There’s a European optics manufacturer that up to now has had a low profile here in the States, but that is likely to change. I say that for two reasons: 1) they make superb products, and 2) they are priced considerably less that the prestige Euro optics. I’m talking about Meopta, a company based in Prerov, Czech Republic, which is about 175 miles east of Prague, one of my all-time favorite cities of Europe. Though you may not have heard of them, it’s not because they’re a small, Gettpetto’s workshop kind of operation; in fact, they employ 2200 skilled craftsmen within a 1.45 million square foot complex where they produce world-class optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electrical products for consumer, industrial and military markets around the world.
Meopta’s current riflescope offerings consists of the 8 models in the MeoStar R1 line, all based on 30mm body tubes, while the 7-model MeoPro line is based on 1” tubes. All feature one-piece body tubes with integral adjustment turrets. There’s also the ZD Tactical line which consists of two red dot and two reflex sights, along with two conventional scopes. Among the 17 scopes, 13 reticles are offered, five of which are illuminated. Of course Meopta also manufacturers binoculars and spotting scopes.
Anyway, the scope sent us for evaluation was a 6×42 MeoPro, the only scope among the 17 offered that is of fixed power. Why a fixed power in this age of variables? Because Meopta’s press relations person, Shannon Jackson, knew that I’m a proponent of fixed 6x scopes for general hunting, and that most of my personal rifles are so equipped. I have it mounted on a Montana Rifle Co. Timberline model in 7mm WSM. I haven’t had a lot of range time with the gun, but so far I’m impressed with the optics and the precision of the adjustments.
The one model I’m more anxious to see is a scope that was just introduced this past January at SHOT; it’s a 3-12×56 RGD with a dual zone red/green illuminated reticle. This scope has 7 levels of reticle intensity to match harsh daylight to dead-of-night conditions. The red dot illumination is most visible in twilight to night conditions, while the green is most visible in daylight. Considering its features, its MSRP of $1439 puts it about a grand less than its Euro competitors.—Jon Sundra
Meopta has a slick new adapter that lets you take incredible close up, long range photos with your iPhone. The MeoPix iScoping Adapter cradles your iPhone and simply slips over a spotting scope or binocular eyepiece at the right eye relief distance to use your spotting scope basically as a huge telescopic lens for the phone’s camera.
As a pre-season scouting tool, such an arrangement is especially helpful to outfitters and professional guides who are spotting game anyhow, and can now take large, clear photos (and video) of the game in their hunting areas for potential clients to see. For hunters who are serious about record book entries, it makes it possible to photograph game, and then take the time to really size up the quality of a potential trophy. And since the photos are stored on your phone, you can instantly blast them out to friends so they can enjoy seeing what you see as well.
The Harris antelope ground squirrel you see here was photographed behind SCI Headquarters at about 50 yards using an iPhone 4 and Meopta’s SD 82 HD spotting scope set on 60x. To give you some idea of how “close up” you can now get with your phone, this species of squirrel stands about five inches tall.
Meopta USA expands its flagship MeoStar line with the introduction of the new MeoStar 3-12×56 RGD DualZone 30mm riflescope. Positioned at the top of the premium riflescope segment, the MeoStar series is unanimously praised for its superior lowlight optical abilities, precision mechanics and ultimate reliability in adverse conditions.
Meopta incorporated its innovative DualZone red/green illuminated reticle system into the new MeoStar 3-12×56 RGD creating a riflescope capable of handling any hunting situation one might encounter. Like all other MeoStar riflescopes, the new 3-12×56 RGD DualZone is made in Europe at Meopta’s state-of-the art Czech Republic headquarters.
“Our new MeoStar 3-12×56 RD is a super-versatile riflescope, destined to be one of our best sellers ever,” said Reinhard Seipp, general manager and COO of Meopta USA. “The addition of our innovative DualZone red/green dot reticle to this 3-12×56 model takes an already great scope to the next level by ensuring exceptional illuminated reticle performance in the brightest sun or lowest light. This advanced reticle system, combined with our Twilight Optimized Optics and 56mm objective, makes this new scope a ‘must see’ for serious hunters.”
The MeoStar 3-12×56 RGD DualZone is the ideal choice for hunters shooting at mid- to long-range distances who hunt in rapidly changing, bright daylight to dark of night and every condition in between. Reticle options: 4CRGD illuminated in the first focal plane.
MeoStar 3-12×56 RGD DualZone Key Features:
Made in the Czech Republic at Meopta’s European headquarters.
TO2 (Twilight Optimized Optics) system delivers the highest light transmission when you need it most–in the low light of dawn and dusk.
Proprietary multilayer ion-assisted lens coatings. MeoBright coating eliminates glare and reflections and delivers incredibly bright and sharp images across the field of view. MeoShield coating protects external lens surfaces from abrasions and scratches.
DualZone illumination system. Highly defined red and green illumination with 7 levels of reticle intensity to match harsh daylight to dead of night conditions. The red dot illumination excels in twilight to nighttime conditions while the green dot illumination is easy to see in very bright daylight conditions. A low profile third turret control is quick to use yet stays out of the way. Intermediate off positions between every setting lets hunters find their preferred illumination setting quickly.
MeoTrak II posi-click finger adjustable windage and elevation turrets deliver precise click adjustment with superior repeatability and unparalleled tracking capability and ultimate accuracy. Positive tactile and audible clicks ensure accurate zeroing and adjustability in the field.
MeoQuick fast-focus eyepiece rapidly brings your target into sharp focus and provides extra diopter travel to accommodate a wider range of visual acuity variations.
The 30mm, one-piece aircraft grade aluminum tube is hard anodized. Nitrogen purged, fog-proof and shock-proof for life.
Covered by Meopta’s North American Lifetime Transferable Warranty.
New for 2013, Meopta USA introduces four new MeoPro models to its popular and affordable 1-inch riflescope series. Recognized for its outstanding optics, precision mechanics and reliability, Meopta now offers the advanced RedZone (RZ) illuminated reticle system in its new MeoPro 3.5-10×44 RedZone model. Also new are the MeoPro 3.5-10×44, 3-9×50, and fixed power 6×42. All MeoPro riflescopes are built in America and deliver impressive performance, distinctive design and exceptional value to the modern hunter.
“We’re excited to add these impressive new riflescopes to our MeoPro series,” said Reinhard Seipp, general manager and COO of Meopta USA. “Brighter scopes are a tremendous advantage to hunters as are illuminated reticles in many circumstances. Our new 3.5-10×44 RedZone–with its precise daylight and nighttime illumination–will command serious attention as will our 3-9×50 which follows our ‘brighter is better’ rule. More light means hunters can get out earlier and stay out longer. And like all of our riflescopes, the newest MeoPro models feature our TO2 (Twilight Optimized Optics) system which delivers the highest light transmission when you need it most.” MeoPro Riflescope Key Features
Built in the USA
TO2 (Twilight Optimized Optics) system delivers the highest light transmission when you need it most – in the low light of dawn and dusk.
Proprietary ion assisted lens coatings. MeoBright coating eliminates glare and reflections and delivers incredibly bright and sharp images across the field of view. MeoShield coating protects external lens surfaces from abrasions and scratches.
RedZone illumination system (3.5-10×44 RZ). Highly-defined illumination with 7 levels of reticle intensity to match harsh daylight to dead of night conditions. A low profile third turret control is quick to use yet stays out of the way. Intermediate off positions between every setting lets hunters find their preferred illumination setting quickly.
MeoTrak II posi-click finger adjustable windage and elevation turrets deliver precise click adjustment with superior repeatability, unparalleled tracking capability and ultimate accuracy. Positive tactile and audible clicks ensure accurate zeroing and adjustability in the field.
MeoQuick fast-focus eyepiece rapidly brings targets into sharp focus and provides extra diopter travel to accommodate a wider range of visual acuity variations.
A 1-inch, one piece aircraft grade aluminum tube is hard anodized. All MeoPro riflescopes are nitrogen purged, fogproof and shockproof for life.
Covered by Meopta’s North American Lifetime Transferable Warranty.
The MeoPro 3.5-10×44 RZ and 3.5-10×44 models are the perfect balance of magnification range and objective size for all-around hunting situations.
Reticle options: 4CRZ illuminated, #4, Z-Plex and BDC in the second focal plane.
Weight: 16.7 oz.
MSRP: $779.99 – $959.99
The MeoPro 3-9×50 brings more glass to the hunt and extends shooting time in low light conditions.
Reticle options: #4, Z-Plex and BDC in the second focal plane.
Weight: 18.4 oz.
MSRP: $719.99 – $779.99
The fixed power MeoPro 6×42 exemplifies quality and simplicity. This fixed power scope is tuned to provide the best optical clarity and resolution when you need it.
Reticle Options: #1, #4 and Z-Plex
Weight: 15 oz.