Vortex's Kaibab HD 15x56 vs. Vortex Vulture HD 15x56
The Definitive Review
By Robby Denning, Rokslide Co-Owner
* Disclaimer: I'm not an optics expert. I'm a four-decades mule deer hunter. I can't explain chromatic abberation or tell you exactly how resolution is related to objective diameter. However, I have glassed thousands of hours in my lifetime and I know what it takes to put big mule deer in the dirt. If you want to talk to an optics expert, click off this page. They're out there, I'm just not one of them...
When I was kid growing up in the 1970's, my dad was ahead of his time. While most hunters didn't even carry binoculars back then, he usually had a pair close by. Taking it up a notch, he also owned and used a pair of 20x tripod-mounted binoculars— something almost unheard of back then. I can't even remember the brand but I do remember that while they were barely tolerable to look through, I could glass better with them than with a spotting scope or the smaller 8x binos so common at the time. I could actually see bucks (under the right conditions) at four and even five miles. Those binoculars finally broke and I forgot about the concept for a few years.
Vortex 16-48x 65mm Spotter Review
by Jordan Kauer, Rokslide Member
Up until the fall of 2012, I never really grasped the importance of good optics. Up to that time, my main focus was archery elk hunting. I didn't hunt areas where I could glass very far and also didn't want to pack anything unneeded, so I never even considered owning a spotting scope. That was until my friend Brandon and I decided to head to Utah to try archery hunting mule deer. We didn't even make it to our backcountry camp before I realized I was lacking big time in the optics department.
I had spotted some deer in the distance and pulled up my binos to see what they were; all I could tell was they were deer and one might be a buck. At the same time, my buddy looks through his binos and said there is a really nice buck in the group then pulls out his Vortex Razor 20-60x85 spotter to tell me he has an extra inline on his right side! I didn't even believe he could see that buck that good through his binos so he handed them to me. Sheepishly for the next 12 days, I would use either Brandon's binos or spotter, whichever he wasn't using because I couldn't pick out anything in the vast terrain we were hunting with the low quality binos I had.
Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50mm Spotter:
The Backcountry Hunter's Perfect Companion
By Travis Bertrand, Rokslide Moderator
It is no secret backcountry hunters rave about the Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50mm spotting scopes. This has been the "go to" scope for a lot of ounce counters since it came out. I figured it was time for me to give it a try then report back if all the the fanfare was only hype or just the plain truth.
I visited a local dealer and when I first picked the little scope up, I was hesitant to believe it could perform in the optical department. Like most folks, I had the misconception that "ALL quality optics are heavy." Which by default means light ones are, well... you know. Although judging any optic from inside a store is hardly a test, I was pleasantly surprised. I knew I had to get it out in the field and put it through its paces. I laid down the seven Benjimans and walked away a little less hesitant than when I began.
NIGHTFORCE SHV 4-14X MOA1000
By Justin Crossley, Rokslide Moderator
The name, "SHV" Shooter, Hunter, Varminter, speaks to the versatility this scope offers. Designed in collaboration with Bob Beck from Extreme Outer Limits, Nightforce has brought a great option to the budget minded hunter or shooter.
The 4-14x gives the hunter/shooter a good magnification range for a wide array of shooting scenarios. The 56mm objective lens creates a very bright sight picture, and works very well under low light conditions. With covered windage and elevation turrets, the hunter gets piece of mind that the scope will stay zeroed while dragging the rifle through brush.The turrets themselves provide good grip, even with gloves, which is important for a rifle hunter who dials elevation corrections.