Diamondback HD Spotting Scope
Addressing the need for a backcountry spotting scope that has all the advantages of a high end spotter without the sticker shock factor, Vortex recently introduced its new and better Diamondback HD Spotting Scope. This is a spotting scope that will definitely make you think twice about spending more than $600. Yes, you read that correctly. What you get for under $600 is impressive.
The Diamondback HD line of spotting scopes from Vortex is taking the next step forward with two new configurations, the 16-48×65 and the 20-60×85, providing power and clarity in a redesigned package. The power behind the new Diamondback HD spotters is an HD optical system that delivers crisp resolution, brighter images, and edge-to-edge sharpness, reducing eye strain during long glassing sessions. All air-to-glass surfaces are fully multi-coated for increased light transmission and powerful low-light performance, giving you an edge when you need it most.
In addition to rethinking the Diamondback HD’s internal components, Vortex took a fresh approach to the spotter’s exterior, introducing a streamlined, snag-free profile. The helical focus wheel provides fast, fine adjustments, and an Arca-Swiss compatible foot means the Diamondback HD mounts quickly to compatible tripod heads without additional plates. Plus, a neoprene cover comes included, keeping your spotter protected in the field. The 16-48×65 weighs 50.4 oz., while the 20-60×85 weighs 61.3 oz.
The updated HD optical system, new magnification range, and larger objective lenses has greatly improved image resolution for clearer images and less eye fatigue while glassing for long periods of time. The added 16-48x magnification allows more light to the eye creating brighter images for improved clarity, and increasing the field of view to let you see more. Vortex also increased eye relief and streamlined the design for easier packability compared to the previous model.
If you’re looking for a good spotting scope that won’t bust your budget, this is a great option.