Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

BH #VO2060X85A • MFR #V502
Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)
Key Features
  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 85mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric-Coated Porro Prism
An ideal companion for long-range shooters and hunters, the angled viewing Vortex Optics Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope delivers bright and sharp high-contrast images with true-to-life color and crisp clarity at all magnifications, even in low or challenging light conditions.
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Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Performance
  • 3Use and Handling
  • 4Construction Details

An ideal companion for long-range shooters and hunters, the angled viewing Vortex Optics Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope delivers bright and sharp high-contrast images with true-to-life color and crisp clarity at all magnifications, even in low or challenging light conditions.

Image quality is enhanced through the use of anti-reflection fully multi-coated high-density (HD) extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements in the lens system and highly reflective dielectric and phase-correcting coatings on the porro prism system. These optical features work together to maximize light transmission, increase color fidelity and contrast, and improve clarity and resolution throughout the entire zoom range. The large 85mm objective boosts the spotter's light-gathering capabilities to keep views bright and clear in even the most challenging light conditions and when the zoom is dialed up to the maximum and the subjects are at extreme distances.

The large focus collar is easy to manipulate in cold and wet weather, and the the helical focusing system brings subjects into tack-sharp resolution without rotating the lens elements—maintaining precise optical alignment through the entire zoom and focus ranges. For maximum viewing comfort, the eyepiece is set at a 45° angle to the body and the tripod mount collar allows the body to rotate. Taken together, these two features enable the user to precisely place the eyepiece in the most comfortable position that requires the least amount of head movement, whether they are sitting, standing, or lying prone.

Complementing the optical performance are construction details that will protect the spotter for years. The chassis is made of a lightweight and durable magnesium alloy that is wrapped in a protective rubber armor. The optical tube is argon filled and O-ring sealed to be waterproof and resistant to internal fogging when moving through extreme changes in temperature and environmental conditions. A retractable sunshade prevents lens flare that can spook game and keeps rain and snow off the objective to ensure clear views in less-than-ideal weather. Vortex includes a custom-made stay-on/view-through nylon case that makes setup and breakdown on a tripod fast and easy, while adding another layer of protection and providing the ability to react quickly when opportunities present themselves.

Optical Performance
  • Powerful 20-60x zoom range is ideal for extreme long-range use and big-game hunting
  • Oversized 85mm objective is optimized for low-light conditions and to ensure views remain bright when viewing distant subjects at high magnification
  • Traditional Porro prism light path produces clear and bright views without internal light interference
  • Dielectric prism coatings boost surface reflectivity to greater than 99% for maximum light transmission through the prism, with minimal loss and diffraction
  • High-density (HD) extra-low dispersion (ED) glass lens elements reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations for increased contrast and improved color rendition and sharpness without distortion across the entire field of view
  • Proprietary XR anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics increase light transmission for accurate color fidelity and improved contrast and clarity
  • ArmorTek exterior lens coatings resist scratches and abrasions while allowing oil, dirt, and sap to be cleaned off without leaving smudges or residue
  • 101-50' field of view at 1000 yd
Use and Handling
  • Eyepiece set at 45° to scope body for easier and more comfortable viewing when sitting, standing, or lying prone, and allows a lower tripod height for improved stability
  • Helical focusing mechanism focuses smoothly and quickly without rotating lens elements to maintain optical alignment for tack-sharp views
  • Large slip-resistant focusing collar is easy to manipulate in cold and wet weather or while wearing gloves
  • Twist-up rubber eyecup for comfortable use with or without eyewear
  • Standard 1/4"-20 mount is compatible with a wide variety of quick release (QR) plates, heads, and photo/video/field tripods; mounting shoe is compatible with select QR plates for faster mounting and removal
  • Rotating tripod collar allows user to precisely adjust the eyepiece position relative to tripod head
  • Long 19.6-17.8 eye relief allows for more comfortable viewing with reduced eyestrain at all magnifications, especially during long-duration glassing sessions
  • Wide 4.25mm exit pupil at 20x will cover most pupils as they open and dilate in low light to keep the whole scene in view without vignetting
Construction Details
  • Lightweight and durable magnesium-alloy chassis reduces overall weight without sacrificing strength
  • Protective rubber armoring provides a slip-resistant grip for more secure handling during setup and breakdown
  • Argon filled and O-ring sealed to be waterproof and resistant to internal fogging when moving through extreme changes in temperature and environmental conditions
  • Retractable sunshade prevents lens flare that can spook game, reduces glare to maintain contrast and clarity in the view, and keeps rain or snow off of the lens for clearer views in inclement weather
  • Nylon stay-on/view-through carrying case protects the spotting scope during transport and storage and allows for faster and safer setup and breakdown
UPC: 875874002029

Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Specs

Key Specs
Viewing Angle
Angled
Magnification
20 to 60x
Objective Lens Diameter
85 mm
Field of View
20x: 101.0' @ 1000 yd / 34.0 m @ 1000 m
60x: 50.0' @ 1000 yd / 17.0 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance
36.0' / 12.0 m
Exit Pupil Diameter
20x: 4.25 mm
60x: 1.4 mm
Eye Relief
19.6 to 17.8 mm
Design
Viewing Angle
Angled
Performance
Magnification
20 to 60x
Objective Lens Diameter
85 mm
Field of View
20x: 101.0' @ 1000 yd / 34.0 m @ 1000 m
60x: 50.0' @ 1000 yd / 17.0 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance
36.0' / 12.0 m
Exit Pupil Diameter
20x: 4.25 mm
60x: 1.4 mm
Eye Relief
19.6 to 17.8 mm
Features
Fogproof
Yes, Argon Filled
Environmental Protection
Water-Resistant (Unrated) 
General
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions
L: 17.5" / L: 44.5 cm
Weight
4.8 lb / 2.2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
7.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
19.1 x 8.2 x 6.8"

Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Reviews

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Does anyone make either nd it polarizer 85mm ...

Does anyone make either nd it polarizer 85mm filters to fit the objective on the vortex spotting scope?
Asked by: Douglas
Unfortunately this Scope does not accept threaded Filters on the Objective. My apologies.
Answered by: Alex S
Date published: 2020-12-22

Would the Viper HD 20-60X85 Spotting Scope be a ...

Would the Viper HD 20-60X85 Spotting Scope be a suitable general purpose telescope for use from the porch of a mountain house?
Asked by: Ernie
Yes the Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing) can be used to view from a porch.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2023-06-06

Can the Vortex 20x60x 85 be connected to the ...

Can the Vortex 20x60x 85 be connected to the Canon.5d Mk IV? I have several canon and Sigma lenses.
Asked by: Stephen
The Novagrade Digiscoping Adapter for Canon DSLR Cameras (BH #NOUA00CA01) will allow you to connect your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera, directly to the eyepiece of the Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing).
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2023-02-08

Does this have a "fine focus" knob like the ...

Does this have a "fine focus" knob like the Diamonback model or does the focus mechanism on this one not need it?
Asked by: George
The fine focus knob is not needed. The helical focus does it all.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-03-23

For bird watching I saw this scope in Costa Rica. ...

For bird watching I saw this scope in Costa Rica. Really liked it. Is this one the one to get? Or any other recommendations?
Asked by: Peto
Had for several years. Good buy at a moderate price. Well-recommended for a budget purchase.
Answered by: Dwayne
Date published: 2021-07-04

Is the Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 manufactured in ...

Is the Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 manufactured in The People's Repubic of China?
Asked by: Kim
Country of origin for the Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing) BH #VO2060X85A • MFR #V502 is China.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2023-03-19

Should I velcro a laser pen (included with the ...

Should I velcro a laser pen (included with the order) to the hood to facilitate aiming? New to this...thanks!
Asked by: Tom
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Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2023-09-26

What do I need to attach my Fuji XT-5 to this ...

What do I need to attach my Fuji XT-5 to this please ?
Asked by: Tom
John (or whomnever) can you verify that this is the right stuff? Thanks for the info - it was clear but there's so much similar stuff I want to make sure. FotodioX Lens Mount Adapter for T-Mount T/T-2 Screw Mount SLR Lens to Fujifilm Fuji X-Series Mirrorless Camera Body FotodioX Lens Mount Adapter for T-Mount T/T-2 Screw Mount SLR Lens to... B&H #FOT2FXRF ' MFR #T2-FXRF $14.95 Novagrade T-Mount Digiscoping Adapter B&H #NOUA00T101 ' MFR #UA-00T1-01
Answered by: Tom
Date published: 2023-06-05
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