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I hate to sound like I'm continually plugging Vortex, but when a company provides a great product at a reasonable price, then backs that product up with exceptional service, I feel compelled to share this with others.

 

Recently, I dropped my Razor 8X42 bino from about 8-10 feet and it landed on a rock, bending the right eye cup such that it would no longer move.  There appeared to be no other damage, and the two barrels appeared to remain in proper collimation.  I sent it back to Vortex for repair, explaining what had happened and that the damage was my fault.  A week later (yesterday), I received a package from Vortex, and to my surprise, inside was a brand new Razor!  Since I had the first generation Razor with the stiff focus, rather than repair the eyecup, they simply replaced it with the new Razor with the improved focuser!   The focuser on this model is MUCH smoother, more precise, and easier to rotate than the first generation focuser, eliminating my only real gripe about this bino!

 

I have no experience with any other Vortex product, but the Razor bino is definitely a first-class optic backed by first-class support!

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That is good to hear about Vortex, Ted. I have looked at the 15x63 Hawk Owl but don't have much info on them. They do have a tripod adapter that I need. Do you have anything to add to this series?
I am looking at the Steiner Senators which are available in 20X. I want some binoculars for watching ships at distances up to 15 miles and bird watching at various distances during the fall migrations across Lake Superior.
I find using my 7x42 Zeiss binos are far better for constant glassing than using a spotting scope. It looks as though 15x will be the minimum.
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Doug,

Other than the specs in the catalog and website, I have nothing to offer about the Hawk Owl.  I don't believe it has the ED glass and coatings of the Razor and Viper, since only "fully multicoated" is mentioned in the specs.  But, for the tripod viewing you want to do, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a try, especially since there aren't too many 15X and higher roofs to choose from and I believe they have a generous return policy. 

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