The Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope pushes the performance barrier to the highest limits, delivering a level of optical quality, resolution and color fidelity. The Razor HD features a sophisticated triple apochromatic lens system with two elements, precision-ground from high-definition (HD) optical glass. The result is an almost total elimination of chromatic aberration across the entire field of view so there's no "fringing", degradation of resolution, or dilution of color fidelity at longer viewing distances.
Reviewed by 2 customers
I was torn between buying this scope and the Celestron 100mm FD Regal so I bought both. The Vortex has been highly regarded and cost more than 2 times the price of the Celestron so I was expecting its performance to be significantly better than the Vortex. In a nutshell I was extremely disappointed with the Vortex. It looked good with low magnification but past 30X it did not focus sharply. Much to my surprise the Celestron Regal blew the Vortex away. The Celestron had significantly superior sharpness and focus at higher magnification. The Celestron is also much more versatile in that you can use 1.25" eyepieces as well as Barlows. Yes the Celestron is larger and weighs more but this is no issue as all scopes should be mounted on a sturdy tripod. The build quality on the Celestron was very good. I have not tried other high end scopes out there but after using the over hyped Vortex I am convinced that the Celestron Regal offers without a doubt the best bang and versatility for the buck in spotting scopes period.
I sold my Leica and bought a VortexReview Of Vortex Razor HD 85mm spotting scopeBy Jeff