Vortex Viper HD 15-45x65 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)

BH #VO1545X65S • MFR #V501
Vortex Viper HD 15-45x65 Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)
Key Features
  • Straight-Through Viewing
  • 15-45x Zoom Eyepiece
  • Large 65mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric-Coated Porro Prism
An ideal companion for mid- to long-range shooters and hunters, the straight-through viewing Vortex Optics Viper HD 15-45x65 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 Overview

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

An ideal companion for mid- to long-range shooters and hunters, the straight-through viewing Vortex Optics Viper HD 15-45x65 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 65mm objective boosts the spotter's light-gathering capabilities to keep views bright and clear in even the most challenging light conditions and when observing subjects at extreme distances at the maximum magnification.

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. This version of the Viper HD is configured with the eyepiece set in-line with the optical tube for straight-through viewing to make acquiring subjects fast and tracking moving subjects easy.

Complementing the optical performance are construction details that will protect the spotter for years. The chassis is made of a lightweight and corrosion-resistant 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 fast when opportunities present themselves.

Optical Performance

  • Broad 15-45x fixed zoom eyepiece is ideal for mid- to long-range use
  • 65mm objective lens gathers the light required to use in challenging conditions and to ensure bright views when looking at distant subjects at high power
  • 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
  • 136.5-foot field of view at 1000 yards at 15x; 68-foot field of view at 45x

Use and Handling

  • Straight-though viewing eyepiece makes finding subjects fast and tracking moving targets easy
  • 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 19.6-17.8mm eye relief improves viewing comfort with reduced eyestrain
  • Comfortable 4.3mm exit pupil at 15x 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: 875874002418

Vortex Viper HD Specs

Design
Viewing AngleStraight
Performance
Magnification15 to 45x
Objective Lens Diameter65 mm
Field of View15x: 136.5' @ 1000 yd / 45.4 m @ 1000 m
45x: 67.8' @ 1000 yd / 22.6 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance23.0' / 7.0 m
Exit Pupil Diameter15x: 4.3 mm
45x: 1.4 mm
Eye Relief19.6 to 17.8 mm
Features
FogproofYes, Argon Filled
Water ResistanceWaterproof
General
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20
DimensionsL: 14.6" / L: 37.1 cm
Weight3.7 lb / 1.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.295 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.25 x 8.35 x 6.25"

Vortex Viper HD Reviews

Better than expected

By Ryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-07

On par with a scope that my friend has and he paid 3x as much

VIPER SPOTTER

By Kyle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-29

EXCELLENT VALUE

Awesome spotting scope

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-19

This was my first purchase from BHPhoto. They had the best price, a free tripod and free shipping. The items were well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. My previous spotting scope was the Redfield Rampage 20-60X60. The Vortex Viper HD 15-45X65 is better in every respect. The Viper has crystal clear images, even at 45 magnification, and is way easier to focus. I was able to see hits on steel at 500 yards and make out details on tree bark past the 500 yard target. The Vortex Pro bipod that came with the scope is really good too. I think this spotting scope is worth the money and am happy with the purchase. I use it for target shooting and am taking it to WY on an antelope hunt.

awesome scope

By Marcus
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-17

Love the scope it has great eye relief when wearing glasses. I mostly used it for birding rom the deck or at the range to check targets. But the best thing is the free tripod you get when ordered from B&H photo.

Quality scope

By Daryl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-01

My Vortex Viper scope is a good quality scope for the money. I watched a red tailed hawk in a field first at 15x and went up to 35x and the eyes of the hawk were clearly in focus the whole time.

Awesome Scope

By Dave
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-03

Our first impression was that it was too big.  I knew it was 5 pounds when I purchased it but I needed the specs it provides.  On the tripod it works beautifully and accomplishes exactly what I want. It is built extremely well and appears to me Vortex uses nothing but quality materials.  I would recommend this to anyone trying to see something 100 to 200 yards away.  Maybe further but it is perfect for that.

Good scope for the money

By Jeff
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-21

The price to value ratio on this scope make it hard not to like. its not a $2000+ spotting scope but you arent paying for that either. I would buy again for sure.

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