October 21, 2014 5 min read
Over the last year I have been able to get some extensive time glassing behind the Vortex Razor HD 50mm spotting scope. Coming from a lightweight backpacking perspective I had been a fan and personal user of the Nikon ED50 spotting scope that has been on the market for a long time. If you talked to anyone a few years ago who knew of the Nikon ED50, every single person who had used that scope was a huge fan. It was always amazing to me that no other companies, especially in the hunting market were not making a small / portable spotting scope to compete with the ED50. (Nikon made almost zero attempt to market the scope to hunters, but it was and is extremely popular among birders) So when I first heard in early 2013 that Vortex was going to come out with a 50mm lightweight spotter to say the least I was excited to get my hands on one and test it out. With Vortex's reputation of producing outstanding quality optics at a price the average guy can afford and backing that up with the best warranty in the business I had a hunch the Razor HD 50mm wasn't going to let me down. With over 8 years now of hunting experience behind a 50mm spotting scope I feel like its important to start this article out on what the limitations are of a 50mm scope before talking about all the benefits and why I think most hunters should be packing one.
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