When hunting in big, open land, finding game can play a big part in the challenge. This makes a powerful pair of binoculars necessary. If you’re looking for optics that can handle those large hunting spaces without burning a giant hole in your wallet, you might want to check out the Vortex Diamondback HD 15×56.
Billed as a binocular that “punches high above its class,” the optics offer a selection of high-end features while coming in on the more affordable end of the scale. If you’re going to be hunting on wide, open country, you will need optics that pack as much magnification, clarity, and sharpness as your budget will allow and this thing offers arguably one of the best optical capabilities you’re going to find at this price point.
The Vortex Diamondback HD 15×56 puts 15x magnification in your arsenal, making it a viable set of optics for long-distance glassing, with its 230-feet linear field of view at 1000 yards allowing you to spot out whatever game you’re seeking from far away. It provides that magnification using glass elements that claim to “deliver exceptional resolution, cut chromatic aberration, and provide outstanding color fidelity,” all while managing to keep everything weighing just 34.8 ounces, which is impressively lightweight for 15x binoculars.
Multiple coatings ensure optimal function for all of these glass elements, too. These include an anti-reflective layer on all air-to-glass surfaces for increased light transmission, dielectric prism coating for bright and clear colors, phase correction coating for enhanced contrast, and Armor-Tek coating to reinforce all exterior lenses against dirt, oil, and scratches. Suffice to say, these optics are meant to provide sharp images from edge-to-edge, ensuring you don’t miss anything going on while glassing big mountains and wide country fields.
The Vortex Diamondback HD 15×56 is, of course, built to perform in the rugged outdoors. That’s why the magnesium chassis comes covered in a rubber exterior that provides a secure, non-slip grip while also absorbing the brunt of most hits from knocks and drops, as well as O-ring seals to keep moisture, dust, and debris from interfering with the optics inside. The construction itself is designed to withstand recoil and impact, so it should hold up even when taking harder hits. To ensure optimal optics in every condition, it uses argon gas to prevent internal fogging, so you can spot bears, bucks, and even Bigfoot no matter the prevailing weather.
Other features include an angular field of view of 4.4 degrees, a close focus of 14 feet, adjustable eyecups that you can twist up or down to accommodate glasses, a center focus wheel that adjusts both binocular barrels simultaneously, and a diopter for individually adjusting each side. It comes with lens and eyepiece covers, a carrying case, a neck strap, and even a tripod adapter, since you’re likely to spend more time actually searching for game rather that shooting your hunting rifle, which means you’ll want to use something other than your arms to hold up those binoculars.
The Vortex Diamondback HD 15×56 is available now, priced at $474.99.