Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)

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Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing)
Key Features
  • Angled Viewing
  • 11-33x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 50mm Objective Lens
  • Dielectric-Coated Porro Prism
The angled-viewing Razor HD 11-33x50 Spotting Scope from Vortex features high-quality glass with specialized optical coatings to provide clear and bright images. The triplet apochromatic lens elements are made of high-density (HD) extra-low dispersion (ED) glass to increase light transmission, minimize distortion, and virtually eliminate chromatic aberration. All air-to-glass surfaces have Vortex's XR anti-reflective coatings to minimize light loss. Additionally, they are ArmorTek coated for scratch resistance. To ensure accurate color across the entire visible spectrum, the Porro prisms are dielectric coated. These coatings are highly reflective and lose less than 1% of the light that passes through them. The use of Porro prisms creates a better depth of view over roof prisms. This combination of coatings and optics creates a spotting scope that produces bright, clear, highly contrasted images with accurate color transmission.
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Vortex Razor HD Overview

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

The angled-viewing Razor HD 11-33x50 Spotting Scope from Vortex features high-quality glass with specialized optical coatings to provide clear and bright images. The triplet apochromatic lens elements are made of high-density (HD) extra-low dispersion (ED) glass to increase light transmission, minimize distortion, and virtually eliminate chromatic aberration. All air-to-glass surfaces have Vortex's XR anti-reflective coatings to minimize light loss. Additionally, they are ArmorTek coated for scratch resistance. To ensure accurate color across the entire visible spectrum, the Porro prisms are dielectric coated. These coatings are highly reflective and lose less than 1% of the light that passes through them. The use of Porro prisms creates a better depth of view over roof prisms. This combination of coatings and optics creates a spotting scope that produces bright, clear, highly contrasted images with accurate color transmission.

The lightweight magnesium-alloy body is O-ring sealed and argon filled to be water and fogproof. A dual-focus system features a coarse fast-focus and a fine-focus wheel. The scope has a tripod mounting shoe that also accepts a 1/4"-20 mounting bolt. A retractable lens shade keeps the Sun or rain off the objective lens.

Optical Performance

  • 11-33x zoom eyepiece
  • 50mm objective lens
  • High-density (HD) extra-low dispersion (ED) glass
  • Triplet apochromatic lens eliminates chromatic aberration
  • Porro prism design for better depth of view
  • Highty reflective dielectric multi-coatings on prisms
  • Vortex XR anti-reflective lens coatings
  • ArmorTek scratch-resistant exterior lens coatings

Use and Handling

  • Angled view eyepiece is inclined 45° from the objective lens for more comfortable viewing
  • Dual focusing dials offer rapid rough and fine focus
  • Twist-up eyecup
  • 1/4"-20 threaded mount for tripods

Construction Details

  • Magnesium-alloy body
  • O-ring sealed to be waterproof
  • Argon filled to be fogproof
  • Built-in retractable sunshield
UPC: 875874005136

Vortex Razor HD Specs

Design
Viewing AngleAngled
Performance
Magnification11 to 33x
Objective Lens Diameter50 mm
Field of View11x: 191.0' @ 1000 yd / 63.5 m @ 1000 m
33x: 96.0' @ 1000 yd / 31.9 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance6.6' / 2.0 m
Exit Pupil Diameter11x: 4.6 mm
33x: 1.5 mm
Eye Relief20.0 mm
Features
Water ResistanceWaterproof
General
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20
Dimensionsø: 2.0 x L: 10.3" / ø: 5.0 x L: 26.2 cm
Weight1.6 lb / 709.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.325 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.3 x 7.4 x 5.4"

Vortex Razor HD Reviews

Excellent Travel Scope!

By Kirk
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-14

I am a traveling birder, and hauling my large 85mm scope around the US & world in various luggage and hiking packs can be quite a hassle. This 50mm scope is very compact & light, and is shockingly bright & clear for its size. I didn't expect much from it, but it has far exceeded my expectations. So much so, that I'll even start taking it on lengthy hikes in the future.

Fantastic Value!

By Anthony L
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-19

I use spotting scopes primarily for birding. My alpha glass is a Swarovski ATX 85 but I looked to replace my lightweight travel scope; a Nikon 13-30x 50mm Fieldscope ED. After reading specs and reviews on line, I narrowed the selection to the Vortex Razor and the highly acclaimed Kowa TSN-553 Prominar. I ultimately decided to take a chance on the less expensive Razor, primarily because there was such a large price difference between it and the Kowa, and also because of the fantastic lifetime no-fault warranty. When it arrived, my son and I compared it against my 10-year old Nikon Fieldscope ED (which I still love), and a 30-year old Bausch & Lomb Elite 22xx60 mm which I gave to my son years ago. Here are the highlights of the testing but we will not discuss the B&L Elite performance which was optically inferior, (e.g. it does not have phase-coated roof prisms). Surprisingly, the Razor is slightly sharper than the Nikon. This was demonstrated using a 1951 USAF resolution chart, and the Razor was able to resolve smaller groups than the Nikon. The Razor also has a wider field of view than the Nikon, and a much closer close focus. The stated 19mm eye relief is about right at 11x, but once you zoom to about 15x, I could no longer see the full field with glasses. Still, the eye relief is slightly longer than the Nikon. The Razor looks to be well-made, although not as elegant looking as the Nikon.   The area where the Razor may have underperformed the Nikon was in general viewing comfort. Not a small factor. The Nikon shows are very clear and crisply defined black fieldstop at the edge of view. The Razor has a less well-defined black fieldstop and that can cause some viewers eye strain. That bothers me a little, but the field to the edge seemed very flat so I would take that trade off for the sharper image and wider field of view. I also really like the heavy-duty case that came with it, and the lens caps that can remain attached to the scope while in use. The performance for the money is simply outstanding, and that coupled with the lifetime no-fault warranty made it a good choice for me. And my son. Now he has the Nikon and can retire his B&L Elite.

Terrific Product

By Dewey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-23

I spent a fair amount of time online researching and evaluating spotting scopes. For my needs, I wanted high quality optics, light weight, and a close near field focus. Of those scopes that met those criteria, the Vortex Razor HD was the clear choice, and I am very happy with my decision. My wife and I use it for birding primarily, and found it to be also very useful in looking at the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn - the Christmas star!

Great lightweight scope

By Guy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-20

I got this scope because my old scope was too heavy to lug around any distance in the field, especially with my aging body. This scope is very lightweight and also has good clarity at the highest magnification. There are a couple slight negatives: The eyecup is an old style roll-back rubber that is awkward to work and the lens cover doesn't fit when you have the eye cup retracted for glasses. Also, the supplied travel cover is poorly designed, it is impossible to keep it on and easily focus the scope while the cover is rolled back to allow viewing. I will probably have to remove the cover.

Great spotting scope

By Martin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-16

Great clarity and easy to use. The size is perfect for what I was wanting. I have played with it quite a bit and am pretty happy with it. Really no complaints, if you want something smaller and light, this is it. Fits right in my long range rifle bag.

Great scope

By Barbara
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-19

Just what we needed. Saw this at a recent birding event and came home and ordered one. Excellent viewing and great image. I highly recommend. Great service by B&H

Worth Every Dollar.

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

This scope is a nature viewing gem. Don't hesitate and spend the extra dollars, you get what you pay for, and with this Vortex Razor HD, that would be superb optics, a small solid build, lightweight & packable, and easy of use.

Fantastic compact scope

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-23

With only having one leg, it was really tough transporting a large scope with tripod to all my birding areas. This scope is so light and compact it fit the bill perfectly for me. Close focus is very close for a scope. Focus knobs are easy to get too. The fine focus feature really helps. Can't say enough about how pleased I am with this little scope.

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