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Thinking about getting the Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 spotting scope. Will be hiking a lot and like the size and weight factor but hope not sacrificing too much magnification.(also like the price of not breaking the bank) Anybody have anything bad to say about the scope? Thanks for any info
 

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Don't own one. Read many reviews and one review from an acquaintance. Basically very very similar to the ed50. My experience with a 50vs65 is basically your Looking at being able to make out a fork at 500 yards about 5-8 minutes earlier with the 65.
 

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its what I use here are some pic's that I took through the spoting scope with my phone

these pic are over 1 to 2 miles away the phone does not do it justice
 

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thanks for the info, I was hoping no one was going to say it sucks! lol.... see if anyone else has anything to say before I choose one
 

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I am not sure I would buy any brand 11x30x50 spotting scope. I am pretty sure if you crank it up past 15 power it will be very dark and useless. At the end of the day you need big glass on the end. Minimum of 65mm, and preferably 80 mm to make it worth owning and using. Personally, I dont think it is worth packing a spotting scope unless it is 80 mm.

15x56 binocs on tripod would be much more usefull.

I could only see maybe using a 11x30x50 at a shooting range in full sunlight.
 

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Check camofire. They have had some of the Vortex spotters on recently. If you call them they will help you as well.
 

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If you are a veteran or an LEO make sure you submit proof (DD-214) to Vortex before you make a purchase. It can save you big $$$ on 2 items from each type (2 Binoculars, 2 spotting scopes, 2 range finders...) per year! That alone has made me buy Vortex only, Americans supporting those who protect Americans!
 

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Paul and I are in the same camp. The performance gained by having the larger diameter glass will be well worth the little bit of extra weight. Make up for the weight by taking some of the junk out your pack and leave it in your truck. Being able to see several minutes earlier is a big deal. Well to me it is. Carbon tripod is a good spot to shed weight off of the package.
 

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Pic up a cheap window mount for the truck...you won't have to worry about lugging the thing around..I never leave home without it!!
 
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Thanks, I figured as much but was hoping someone had this particular model and would say it gets the job done. Outdoorplay seems to like his. I have been thinking of the 22-48x65 but was also thinking the 11x33-50 would work. Probably get what you pay for works here and I might regret saving the money and loose out on that extra power. As for the extra weight, I guess I'll have to leave a few extra candy bars in the truck.
 

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I love my Nikon ED50. It means the difference for me of hiking another mile or not. BUT, I am not by any means looking to tell the difference @ 1 mile or more between a 100" and 110" forky, I will eat them both...
 

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bearclaw said:
.... BUT, I am not by any means looking to tell the difference @ 1 mile or more between a 100" and 110" forky, I will eat them both...
That is me too... Until I really am looking for the difference between monster animals I am good just knowing that they are in an area.
 

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silver- what exactly are you hoping to get out of your spotter?
 

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oh boys...trying putting a fork on 1 side big enough to hang a ring on at 400yds...that's the real test..trust me...
 

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400 yds!......In my best John Wayne imitation....Windage & elevation, Mrs Langdon, windage & elevation..... :smiley-thumbs-up-aqua:

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I ending up getting the Razor 16x48x65.

Great scope, love the size and quality for the money
 

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