Vortex Spotting Scopes

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by CSB, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. CSB

    CSB Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Im in the market for a new spotting scope, but cant afford the $2000+ Zeiss or Swarovski scopes. The Vortex scopes are reasonably priced and Ive read a couple of good reviews, but Im wondering if anyone here has used the 80mm Skyline series? Obviously they wouldnt be on par with the highest end scopes, but are they a cut above everything besides those ones?
  2. ScottBerish

    ScottBerish Well-Known Member

    Jul 1, 2008

    I love Vortex, both as a company and the product itself. However, I'm not to keen on their spotters. I spent time behind the Vortex Skyline ED 20-60x80 and compared it with the Nikon ED50 and the Nikon was much better. I've also had one returned b/c the customer was unhappy with it, and I've received negative comments about them from a couple others. Vortex will be tweaking this line, I beleive.

    Beginning tomorrow, Kowa has a super sale going on with their 77mm non-ED series. The TSN 771 and 772 with 25x LER eyepiece is a MAP of $980! These are GREAT spotters and LongRangers pay less.


  3. guns_and_labs

    guns_and_labs Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    So, if the priorities are:

    1. judging antlers (or bullet holes) at distance (a.k.a. resolution), and
    2. maximum eye relief, and
    3. doing the above at dawn and dusk (a.k.a. 77/80+ type of objective).

    And, the goal is to come in under $1000, are these the best deal going?