Vortex is a trusted name in optics, so if you're looking for a gift for a stargazer, we'd suggest you check out Vortex binocular deals. At first glance, it may seem like there are plenty of binocular deals for your Christmas wish lists — but we would caution you to stick with names you trust, like Celestron, Meade, Nikon, and Vortex. Vortex has many deals on high-quality binoculars for stargazers and wildlife enthusiasts alike — including $100 off the 10x42 Viper binoculars.
Vortex binoculars can endure long-time use, provide super clear views, and are easy to focus. Vortex makes both expensive, very high-end binoculars and more affordable options that still give you excellent quality for the price.
While plenty of people prefer a telescope, we actually think that the best binoculars can give you a great view of the night sky. What you get is a really immersive view that allows you to scan nearby stars. With plenty of sales on Vortex binos right now, you can grab a quality pair of skywatching binoculars for a great price.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best Vortex binoculars deals — but if you’re looking for more discounts on stargazing equipment, have a scroll through our article on the best telescope deals.
Best Vortex binoculars deals
- Get up to 20% off Vortex binoculars on Amazon
- Save up to $100 on select Vortex products at BHphoto
- There’s up to 27% off certain Vortex models on Adorama
Vortex Optics Diamondback 8x42 |
Was $269 | Now $219.99
There's $50 off these top-quality binos from Vortex, which boast multi-coated lenses and a dielectric coating. A rugged construction and rubberized grip means that they're fairly sturdy, too - and as they're much lighter than the above option, you won't need a tripod to use them.
Vortex Optics Raptor binoculars
Our favorites: Raptor 10x32
Price: $129, Objective: 32mm, Magnification: 10x, Field of view: 6.3°, Length: 114mm, Weight: 500g.
A porro prism design with an angle of view of 6.3°, this is the largest pair Vortex makes in the Raptor range. The 32mm objective could be larger for stargazing, to let in more light, but this pair would make an excellent multipurpose set of binoculars.
With an interpupillary distance that swings from 50-70mm (2-2.8in) these are suitable for all the family, even those who may have had trouble resolving an image with other pairs, and the multicoated optics enhance resolution and contrast, while rubber O-rings keep out the water and dust. A diopter adjuster on the right eyepiece allows you to make small changes to account for differences between your eyes, and the center-mounted focus adjuster is smooth and easily found with the fingertips.
The other thing to notice about these binoculars is the price. At just $129 MSRP you’re getting a lot of optics for your money, and they might be the only binoculars you ever need. An 8.5x32 pair is also available.
Vortex Optics Crossfire binoculars
Our favorites: Crossfire HD 10x50
Price: $219 Objective: 50mm, Magnification: 10x, Field of view: 6.1°, Length: 170mm, Weight: 863g.
A flat prism design, but a good one, these are longer and heavier than the Raptors, but make up for it in astronomy terms by having larger 50mm lenses that gather more light.
Younger or smaller users may struggle with the minimum interpupillary distance of 60mm, and the additional weight may prompt the purchase of a tripod and adapter for long periods looking at the night sky.
The optics are fully multicoated and the body rubber-sealed against water and dirt. Nitrogen purging of the elements means they’re less likely to fog up in colder weather, and a rainguard is also included. Also available are 8x42, 10x42, and 12x50 pairs.
Vortex Optics Kaibab HD binoculars
Our favorites: Kaibab HD 18x56
Price: $1,299.99, Objective: 56mm, Magnification: 18x, Field of view: 3.7°, Length: 195mm, Weight: 1,233g.
A large, heavy pair of binoculars designed for use with a tripod (and bundled with an adapter) these may be intended for picking out shy deer from a hillside a mile away, but those larger than normal objective lenses give them just the light-gathering power you want for night-sky use.
This is balanced out by the high magnification, which can lead to dimmer images, but the Kaibabs’ excellent coated optics - fully multicoated, with dielectric mirror coatings on the prism surfaces - plus the use of an extra low dispersion glass element - means you’re not losing too much light to the inner workings of the binoculars, and it’s being focused sharply to avoid color fringing.
If you can afford them, mount them, and deal with carrying them and a tripod around, then these will provide fine views of lunar features and areas such as Orion’s belt, but are less useful for wide star fields.
Vortex Optics Viper HD binoculars
Our favorites: Viper HD 10x50
Price: $729.99, Objective: 50mm, Magnification: 10x, Field of view: 6.6°, Length: 165mm, Weight: 805g.
Light and compact, the Viper HD binoculars are perfect for carrying with you all day, transitioning from day-time wildlife watching to night-time star spotting.
From the tough rubber coating to the broad and easy to reach focus adjuster, it’s clear these are the kind of class act we’ve come to expect from Vortex. The Viper HD binoculars contain the company’s HD optics, which are multicoated for better light transmission and extra-low dispersion to correct for colored fringing - something especially important in the high-contrast views you get of the Moon, for example. The roof prism is a Bak-4 design, with phase correction coatings to really boost that contrast. Despite being lightweight, holding binoculars up to the sky for long periods can be tiring, so there's a tripod mount provided, though you’ll need to buy an adapter separately.
Note that there may be multiple versions of the Viper binoculars on sale out there - in 2018 the range received a new optical construction with a slightly wider field of view, and switched from a nitrogen purge to an argon filling to prevent fogging. Also available are 12x50, 10x42, and 8x42 pairs.