn't be happier with my purchase and highly recommend the HD Razor Spotting Scope!

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          5.0

          Really nice scope

          By Kaylee

          from Utah

          About Me Hunter

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hunting

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

            Bought this scope for my husband. He loves it. :) haven't found anything to complain about yet!

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            5.0

            All You Hear is True...

            By VT Blue

            from Green Mountains

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Adjustable
            • Clear lenses
            • Easy to install / use
            • Good value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors
              • Shooting Ranges

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

              Just unpacked my Vortex and then took it to Maine for about a week. We were all amazed at the clarity and available light/bright view, even when the fog was rolling in. The images are tack sharp all the way out to the edges, making our viewing of a bald eagle each day, and a distant light house several miles away a treat. I bought this to use at the range but am delighted at its capabilities. The last plus? Price. I had been looking for a range scope for nine months or so, but couldn't bring myself to pay the numbers for some of the "nicer" scopes. So glad I went the route I did.
              The only caveat: be sure to get a decent tripod...read the reviews carefully.

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              5.0

              100 % happy with the razor hd 20-60x85

              By kev the hunter

              from victoria,aus

              About Me Hunter

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Clear lenses
              • Easy to install / use
              • Good in any weather
              • Good value

              Cons

              • Heavy / Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Hunting
              • Outdoors
              • Shooting Ranges
              • Target Practice

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

              hi guys i brought the razor hd 20-60x85 from b&h photo video pro audio, first of all great company to do business with, i will be buying from them in the future. The razor hd spotting scope is unbelievable for its price, great image right upto 60 powered, ive had no trouble with it, so i cant wait to take it out on hunt in australia. incredible the image quality when viewing at sheep, cattle, buildings, etc at over 2 plus kilometres. will be buying more from vortex in the future.

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              4.0

              Great buy difficult to obtain in Oz

              By lathimaro

              from Australia

              About Me Beginner, Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Adjustable
              • Clear lenses
              • Good value

              Cons

              • Lens Cap Hard To Remove
              • Lens Cap Hard To Replace

              Best Uses

              • Birding
              • Outdoors

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

              I bought this for birding and digiscoping. I've had it a very short time so this is my first hands-on opinion. This is a hefty piece of gear and looks like it could handle the rough stuff reasonably well.I hope I never have to backup that statement. Connecting the eye-piece was a little nerve racking as it is a very tight fit which required some effort. I guess it's not something your would constantly remove and re-fit. Likewise, the object-lens cover required some effort to remove and in fact, I haven't been able to replace it. There must be a trick to it. Images are sharp and I can't wait to photograph through it which I hear is another art-form.
              That's it for now. I will update this review after I've used it some more. I'm happy with purchase and recommend the Vortex Razor HD for those considering the purchase of a spotting scopoe

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              5.0

              Great Service

              By Sailing

              from Curtice, OH

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors

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

                  Great Service, Arrived in excellent condition. Instruction by salesman was very informative

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                    5.0

                    Holds its own against the Big Boys

                    By Cape Cod Snowbird

                    from South Florida / Cape Cod

                    About Me Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Clear lenses
                    • Good in any weather
                    • Good value
                    • Up There With The Best

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Birding

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

                      Short and sweet... I am a birder. I winter in South Florida where the nature areas are beyond compare.

                      Having birded for the last 10 years or so, I thought that it might be time to upgrade my binoculars. But after going to some of the areas in Florida where a scope would definitely have helped, I decided to jump into the scope arena and defer the bins.

                      I tried purchasing this scope on the well known online auction website without success and finally decided to go with B&H, from whom I've purchased other photography stuff. And am I glad I did!

                      This scope is pretty darn close to the Swarovskis and Kowas that some of my friends use (if not slightly better in some regards) -- for roughly half the cost. I was so pleased with this scope that I went back to that well known online auction website and purchased a pair of Vortex Razor HD 10x42 bins. Even though these two purchases are going to send me to the poor house.

                      At least I'll go a happy man!

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                      4.0

                      Great clarity!

                      By Buff McCloud

                      from Watertown, MA

                      About Me Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Easy to install / use
                      • Good value

                      Cons

                      • Heavy / Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoors

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

                      This scope has great clarity and is very easy to use. Downsides I would say are the eyepiece is a bit tough to get in and out and it would be nice if the lens caps had teathers. Its not light but I have no problem managing it.

                      Very satisfied and would recommend it.

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                      5.0

                      Love the Razor

                      By RonaA

                      from Pflugerville, TX

                      About Me Beginner, Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Adjustable
                      • Easy to install / use
                      • Good value

                      Cons

                      • Heavy / Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoors

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

                      We have only used it once, so far. It was great. Could see great distances and the picture is clear!
                      Great for birding.

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                      5.0

                      Great Scope/Great Price!

                      By Iron Giant

                      from Walnut Creek, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to install / use
                      • Good value
                      • Great Optics
                      • Warranty

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bird Watching
                        • Digiscoping
                        • Outdoors

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

                        5 Stars for Value, 4.5 for performance. Not quite as bright as the Leica or Kona, but awfully good given the $$ differential. I've been using the scope mostly for bird watching/digiscoping and the results have been excellent using my iPhone setup. The macro/micro focus rings are easy to use, and the included case is highly functional as well. Can't beat the warranty!

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                        5.0

                        An Incredible Value

                        By Spoffo

                        from San Rafael, CA

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright Eyepiece

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I already own a Zeiss 85mm Diascope, also with a 20-60x eyepiece, so I was able to compare the Razor and the Zeiss side-by-side. My conclusion: the Razer is AT LEAST as good as the Zeiss . . . actually an ooch better.

                            Resolution: essentially equal. One or the other might be infinitesimally better at various zoom levels, but nothing consistent.
                            Distortion: no geometric or chromatic distortion I could see in either.
                            Brightness and color: The Razor is definitely a bit brighter and the colors pop more. Not a giant difference, but the Razor has the edge.
                            Mechanical: They are physically almost identical, and appear very well-built. The focussing and zoom feel just as smooth and precise on the Razor as the Zeiss.

                            If you are hesitating over the low price (literally half the price of a Swarovski when you include the eyepiece) or the fact that you've never heard of Vortex, hesitate no more. This is the real thing.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Buy for the Money

                            By Coconut

                            from South Florida

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bright Eyepiece
                            • Strong Magnification

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy

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

                            This spotting scope fills a void between low priced and high priced scopes at a price point where there is little competition. This scope easily competes with the high price scopes at a cost far below what they cost. This scope does an excellent job in all light levels and is sharp and clear as could be. Highly recommended.

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                            5.0

                            Brilliant product; excellent support

                            By M

                            from The North (Canada)

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Beautiful product
                            • Bright Eyepiece
                            • Construction Quality
                            • Customer service
                            • Excellent design
                            • Image quality outstanding
                            • Sensitivity Controls

                            Cons

                            • Carry case only okay

                            Best Uses

                            • Long range shooting
                            • Wildlife observation

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

                            I purchased this recently after a very extensive research (I have been looking for basically over a year as I worked myself up to spending this much money), which included field use of several competing scopes (Swarowski, Leica, Nikon and other Vortex models). Ultimately I think that, unless you simply don't care about the money, this scope is by far the best value, as well as optical quality that is as good as all but the very best scopes (which in my view are the top of the line Swarowski, Nikon and Leica scopes, maybe also the Zeiss 85mm).

                            - Beautiful product - if aesthetics matter to you this scope has real presence.
                            - Image is fantastic. Having compared side-by-side with top of the line Swarowski (in full light and low light conditions), I would say that at most this scope is 10 percent less sharp/clear than the Swarowski at the extreme zoom range. Others who made the comparison with me saw no difference, or preferred the Vortex. I would suggest similar metrics vis-a-vis some of the other scopes I looked at from Nikon and Leica. This suggests very high optics quality and, except perhaps for those parties looking for professional photography applications, you probably won't notice the difference. Given immense price gap, and the superior warranty, the Vortex is an easy sell. The only other group who may benefit from the very expensive marginal increase in utility are people who may have impaired vision or poor eyesight generally (I found, for example, that my friend's elderly father did benefit from the marginal extra clarity provided from the Swarowski). So the image is good. Very good. But is it the best I have seen? No it is not. However, it is still fantastic and the marginal benefit is not worth the extreme cost and lack of similar warranty that other competitors provide. This scope easily competes with the $3000+ scopes, and all but the most picky ought to be very much impressed.
                            - Very robust construction. My main uses for this product are long range target shooting (500m+) and deep field wildlife observation (viewing animals in the Canadian back country). The provided carrying bag and the solid construction leave me confident lugging this around in the field.
                            - For those looking to use this in the deep field, however, it is BIG and heavy. Not something to be added to your backpacking or hunting packs lightly. Also, I do not find the angled construction to be as convenient for glassing as the strait tube - as my main purpose is target shooting and observation this is not an issue for me as the angled scope is preferred for those applications, but if you are using this as a glassing piece for hunting or for bird watching, I would recommend the straight tube (or, frankly, a good set of binoculars with which I find it easier to acquire, analyze and track game and other animals).
                            - Eyepiece is very comfortable and provides good eye relief. The turning resistance is exactly right—won't turn on its own or with inadvertent touching, but is easy to turn.
                            - Carrying case is quite good, but not perfect. It would have been nice to see a little more room on the lower zipper (that covers the tripod foot) to more easily accommodate a screw-on proprietary tripod foot (you'll probably want to take this off your preferred tripod and just leave it on the scope for easy mounting). I leave a tripod quick release plate attached (screwed to the foot on the Vortex), but it makes operating the zipper a little bit tight. Additionally, would have added a few small pouches to the case for storing cleaning clothes, solution, and the aiming sight when it is not on the scope. But these are minor detriments.
                            - Focus knobs are perfect. Very useful and much less frustrating than some of the knobs on other spotting scopes.
                            - Delivery box was well padded and nicely presented.
                            - Will be looking to get the camera adapters, but have not had the opportunity to do this yet.
                            - Sunshade is excellent.
                            - My package was missing the aiming sight--I called B&H. They offered to either exchange my product or have the manufacturer send me the part (either way at no cost to me). I chose the latter as I didn't want to let go of the scope during the exchange period. Spoke to Vortex (30 second wait time on hold) and they are mailing me the part free of charge (all the way to Canada). Kudos to both B&H and Vortex for standing behind the products they sell and manufacture, respectively. Note that due to this I was not able to review the accuracy or effectiveness of the aiming sight.
                            - As I use this in the field I have paired it with a large but cheap ($40) tripod. Regardless of what quality of tripod you will be using this on, do not pair the product with a light-weight compact size tripod. This is a large piece of equipment and anything other than a large tripod will not serve you well. I would like to get a nice Vortex tripod in the future to accompany this, but given financial constraints (I just spent all my money on the scope!) I picked-up a very big but cheap tripod which works well.

                            Hope this review can be of some use.

                            Happy glassing.

                            M

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                            5.0

                            Nice Spotting Scope for wildlife.

                            By Robby

                            from Deland Florida

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear

                            Cons

                            • Front optics cover

                            Best Uses

                            • Archery
                            • Astronomy
                            • wildlife viewing

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

                            Clear Brilliant image, great for viewing wildlife and spotting arrows for archery. Comes with a fitted cover that fits snugly.

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                            5.0

                            Everything I hoped for

                            By Sealwatcher

                            from Cape Cod

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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                            Pros

                            • Strong Magnification

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                Needed a really high-powered high-quality scope to watch the birds, seals, beach & boating activity from our new ocean-front home. This hit the mark. Did lots of research on web & with friends -- other 3 contenders were twice as expensive, but without appreciable benefit for a 1st time user. Razor has been terrific - great viewing & easy to use. Also got Vortex camera attachments & Ridgeview tripod. Happy with all. Highly recommended.

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                                5.0

                                Razor is really good

                                By Willy

                                from Douglasville, GA

                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Bright Eyepiece
                                • Strong Magnification

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Birding
                                  • Digiscoping

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

                                  Birding and other local wildlife. Replacing a cheap other brand scope and wanted one that can work well in digiscoping. After long and extensive research the Razor came out on top. The eye relief is better than many of the 'top names' and seems just as bright. So far all of the DSLR's I have tried work well with the adapters from Vortex. I still need alot of practice as I get more bird back ends or empty branches than anything - but they seem sharp. I tried on old P&S and it even seemed to work well if the light is bright enough.

                                  A eyepiece specifically designed for digiscoping would really fill out the package.

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                                  5.0

                                  Really glad I bought it

                                  By BirdManOfCT

                                  from Manchester, CT

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Case included
                                  • Edge-to-edge clarity
                                  • Good eye-relief
                                  • Low-light clarity

                                  Cons

                                  • Case could be improved

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Birding
                                  • Low Visibility

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

                                  After reading all of the positive reviews on this scope, I was hopeful. The scope has met my expectations.

                                  The scope is easy to use. The dual-focus is nice, but I use the fine focus almost exclusively, probably because I tend to use it for a particular range for spotting birds.

                                  The optics are great. I'd heard about the edge-to-edge clarity and it was true. I focused on a nestling Red-Tailed Hawk that was on the ledge of a building in NYC. I had the field of view set to the ledge walls on each side. As the hawk jump-flapped back and forth, she was in sharp detail the whole time. Made the purchase worthwhile.

                                  The eye relief is good for an eyeglass wearer like me. I did lose a little bit of the edges, but when spotting that was less important than when glassing with binoculars.

                                  The case is free, so it's hard to knock it, but it's the only thing I really had any problems with. The (thin width) strap might have been okay, but because of the position of the hooks, the weight kept pulling it off my shoulder. With the quick-release on, I couldn't close the zipper easily, so I had to leave the bottom zipper (for tripod) unzipped. Similarly, when I had the digiscoping adapter on, it was hard to zip closed. I'd pay a little more for a nicer case, and would buy it if sold separately, but it's still a nice case.

                                  The weight is fine and putting it on and taking it off the tripod were fine.

                                  I wish the tripod adapter had the quick-release format already built in. When using a screw-on QR, it would sometimes twist a little, which gets magnified 20-60x of course. I'm sure that's part of keeping the cost down, but I'd pay a little more for that.

                                  Yes, like many people have reported, the front lens cover is harder to take off and put on, but I'd rather have that than like some of my binoculars where I've thrown away caps because they didn't stay on. I use string to tie the caps to the connector on the rangefinder.

                                  Speaking of the rangefinder, when using the digiscoping adapter, you might as well take it off as many do. It's not required, because the adapter will fit, but the adapter pressed on the rangefinder and threw off its alignment, making it unuseful. Otherwise, the adapter worked well with my DLSR.

                                  The large 85mm lens does make a difference. Some have noted the help in low-light conditions like dawn and dusk, but I don't encounter those much. However, when looking at birds in shadows or on cloudy days, the extra light-gathering ability makes the feather detail stand out.

                                  Of course, a tripod is a must. Use the savings to get a nice one!

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                                  5.0

                                  The Razor is Terrific

                                  By [*]

                                  from Wenatchee Valley

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Bright Eyepiece
                                  • Eye relief
                                  • Sensitivity Controls
                                  • Strong Magnification

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Bird Watching

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

                                    The first great thing I noticed with the Razor was that I didn't have to remove my eyeglasses while using the scope at ANY magnification level. Also, the big lens provides as bright an image as any other higher priced scope that I've seen.

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                                    Attaches to lenses with 30mm, 37mm, 43mm, 52mm, 55mm, and 58mm (designed for use with 65 and 85 mm Razor HD

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