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Product Review: Vortex Diamondback 20-60×60 Spotting Scope

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Vortex does it again with their Diamondback Spotting Scope line.

After having used the Vortex Diamondback binoculars, I knew that I would like to try out their spotting scopes.

I had been able to look through my buddy’s Vortex Nomad spotting scope and it was quite nice. Then when I heard that they released a new spotting scope that would be replacing the Nomad and their Skyline model, I was intrigued.

This was their entry-level model, and after having enjoyed their binoculars I was not hesitant when deciding on trying Diamondback 20-60×60 spotting scope.

The first decision that I had to decide on was angled or straight. I had heard pros and cons for both, but I decided on the angled version.

I do a lot of glassing while sitting down, and I thought that this would be the most beneficial setup for me. The only hard thing was the wait to be able to get out and use this new toy.

As spring came around, I wanted to put it through the paces. I had just picked up my new bow and the scope was quite useful when it came to adjusting my shot and technique while I was shooting.

Vortex 20 60x80 Diamondback Spotting Scopes ReviewI had my father looking through it and I did the same for him. To say it helped is an understatement.

The next step was to actually glass for elk and mule deer. When I got to one of my favorite hunting spots, I pulled out my older Nikon spotting scope that I had borrowed from my brother-in-law.

It was not quite light yet, as I had gotten up early to test the ability it had to gather in light. I first looked through the older spotting scope, and then I looked through the Diamondback. The difference was night and day.

My dad didn’t think there would be that much of a difference, but didn’t want to give it back after he had started to use it for a bit. I am glad I did make this purchase, and I was able to already see that the elk were making their way to water. This was the first time that my dad had seen so many elk.

When it got lighter, the clarity was superb. It performed well when zooming in, but when you got to the higher magnification you could see that it started to get a little shaky. It ultimately wasn’t enough to bother me.

IMG_20140719_064246They also made the base that attaches to the spotting scope very sturdy. It doesn’t matter which tripod you decide to go with, this spotter will remain steady. This is great especially when you are taking pictures through the scope of the animals that you are glassing.

Having a lifetime, unlimited, and unconditional warranty doesn’t hurt when making a purchase like this, and Vortex went above and beyond. This means if you drop it, run over it, or even throw it off a cliff, Vortex will still repair or replace the product absolutely free.

I have already had it take some tumbles, but the glass was still in great shape.

All in all it’s a very satisfying thing to know I made a good choice in my spotting scope purchase with the Vortex Diamondback.

What are some of the key factors that you look for in spotting scopes? Do you have a preference on angled or straight? Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments below.

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Product Review: Vortex Diamondback 20-60×60 Spotting Scope