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Deal of the Day by Webyshops: VORTEX Solo 8×36 Monocular


Built to be carried as a standard piece of equipment, close-at-hand, the VORTEX Solo 8×36 Monocular (S836) gives you a closer look when you need it. And with the integral carry clip, this Vortex monocular attaches securely to any belt, strap or webbing. Premium roof prism and fully multi-coated glass surfaces deliver bright images in a compact, lightweight, and easy-to-handle unit.


  • Fully Multi-Coated Lenses increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces
  • Rubber Armor provides a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection
  • Adjustable Eyecup twists up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses
  • Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the monocular
  • Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging


  Magnification     8x
  Objective Lens Diameter, mm     36
  Field of View (FOV) @ 1000yds, ft     393
  Angle of View, deg     7.5°
  Exit Pupil, mm     4.5
  Eye Relief, mm     18
  Close Focus, ft    16.4
  Lens Coating     Multi-Coated
  Waterproof/Fogproof     Yes/Yes
  Length, in     4.9
  Weight, oz     9.7

Deal of the Day by Webyshops: VORTEX Binoculars Harness Strap (VTHARNESS)

Here’s the most comfortable way to carry your binoculars for hours…the VORTEX Binoculars Harness Strap (VTHARNESS)spreads the weight of your binoculars across your shoulders for more relaxed viewing.

This ingenious strap keeps your binoculars and rangefinders, even cameras, from jostling around as you walk – freeing up the use of your hands.

The model also helps keep your binoculars close to your chest and out of the way. Elastic straps are fully adjustable and let you move your binoculars or camera up and out as needed.

Price: $21.90

Vortex Announces its 2013 Product Lineup

It’s that time of year again.  All the manufacturers are working hard to make decisions on the changes in their product lineups.  After all, SHOT Show is just around the corner.  Webyshops.com has been hanging around the grapevine to catch all the exciting news and be the first to bring it to you.

In the binocular lineup, Vortex is introducing us to a whole new category – Crossfire II.  This binocular series features fully multi-coated lenses, nitrogen gas purging, o-ring seals, and rubber armor.  Which means the Crossfire II binocular series will be one tough pair of binoculars with excellent viewing.

Currently the Crossfire II line is scheduled to debut with two size choices.

Model # Description
CF2-4221 2013 Crossfire II10x42 Binocular
CF2-4222 2013 Crossfire II8x42Binocular

Unfortunately, when new products come out, often old ones are deleted.  Vortex is cutting its Crossfire lineup.  The deleted binoculars include the ones listed below.

Model # Description
CRF-4210 2012 Crossfire 10×32 Binocular
CRF-4208 2012 Crossfire 10×32 Binocular
CRF-321 2012 Crossfire 10×32 Binocular
CRF-328 2012 Crossfire  8×32 Binocular

The binocular lineup isn’t the only place Vortex is making changes. Vortex is making changes in their Spotting Scopes as well.  The Diamondback Spotting Scope will be available in 60mm and 80mm.  It will also have features such as a rotating tripod mount, rubber armor, built-in sunshade, nitrogen purged, o-rings seals, Dielectric multi-layer prism coating and XR fully multi-coated lenses.

Model # Description
DBK-80A1 2013 Diamondback 20-60×80 (angled)
DBK-80S1 2013 Diamondback 20-60×80 (straight)
DBK-60A1 2013 Diamondback 20-60×60 (angled)
DBK-60S1 2013 Diamondback 20-60×60 (straight)

As we witness the Diamondback Spotting Scope line ring in the new year, we will see Vortex’s Nomad line make its final curtain call.

Model # Description
NMD-60-A 2012 Nomad 20-60×60 Spotting Scope (Angled)
NMD-60-S 2012 Nomad 20-60×60 Spotting Scope (Straight)

Deal of the Day: VORTEX Nomad 20-60×60 Spotting Scope by Webyshops

The VORTEX Nomad 20-60×60 Spotting Scope (NMD-60-A) is a heavyweight performer in a light, compact package. Perfect for use whenever space is at a premium. The rugged, waterproof, impact-resistant construction stands up to rough use in the field. The angled eyepiece design permits lower scope mounting height, which allows better stability and user comfort. Any way you look at it, the Nomad is simply a great all-round spotting scope in a trim package.

LRBC: Using the online Vortex Long Range Ballistics Calculator

Paul Ness with Vortex Optics walks you through how to use Vortex’s Long Range Ballistics Calculator (LRBC).

Learn how to make custom Trajectory Matched Turret (TMT) caps with the Vortex Long Range Ballistics Calculator (LRBC)

Vortex Riflescopes: First vs. Second Focal Plane

Some of you are already very familiar with the differences between first and second focal plane riflescopes but for those of you out there who are unsure, we put together this short, basic video to give you some basic insight and help you decide which design would likely work best for you. If you have any questions about anything explained in the video, please give us a call at 800-426-0048. Thank you for your interest in Vortex Optics.

Vortex Viper HS Riflescopes Review

I got my new Viper HS Scope around the holidays (2011). I make my living in the outdoors and my optics come with me everywhere. If they are not tough and clear, they don’t make it.

I have been using Vortex Razor Spotting Scope for two years and love it. When it came time for a new scope for my elk rifle, I wanted try a Vortex rifle scope and see how it compared.  I have had this Vortex Viper HS for a few months. I have not used it extensively in all conditions, but I have put a lot of rounds down-range and I am very impressed.

Quick highlights:

An unbeatable warranty that I can hunt with.

Very sharp image, even in low light.

I love the resettable 0 turrets, so handy!

Solid, strong, very well built

B.D.C. (Bullet Drop Compensation ) Reticle


Slightly heavier than my old Weaver,but so much better!

More details:

I am not a bench-rest shooter; I am a hunter. I hunt rugged country throughout Wyoming. Some of the areas I hunt may be miles on foot or horse into the wilderness. I demand a scope that will not let me down. I have had other scopes fog up after hunting in the snow. When you are in the back country, you can’t run back to the truck to switch out gear. Equipment failure can ruin a hunt.

I believe this Vortex Viper is up to the challenge of fall hunting in the Rockies. I really like a scope that has a minimum zoom of 2.5x. I find this very useful for hunting elk in dark timber, when quick target acquisition, in low light, might make the difference between a full freezer and an empty belly.  With the 10x maximum zoom, I feel comfortable taking those longer shots. The 44mm objective lens on the Viper lets in a ton of light. This scope may extend my shooting time by an extra 30 minutes in the morning and evening. The clear, sharp image and the B.D.C reticle have added 150 yards to my shooting range. Other features that I think will be very useful are the windage marking on the reticIe which can be used to accurately estimate range–very useful in hunting situations.  I really love how these turrets adjust. They are easy to use and once you are sighted in, you can reset the markers to your own personal zero.

I know there are many good scopes out there. The biggest reason I love this scope is the support I get form Vortex. The lifetime unconditional warranty is unbeatable! Period! Every time I have had a question about a product, Vortex has been friendly and helpful. This scope is the same price or less than other comparable scopes, and Vortex is a U.S,-based company. I highly recommend this scope! Happy hunting and shooting!

This review was written by Jeff Wohl a Vortex Customer and provided for use by Vortex Optics.

Vortex Recon Review

Vortex Recon

Here is my review of the Recon R/T  15×50.  First here is a bit of background on myself. I am a Staff Sergeant in the U.S Army Infantry and know all about the abuse equipment must be able to handle to survive in the field with us. I am currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to the mountains of Afghanistan. I use the Recon R/T daily on combat missions. I have drug it through the rain, snow and mud at 10,000ft above sea level without incident. The Ranging reticle is a real life saver……literally. Recon gives  you the ability to rapidly acquire targets and within seconds get an accurate range on human silhouettes without having to push buttons or worry about not getting a reading from a non-reflective target which commonly happens with laser range finders. If you’re faced with a non silhouette type target you have the option of using the MRAD reticle to MIL your targets. The clarity of the Recon R/T is unrivaled by any handheld monocular I have ever used. The crispness of the image really makes a difference in my line of work. The anti-reflective coating on the lenses is key when being used in a combat environment; the Recon R/T lets you see without being seen. Vortex has given you the choice on which side you want to mount the hand strap on to accommodate both right and left handed people. There are also 3 mounting options for the utility clip which leaves the user options when mounting the Recon R/T to their kit. Though I have not used the tripod or the picatanny rail mount I’m sure those will perform just as the rest of the kit, flawlessly. The Recon R/T is worth its weight in gold when it comes to a piece of combat gear that I would not go on mission without. I would recommend this optic to any war fighter or sportsman alike. Last but not least is the unconditional warranty provided by Vortex Optics which I personally have had the pleasure of dealing the customer service of Vortex Optics which is second to none. I give the Vortex Optics Recon R/T 15×50 a 5 stars, 2 thumbs up review.


A Soldier and a Sportsman

Title: Vortex Talon HD and Diamondback review from 330 Outdoors.

2012 SHOT Show – Vortex Crossfire Rifle Scopes

2012 SHOT Show – Vortex Crossfire Rifle Scopes