A handful of Black Friday Vortex binoculars deals have just landed. These top-rated binos are great for a range of activities, including stargazing and birdwatching. We’re obviously biased towards the former pursuit, but wildlife lovers will appreciate the extra flexibility of these optics.
Vortex itself operates out of Barneveld, Wisconsin, and currently sells binoculars alongside other related accessories. The company’s best binoculars for stargazing boast 42mm – 50mm apertures and offer 8-10x magnification. The bigger the aperture, the more light gathered by the lenses and the better your chances of spotting faint, distant stars.
Below, you’ll find our favorite Vortex models displayed alongside their lowest prices. We’ve also highlighted the best deals currently available on all Vortex models – we’ll refresh this page in the run up to Black Friday, so do bookmark it and return if you’re searching for the best discounts.
While we do really rate these binos, they tend to be a bit heavy for younger stargazers. Have a look through out round-up of the best binoculars for kids if you’re specifically looking for child-friendly equipment. Or, if you’re open to a wider range of brands, read through our complete guide to the best Black Friday binoculars deals, which has a wider range of discounts.
As a final bit of advice, we’re seeing deals disappear quite quickly this year – so do snap up any bargains you see while they’re still available.
Today’s best Black Friday Vortex binoculars deals
Vortex Optics Raptor binoculars
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 8.5×32 pair is also available.
Vortex Optics Crossfire binoculars
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 8×42, 10×42, and 12×50 pairs.
Vortex Optics Kaibab HD binoculars
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
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 12×50, 10×42, and 8×42 pairs.