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Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60x52 vs Nightforce Competition 15-55x52

Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60x52Nightforce Competition 15-55x52

Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60x52 vs Nightforce Competition 15-55x52

Introduction to Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60×52 vs Nightforce Competition 15-55×52

  • Both Vortex and Nightforce are two magnificent pieces of equipment with their producers based in the US.

  • They are used for F-class shooting and target shooting

  • We will compare two very similar yet so different scopes

  • Nightforce has a very respectable place in this category since it si longer in the game but Vortex answered back to the competition and delivered a very strong competitor

  • Even though Golden eagle is Vortex´s first try in this category they showed they can take on the heavyweights.

Video Review of Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60×52 Rifle Scope

Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60×52 Reticle Subtensions

 Video Review of the Nightforce Competition 15-55×52 Rifle Scope


Nightforce Competition 15-55×52 Reticle Subtensions



Vortex Golden Eagle vs Nightforce Competition Comparison Table

  Nightforce Competition 15-55x52

Nightforce Competition 15-55x52

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Vortex Golden Eagle HD 15-60x52

Vortex Golden Eagle HD 15-60x52

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Short Description Nightforce Competition 15-55x52 Vortex Golden Eagle HD 15-60x52
Manufacturer NightForce Vortex
Color Black No
Diopter adjustment - -2.5 / +2 Dpt
Twilight Factor - -
Light transmittance - -
Built in Range finder No No
Working temperature range - -
Fogproof Yes Yes
Water proof Yes Yes
Shock proof Yes Yes
Made in USA Japan
In production since - 2016
Variable magnification Yes Yes
Tube size/diameter 30 mm 30 mm
Type of mount rail No 30 mm
Parallax setting - -
Parallax adj. Yes - side focus Yes - side focus
Parallax adustment range 23 m to inf 13 m - inf.
Fast focus eyepiece type - Yes
Reticle illumination No No
Usable at daytime No No
Illumination color - -
Reticle position No 2. focal plane - SFP
Click Value No 3.5mm/100m - 1/8MOA
Filled with Nitrogen Nitrogen
Lens coatings Fully Multicoated Fully Multicoated
Special features Fogproof, Fully multicoated, Parallax adjustment, Shockproof, Tactical Turrets, Variable, Waterproof Fast focus, Fogproof, Fully multicoated, Parallax adjustment, Shockproof, Tactical Turrets, Variable, Waterproof
Objective size diameter 61 mm 61 mm
Reticle No No
Warranty 30 years 10 years
Type of Turret Tactical Tactical
Number of Turret Turns MT - Multi Turn MT - Multi Turn
Automatic Turn Off - -
Direction of turret rotation No CCW
Lens size diameter. 52.0000 61.4946
Maximal field of view. 2.3400 2.1100
Min. magnification. 16.7000 16.7000
Weight. 882.9800 941.1000
Max. magnification. 61.2400 66.8100
Minimal eye relief. 80.0000 117.0763
Size of Dot. No No
Length. 462.1100 459.8600
Mount length. 180.2200 211.9300
Minimal exit pupil. 1.0400 0.8900
Minimal field of view. 0.6100 0.5600
Elevation - mrad. 17.8100 17.8100
Mounting rail. No No
Locking turrets No No
Zero-Stop No No
Scope Rail Standard No No
Mounting Standard No -
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Vortex vs Nightforce Price Comparison

There is quite a difference between the products. Vortex golden eagle 15-60×52 costs 2119,00€ when Nightforce Competition 15-55×52 on the other hand costs 3109,00€. The price gap here is quite significant even though all functions are similar with the exception of the optical clarity.

Vortex vs Nightforce Body Comparison

If we take a look at the weight we can see that the Vortex(842g) outweighs the Nightforce(790g), but the weight is almost unnoticeable.

Nightforce might be lighter but it is slightly longer for just 2mm but this is not worth mentioning.

Last but not least difference is the parallax adjustment where the Vortex can go a bit lower to 13 meters where Nightforce can go 23 meters.

Both products are available in black.

Vortex vs Nightforce Optics Comparison

The maximal magnification on Vortex is slightly better since it can offer 5 times more magnification than the competitor but they both have the same minimal magnification of 15x times.

The field of view is comparable. The biggest difference is in eye relief, which is much bigger on Vortex, this is most noticeable on weapons with strong recoil.

The central sharpness in our opinion seems crisper and more detailed the Nightforce scope, the same goes for edge sharpness. Nightforce is opticaly better in all aspects. 

Both scopes have the same inner reflections, but they are noticeable only in bright sunlight. On the Vortex, this is a bit stronger.

Eye-box is better on the Nightforce, especially on the bigger magnification you have to be very centered to have a clear picture on the Vortex.

Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60×52

Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60x52


  • offers 5 times more magnification

  • much better eye relief(bigger)

  • cost-efficient


  • eye-box is not as good on the bigger magnification

Nightforce Competition 15-55×52

Nightforce Competition 15-55x52


  • lighter

  • 30-year warranty

  • very good central and edge sharpness

  • Optically probably the best scope on the market with only few that can compare( March Highmaster)


  • costly

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