Vortex Razor HD 27-60×85 Straight Spotting Scope, Green
- The Razor HD 27-60×85 Straight Spotting Scope employs high-end optical technology, precision craftsmanship, and ultra-sleek functionality to make the Razor one of the finest spotting scopes on the market.
- Triplet Apochromatic lens combined with high density, extra-low dispersion glass delivers unparalled resolution and color fidelity. XR Plus anti-reflective coatings were applied to the lenses to yield maximum brightness for critical low-light glassing.
- A smooth helical focus dials in razor sharp resolution and keeps the scope trim for easy packing. A multi-position eyecup twists up to give you proper eye relief with or without glasses.
- A locking collar allows you to rotate the scope to acquire the best viewing angle. A built-in sunshade pulls out to reduce glare.
- O-ring sealed and argon purged, the Razor HD delivers waterproof and fogproof performance. Armortek coatings protect the lenses from oil, scratches, and dirt. Rubber armor provides extreme durability.
- Close Focus: 16.4 feet
The Razor HD 85mm Straight Combo, 27-60X RS-85S1 has set the standard for high-end optical performance, precision, and functionality.
The 85mm objective lens provides a wide field of view and allows in lots of light for spotting even in low lighting conditions.
The lenses are fully multi-coated with proprietary XR anti-reflective coating, so you can experience quality optics that deliver excellent color fidelity, superb resolution, and clarity.
The Razor HD 85mm Straight Combo, 27-60X is the ideal choice for hunters, shooters, and outdoor observation enthusiasts who seek a premium, high-performance spotting scope.
Specification: Vortex Razor HD 27-60×85 Straight Spotting Scope, Green
6 x 6 x 16 inches, 4 pounds
6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Wild Works –
I bought this little beauty for a DYI Mule deer hunt. I wanted the ability to reach out and Identify the sex and more importantly the size of the deer we were glassing. With This small spotter we were able to eliminate some footwork by glassing at much further distances than our 10×50 binoculars would even think of. I was able to get a clear look at antlers from distances of nearly 1 mile. Pros: spotter is crystal clear and on par with several spotters at 3 times the price. Lightweight, Small and very packable. Cons: The only reason this does not get 5 stars in my opinion is when the temperature dropped (35 degrees) in the mornings I noticed that the magnification dial on the eyepiece got very sluggish and stiff. like the grease inside the dial was subjective to freezing. Once the unit was at 65 degrees ambient temperature things felt smooth and fluid again. I tested this each morning and it would repeat each time.
Lino Martinez –
I got this scope 4 months ago. Since it first came out.I used to own the older model too. Sold it and got this one.And here are my honest thoughts about the new model compare to the old model.They are both sharp, amazing glass. I honestly can’t see a difference in clarity between new model and old model.New model is for sure better looking. And I feel like it’s more rugged ( I say I “feel” because I haven’t actually drop them to find out ) The slim shape of new model makes it easy to handle, pack, and I can grab it with one hand better since it has the focus wheel around the body. I didn’t like the fact the old one had two focus wheels. Always ended up using the fine focus anyways. I also like the green color better. Looks a lot likely the Swarovski.I was also able to use the same black cordura nylon fitted case they sale separately for the old model for 50$ On this new model. Since the case they give u with both are just crap, and don’t want the body to get scratches.I’ve used it for wildlife viewing have watch from elk at dawn, chipmunks, squirrels, eagles, hummingbirds etc, the details are amazing….The hood really works nicely when sun it’s out and bright. (With both scopes, the experience was the same)When i got the new model the eye cup was super loose. I don’t wear glasses so really need the cup all the way up. So I sent it to vortex and they took care of it. And send it back to me within 2 weeks. I didn’t even pay to send it. They sent me a prepaid label.Bottom line. If u don’t care about the color, the two wheels that take some extra room, the fact that the new one is made in japan and assemble in the US and old one made in China, and want to save like 400-500 bucks, buy the old model for sure!! You will see your game with the same clarity. They will also weight about the same so no big change.Also I got a manfrotto aluminum tripod with a pistol grip head. I find the pistol grip to be the best. Takes less room and it’s faster to move.
Jac Cottrell –
I use the Razor HD 11-33×50 Angled for birding/nature watching at fairly close distances, usually to get a better look at smaller birds. I am a casual, fair weather birder…I am not using this at 04:00 or in a monsoon. I often bird in wooded areas, so it does need to peek into some heavily shaded areas. I prefer to walk then remain stationary, so size and handling are concerns for me. The first few paragraphs give a little background on my optics journey, feel free to skip down a little for the details on this scope.- – – – – – – – -*Current Binoculars and Past Scopes*For reference, my binoculars are Zeiss Conquest HD 8×32, which I really like and find to have great image quality for the price. I find the Razor HD 11-33×50 to be a similar value. While I am sure both of these would not hold up to Leica or Swarovski optics, to me they hit a sweet spot of cost vs. image quality.I tried two other scopes before this one, each one increasing in cost. The first was purchased a few years ago is no longer made (Alpen 15-45×60). I don’t recall the specifics, but I returned it because the image quality was poor, very dark. It also seemed large at the time, and the build quality was average.The second (Celestron Hummingbird 9-27x56mm ED) was right before purchasing the Razor . At the time this was about half the cost of the Razor HD 11-33×50. While the small size was very easy to carry, the image quality was not even close to the level of my binoculars. While I could see the birds ‘bigger’…the image was dark, esp. when looking into brush. And, the upper range of the magnification was not very clear. The build quality was mostly plastic, but acceptable at the price point. Overall, I did not find the image quality to be worth the cost or the hassle of carrying the scope and tripod.- – – – – – – – -*Razor HD 11-33×50 Review*After much research, I decided to make the investment in the Razor HD 11-33×50. Most of the reviews were from a hunting perspective, and many mentioned that the image quality was about on par with larger scopes they had used…but in a much smaller package that was easier to hike/follow game with.The cost of this scope is very close to the larger, lower-tier Viper. I spoke with a Vortex rep regarding the tradeoffs between size, image quality and cost. He strongly recommended the Razor.*Image Quality*I find the image quality of the Razor to be very similar to my Zeiss Conquest HD 8×32 binoculars. The picture is quite bright and sharp, you can easily see fine feather details. The image quality is pretty consistent across the entire image circle (esp. when compared to the quality drop-off toward the edges found in the Celestron Hummingbird).*Focus*As of 2019, the Razor HD 11-33×50 is still the older style of Vortex scope design with two protruding focus wheels (fast and fine) on the upper body. The newer style offered on the larger scopes is a single focus ring on the lower body (the Celestron Hummingbird has a similar design). While I cannot speak to the newer Razors, comparing the focus function of the 11-33×50 to the Hummingbird I prefer the separate fast and fine focus knobs. It is easy to quickly get a rough focus, and then carefully adjust for fine detail.The Razor HD 11-33×50 also has a very close focus of 6.6 feet (from website). This lets you get a good look at birds on your feeder or insects perched close to you. (attached photo shot through the scope with handheld iPhone 6S, Ebony Jewelwing was about 7-8 feet away.)*Zoom*The zoom range on this scope is 11-33, which is not as close as other (larger) scopes. But as someone who uses this at closer distances I find the smaller size/weight to be more of an advantage.*Scope Bag*The bag is functional, nothing crazy. It fits the scope well, even with a tripod plate attached. It is not heavily padded, I would make sure that the scope when into some other bag/case to protect it if traveling/hunting.*Warranty*While I am very careful with my gear, the Vortex warranty is pretty hard to beat. From their site: “We will repair or replace your Vortex® product in the event it becomes damaged or defective—at no charge to you. If we cannot repair your product, we will replace it with a product in perfect working order of equal or better physical condition.”*You Need a Tripod*To get the most of this scope invest in a sturdy tripod and good head. I am using this with a Manfrotto 190 tripod. I also have a 055 which is sturdier, but the 190 is a bit lighter/easier to carry and is plenty to keep the scope stable. While not traditional for scope use, I am using a Sirui K-40X Ball Head. I already owned it for photography, so I gave it a try. While a little harder to control than a 3-way head, it is also very quick to center and level out. This version has a single knob to set tension and lock the ball. I find that easier to use than separate tension and lock knobs.*Things that could have been better*Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase. There are only two fairly minor things that I can comment on. First, the eyecup is a fold up/down style rather than a twist up. Not a big deal, but as someone who wears glasses I am folding it down for each use (the eyepiece cover only fits when the eyecup is turned up). I expect that this will be a wear point, but, hey…lifetime, no-questions-asked warranty for the win!Second, the loop for front optic cover does not stay on the front of the scope very well. It often comes off when removing the scope from the bag. Not a huge deal, but I usually leave it in the bag to prevent me from losing it. I have Vortex front covers on my Zeiss binoculars that have stayed put for years, so if the band were just a little bit smaller it would have worked better.*Would I Buy Again?*100%. I am very happy that Vortex put their top quality optics in a smaller frame and at a more approachable price point. I expect to get many years of enjoyable use from this scope.
Given the $699 price it’s hard to find fault with this scope. I purchased the 11-33X50 to reduce my field load after years of packing a Leica 77 APO & field case with Manfrotto 3221G tri-pod at 20+ lbs. The Razor HD scope & Vortex SS-P tri-pod are less than 5 lbs combined, so a big weight savings. Scope performance is superb for this price point and my only nits are with coarse focus wheel stiffness (fine focus wheel is silky smooth) and the field case is bulky and loose fitting as others have mentioned. Low light transmission is as expected from a 50mm objective, magnification adjustment is both smooth and positive throughout its range, and lens edge aberration is surprisingly minimal. An unexpected benefit of its small size and weight is that it can easily be used without a tri-pod for distant viewing while on the move. Highly recommend this scope!
Having just returned from a birdwatching holiday in Spain, I got the idea of digiscoping and decided to buy. a Spotting scope. I had been invited to look through a couples spotting scope and was dismayed to see a lot of chromatic aberration around a bird I was viewing.Having gone into a lot of research on scopes I chose the Vortex. What a scope, pin sharp no discolouration around the edges, you certainly get what you pay for. Highly recommended. Parcel arrived swiftly and well packaged.
Spectacular resolution. This is the ultimate ultralight spotter. Perfect for taking with you into steep terrain. Not as powerful as its big brothers but a great compromise if you need something light and easy to pack.