Vortex Viper 15-45×65 Spotting Scope Review

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Vortex Viper 15-45×65. A Spotting Scope that is known for its excellent efficiency & magnification power. 

Vortex is known to provide some of the best budget-oriented equipment on the market. But this Spotting Scope is not for budget-oriented people. Granted it’s not a 1000$+ spotting scope but it’s near that range. 

VORTEX SPOTTING SCOPE COMPARISON TABLE

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Vortex Optics Viper HD Spotting Scope 15-45x65...
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Vortex Optics Viper HD Spotting Scope 15-45×65…
Vortex Optics Viper HD Spotting Scope 20-60×85…
Vortex Optics Razor HD Spotting Scope 11-33×50…
Vortex Optics Diamondback Spotting Scope 20-60×80…
Vortex Optics Razor HD Angled Spotting Scope,…
Vortex Razor HD 16-48×65 Angled Spotting Scope…
Price
$695.98
$899.00
$698.99
$499.00
$799.00
$799.00
Preview
Vortex Optics Viper HD Spotting Scope 15-45x65...
Title
Vortex Optics Viper HD Spotting Scope 15-45×65…
Price
$695.98
Preview
Vortex Optics Viper HD Spotting Scope 20-60x85...
Title
Vortex Optics Viper HD Spotting Scope 20-60×85…
Price
$899.00
Preview
Vortex Optics Razor HD Spotting Scope 11-33x50...
Title
Vortex Optics Razor HD Spotting Scope 11-33×50…
Price
$698.99
Preview
Vortex Optics Diamondback Spotting Scope 20-60x80...
Title
Vortex Optics Diamondback Spotting Scope 20-60×80…
Price
$499.00
Preview
Vortex Optics Razor HD Angled Spotting Scope,...
Title
Vortex Optics Razor HD Angled Spotting Scope,…
Price
$799.00
Preview
Vortex Razor HD 16-48x65 Angled Spotting Scope...
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Vortex Razor HD 16-48×65 Angled Spotting Scope…
Price
$799.00

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VORTEX VIPER 15-45x65 SPECS

  • Magnification: 15-45x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 65 mm
  • Linear Field of View: 136.5-67.8 ft/1000 yds
  • Angular Field of View: 2.6-1.3 degrees
  • Close Focus: 23 feet
  • Eye Relief: 17.8-19.6 mm
  • Length: 14 inches
  • Weight: 59 oz

Pros

  • Good build quality.
  • Excellent optics quality.
  • ED glasses.
  • 15-45x zoom.
  • Porro prism.
  • Generous eye relief.
  • O-sealed lens.
  • Waterproof & fog proof.
  • Good for digiscoping.
  • Easy to mount to the tripod and after mounting you can use the scope at any angle.

Cons

  • Pricey.
  • It's kind of heavy.
  • Not that compact so, you can't carry it everywhere.

VORTEX VIPER 15-45X65 REVIEW: FEATURES AND BENEFITS

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BODY QUALITY

The body material is disclosed but the Viper HD has a rubber armor coating around its body. As we all know rubber armor coating has more than one reason behind them.

Not only they can increase the scratch resistance, but it will also create a protective layer over the main body. Also, the grip of the rubber is another plus. 

You won’t find any lacking in the building material. The O-seal to seal to prevent moisture and water getting inside the scope says a lot about its build quality. 

You have nothing to worry about when we are talking about build quality. This is a solid spotting scope that you can use in any weather condition. 

OPTICS QUALITY

The core component of a scope. The lens of this scope is just something extra-ordinary. We all know how good Porro prisms are. They are well known for their depth, wide field of view, and rich three-dimensional photos.

This prism is used in this scope for great performance. Previously we mentioned this scope is weatherproof. The lenses are O-sealed to make sure that no moisture can get inside and ruin the scope from inside.

Not only that the scope is also Argon gas purged to make sure it’s also fog proof. That’s right you can use this scope under any weather condition. 

The lenses are fully multi-coated ED glasses. Multiple layers of coating alongside Porro prism and ED glass gives the best possible viewing experience. 

ED glasses are known to provide great vision even in low light. That’s why if you were thinking that is the lens good enough, the answer is simple it’s more than good. It’s more than what you are paying for. The performance of this scope is just excellent.

MAGNIFICATION & EYEPIECE

As the name suggests this spotting scope has a variable magnification of 15x to 45x. The objective lens is huge 65mm. The scope provides a wide field of view alongside long-range magnification. Even at max zoom, the distortion of the scope is almost non-existent. 

But what you can do is, get a straight eyepiece instead or angular if that’s what you are into. You will also get a more magnification one but that will cost you more. 

The included magnification is more than enough and it will be enough to suffice your any outdoor activities. 

You can get a max angular field of view at 2.6degree. The linear field of view is 137ft at 1000yards. You may wonder that’s not much. But in reality, it is more than you need. You can watch your match with it, you can do your birding session. 

The eyepiece is also adjustable. You can rotate the eyepiece to get a comfortable viewing distance for yourself. Doesn’t matter if you are using glasses or not. 

DIGISCOPING

Yes, you can digiscope with this spotting scope. The flexible viewing angle makes it easier for you to do too. You can almost view it at any angle.

Just mount the spotting scope on to a tripod, the mounting belt is rotatable just like many other spotting scopes from Vortex. But unfortunately, there is no mounting plate for digiscoping included inside the box.

You need to purchase your own mobile or DSLR mount. But the experience is worth it. As we already made clear how beautiful and clean the glass of this scope is. Digiscoper will have the fun of their life with this beauty. 

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VORTEX VIPER 15-45X65 REVIEW: CONCLUSION

All those pros outshine the small number of cons. If you are willing to spend the bucks you will get your worthwhile. Vortex never disappoints. Their customer care and warranty department are also excellent. The bottom line is Vortex Viper HD 15-45×65 is an excellent spotting scope.

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