Vortex 8x42 Viper HD Binoculars (2018 Edition)

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Vortex 8x42 Viper HD Binoculars (2018 Edition)
Key Features
  • High-Density Extra-Low Dispersion Glass
  • Phase Corrected and Dielectric Coated
  • XR Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • Scratch-Resistant ArmorTek Lens Coating
This updated 2018 version of the Vortex Viper HD 8x42 Binoculars get upgraded with a wider field of view and longer eye relief from the previous iteration to make views more spacious and viewing through them easier and more comfortable.
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Vortex Viper HD 8x42 Overview

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

This updated 2018 version of the Vortex Viper HD 8x42 Binoculars get upgraded with a wider field of view and longer eye relief from the previous iteration to make views more spacious and viewing through them easier and more comfortable.

Optically, these binoculars benefit from proprietary XR anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics that maximize light transmission through the light path and improve contrast and color rendition across the entire visual spectrum. The compact roof prisms are dielectric coated. Phase-corrected coatings limit internal interference, light loss, and diffraction while maximizing light transmission through the prism system. These features work together to produce bright, sharp, and clear high-contrast views with accurate color fidelity and crisp resolution. The larger objective lenses boost the binoculars' light-gathering capabilities to draw in the available light and maintain bright images even when conditions are less than ideal, such as in the predawn and late dusk hours or when looking into dense brush or using under heavy cloud cover.

Complementing the optical performance are construction details that allow the Viper HD to withstand the rigors of the trail. The optical tubes are O-ring sealed and argon filled to be waterproof and resistant to internal fogging if the weather turns or they take an accidental spill in a stream or puddle. Protecting the optical components is a polycarbonate chassis that is lightweight and durable as well as resistant to the expansion and contraction that metal suffers from and which can lead to fuzzy views over time. Vortex includes a GlassPak binoculars harness case that protects the optic when not in use while keeping them close to your body, preventing swinging and swaying as you move or climb over rough and rocky terrain. Objective lens caps and a one-piece ocular rainguard protect the exterior lens surfaces. To keep the caps and rainguard safe during use, they are tethered to the body and strap, respectively.

Optical Performance
  • 8x power brings subjects in for observations without sacrificing field of view, eye relief, and exit pupil
  • 42mm objective lenses boost light-gathering capability versus smaller lenses for improved vision in challenging conditions such as at dawn and dusk
  • Compact roof prism light path ensures performance without adding excessive weight and bulk
  • Phase-correcting prism coatings eliminate internal interference to improve color and contrast
  • Dielectric prism coatings boost internal prism reflectivity to greater than 99% to maximize 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
  • Short 6.5-foot minimum focusing distance allows for extremely detailed observations of small birds, bugs, insects, flora, and fauna at close range
  • Wide 62° apparent angle of view provides a spacious field of view
  • Generous 409-foot field of view at 1000 yards
Use and Handling
  • Closed bridge configuration provides a solid platform for the internal focusing mechanism
  • Large slip-resistant center focus knob is easy to manipulate in cold and wet weather or while wearing gloves
  • Locking right eye dioptric correction lets you compensate for individual eye prescription for tack-sharp views
  • 56-75 mm interpupillary distance range allows easy viewing by a wide variety of users
  • Twist-up click-stop rubber eyecups for comfortable use with or without eyewear
  • Tripod mountable with an optional adapter for hands-free use to reduce vibration and arm fatigue
  • Long 18mm eye relief reduces eyestrain to make for more comfortable viewing, especially over extended periods
  • Wide 5.25mm exit pupil will completely cover pupils as they open and fully dilate in low light to ensure the whole scene remains in view without vignetting
Construction Details
  • Lightweight and impact-resistant polycarbonate chassis
  • Chassis material is temperature resistant, limiting the expansion and contraction that can occur with metal materials and which can cause the optical components to move out of alignment over time
  • Rubber armoring provides protection from bumps and impacts while offering a positive slip-resistant grip in cold and wet weather
  • O-ring sealed and argon filled to be waterproof and resistant to internal fogging when moving through extreme changes in temperature or environmental conditions
  • Tethered objective lens caps and one-piece ocular rainguard protect the lens surfaces without the fear of losing them when not in use
  • GlassPak binoculars harness holds the optic close to your body to keep it safe and secure without swinging or hanging when moving or climbing over rough terrain
UPC: 875874009066

Vortex Viper HD 8x42 Specs

Prism TypeRoof
Performance
Magnification8x
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Angle of View7.8° (Actual)
Field of View409' @ 1000 yd / 135.8 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance6.5' / 1.98 m
Exit Pupil Diameter5.25 mm
Eye Relief18 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment56 to 75 mm / 2.2 to 3"
Diopter AdjustmentYes
Focus TypeCenter
Features
FogproofYes, Argon Filled
Water ResistanceWaterproof
General
Dimensions5.6 x 4.9" / 14.22 x 12.45 cm
Weight24.5 oz / 694.6 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.05 x 9.05 x 4.7"

Vortex Viper HD 8x42 Reviews

Better than Diamondback

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-31

Initially bought these on Amazon and received them in a plastic bag that had been tossed around and damaged the binoculars. Sent them back and ordered from here and received them packaged correctly and not damaged. I used the Diamondback HD 8x42 for birding and wanted to upgrade to Vipers. They are both phenomenal binos but these are a bit better in low light and clarity. The only thing I dislike about them is how they feel in your hands. I prefer the design of the Diamonbacks/Razors in this regard. Worth the upgrade though. Also, great vortex warranty included.

Birding-- Price is worth it for the upgrade -- Viper 8 x 42

By Abbey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-26

I have an 8 x42 Monarch that I have had for 20 years or so. My husband has decided to start joining me so I thought I might try an upgrade on a new set. I called around but couldn't find anything stocked in the Boston area. So I bought the 8 x42 and the 10 x 42 Viper as well as the newest version of the Monarch. The Viper 8 x42 is a significant upgrade from the Monarch 8 x 42 in terms of clarity at similar distances and it remains stable and clear for longer distances. The 10 x 42 I didn't like for birding. The Viper 8 x 42 is almost as light (I am a small person) as the Monarch and feels good in the hand. The reviews that the birding community say are all true. This is a great product.

Great Travel Size

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-09

We were looking for a new travel size binoculars as we cruise Transatlantic & Transpacific. Our marine binoculars from West Marine were great while boating but are heavy and take up took much carry on space. The guy behind the counter was fantastic, not pushy or rushing us to make a decision. He showed us various magnifications/sizes and describing the differences with each one. We chose the Vortex 8x42 Viper HD because they ticked most all of the boxes we were looking for at the price that didn't break the bank. We love the size and weight, the focus wheel is slow & precise. They are exactly what we were looking for. Love B&H - always professional and wonderful to deal wit.

Pretty good

By Eric
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-05

These binoculars feel nice in the hand. Mechanically, the focusing feels great and smooth. Eyecups work well. Optically it is sharp in the center, softer toward the edges. Chromatic Aberration is well controlled in the center and not really noticeable. Chromatic Aberration is visible away from the center but not to the point of being distracting. Pincushion distortion is noticeable and can be distracting if your viewing subject is moving past straight lines.

Sharp enough for birding

By Daniel
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-25

These binoculars are comfortable to hold, are plenty bright, and are sharp. Being a long-time photographer, I was surprised at how much chromatic aberation is present--if my Sony telephoto lens exhibited this much chromatic aberration (blue and red), I'd probably return it immediately, but I gather binoculars are not expected to live up to photographic lens standards. Bummer.

Perfect for bird watching

By Philip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-16

I bought these for my wife who is a keen outdoor person and birdwatcher. She is so far delighted with them and Takes them everywhere. The harness is particularly useful for her. B&H service was as always flawless.

Exactly what I needed!

By Roman
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-06

Started birding but didn't have a binoculars to get close to see bird details. The Viper HD is a well built binoculars and is really easy to adjust. The viewing is very clear and vivid. The focus range is incredible! The included neck strap is comfortable but I recommend a binocular harness for extra comfort on long usage. I like the ocular and objective lens covers. The GlassPak harness is perfect for travel and long expeditions. It's a great purchase, especially from B&H!

Great for bird watching

By Gene
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-07

These are a really nice pair of bird watching binoculars for the price. They let a lot of light in for a nice bright view.

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Asked by: Cheech
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