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Meopta MeoPro 20-60x80 HD Straight Spotting Scope
Meopta MeoPro 20-60x80 HD Spotting Scope (Angled View)

Meopta MeoPro 20-60x80 HD Straight Spotting Scope

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Your Price: CAD1,979.00
Retail Price:CAD2,098.95

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Winner of the Editor's Choice Award for 2016 from Outdoor Life Magazine!

Upshot: Crystal-clear schott glass, high-speed center-barrel focus, very appealing price

Most high-end spotting scopes ship with a variable-power eyepiece that can be swapped out for a fixed-power unit (usually 30X) that’s sold separately. The fixed-power eyepiece generally has better light transmission and field-of-view than the zoom. The problem is, few hunters actually buy the second eyepiece, so the versatility of the system is offset by the additional cost and dust-introducing components of the detachment mechanism.

Meopta has addressed this problem with the MeoPro 80, a lovely 80mm spotter that has an integrated, non-removable 20X–60X eyepiece. The simplicity of the scope allows Meopta to bring the MeoPro to market at about two-thirds of the cost of its flagship spotting scope, the 82mm MeoStar S2. But we found the MeoPro has nearly identical optical performance to its big brother.

It was runner-up in the 12-scope field for low-light performance. The MeoPro, assembled in the U.S. with Czech components, wowed the test team with its edge clarity, brightness, and durablity. In a competitive field of high-power units, the Meopta was the spotter that testers reached for most frequently when they wanted to glass bull elk on a mountainside miles away, or to assess hits on our 600-yard rifle target.


The straight-through viewing MeoPro 20-60x80 HD Spotting Scope from Meopta combines a powerful 20-60x eyepiece, extra-low dispersion fluoride glass lenses, and a suite of optical coatings to make this spotter optimized for long distance and low-light performance.

Its wide magnification range allows you scan wide swaths of the landscape for subjects on low power with the ability to quickly zoom in and make detailed observations and identification. A large 80mm objective lens is engineered for maximum light-gathering ability with complementary fully multi-coated lenses to maximize light transmission, enhance image contrast, and improve clarity and resolution. Exposed lens surfaces are also protected from scratches and abrasions and the buildup of water and other contaminants that can interfere with clear views.

Durable construction details and a user-friendly design match the optical performance of the MeoPro 80 spotting scope. The Centric-Drive focus wheel is oversized and textured for nonslip focusing in the rain or when wearing gloves. The objective housing is nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed to deliver fog and waterproof imaging in freezing temperatures and high humidity. For added protection, the chassis is made of a lightweight and strong magnesium alloy to provide a shock-resistant foundation for the optical system. A retractable aluminum sunshade, long 18.5mm eye relief, and rotating/locking tripod collar make the MeoPro HD 80 a full-featured spotting scope for a wide range of outdoor activities.

Optical Performance

  • Powerful zoom eyepiece offers a wide 20-60x magnification range that enables the user to scan wide areas of the terrain for subjects with the ability to zoom in for detailed observation and identification
  • Large 80mm objective lens draws in the light required to ensure subjects remain bright and clear, especially when viewing at extreme distances at maximum magnification or in low and challenging light conditions
  • Eyepiece is integrated into the optical system so fewer lens elements are required for improved brightness
  • Extra-low dispersion fluoride glass corrects color fringing and other chromatic aberrations to ensure accurate colors
  • Ion-assisted MeoBright multi-coatings maximize light transmission to deliver enhanced low-light performance while suppressing reflection and glare
  • MeoShield coatings protect external lens surfaces and resist scratching and abrasion
  • Hydrophobic MeoDrop coatings repel water, grease, skin oils, and lens surface contaminants that can impair view clarity
  • 108-foot field of view at 1000 yards on 20x, 66-foot on 60x

Use and Handling

  • Eyepiece is set in line with the optical tube to make finding subjects faster and tracking moving subjects easier versus angled-viewing designs
  • Centric-Drive focus system features an oversized mid-body focus control with a large rubberized wheel that is easy to manipulate even when wearing thick gloves
  • Multi-position twist-up eyecup for comfortable use with or without eyewear
  • Extra-long 18.5mm exit pupil helps to reduce eyestrain to make viewing more comfortable
  • Wide 4mm exit pupil on 20x will cover most pupils as they open in low-light conditions

Construction Details

  • Lightweight and strong magnesium alloy chassis
  • Armored rubber body protects optics from impacts while offering a positive grip during setup and breakdown
  • Nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed to be waterproof and resistant to internal fogging in extreme conditions and temperatures
  • 360° rotating and locking tripod collar enables precise eyepiece placement based on viewing position or personal preference and comfort
  • Standard 1/4"-20 thread on foot for mounting on most photo/video/field tripods and heads, compatible with select Manfrotto quick release heads
  • Retractable sunshade improves contrast and clarity on bright and sunny days while minimizing the threat of lens flare
 

Meopta MeoPro HD Specs

Design
Viewing AngleStraight
Performance
Magnification20 to 60x
Objective Lens Diameter80 mm
Field of View20x: 107.6' @ 1000 yd / 35.7 m @ 1000 m
60x: 65.7' @ 1000 yd / 21.8 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance19.7' / 6.0 m
Exit Pupil Diameter20x: 4 mm
60x: 1.3 mm
Eye Relief18.5 mm
Diopter Correction-5.0 to +5.0
Features
FogproofYes, Nitrogen Filled
Water ResistanceWaterproof
General
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
DimensionsL: 15.2" / L: 38.6 cm 
Weight4.2 lb / 1.9 kg

In the Box

  • Meopta MeoPro 20-60x80 HD Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing)
  • Objective Lens Cover
  • Ocular Lens Cover
  • Lens Cloth
  • Case
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
 


How does the cost difference between the MeoPro and the MeoStar affect features?

Optically, the MeoPro and the MeoStar are practically identical. But, there are a couple differences that keeps the MeoPro in the more affordable price range.

The first is the fixed eyepiece of the MeoPro. While the MeoStar S2 can use different variable eyepieces, the 20-60X can’t be removed. And, for most hunters, this is completely acceptable.

The other difference is in the eyepieces of the MeoStar itself. There’s a nifty little system that, obviously, the MeoPro doesn’t have because the eyepiece can’t be changed out.

Expert Verdict

The scoop on the scope is, the Meopta MeoPro 20-60X80 spotter is a great deal for the quality. We’re rooting for the underdog, and the only reason they’re the underdog is because hardly anyone knows about them. But, when you recognize the high quality and superior optics of this spotter, you’ll know the price is more than fair. However, it doesn’t get much smaller than this. This is about as slim and lightweight as it gets for Meopta.

Knowing that you’re going big with Meopta scopes, you might like the MeoStar S2 82 HD. It comes in both straight and angled bodies, and it even includes for interchangeable eyepieces. You can check it out here – https://www.targettamers.com/spotting-scopes/meostar-s2-82-hd-review/.

If you want to stick with a brand you know a lot more, the NightForce TS-80 20-60x80mm Hi-Def spotting scope is right up your alley . It has everything the Meopta has, but it’s got the NightForce (NF) brand behind its build. When it’s NF and practically indestructible, “the force is with you!”

But, if you don’t need the power of Star Wars in the hunt or taking long-distance photos of rare birds, Meopta will be force enough. In fact, we liked this optic so much we have it a spot on our list ot the best high-end spotting scopes,  If the underdog has been nationally recognized by renown hunting media sources, it’s dang-well good enough for us!


Meopta Meopro 80mm-HD / 20x-60x Angled Spotting scope review
By The Teal Guy.

I have now owned this spotting scope for about a year; and have been able to compare it side by side almost on a weekly bases with a Leica APO 82mm, a Leica APO 77mm, a Swarovski ATX-85mm, Spotting scopes, and a Minox MD-62w-ED spotting scope. (I am an equipment geek; and bring people out Birding. Letting them Demo all the different spotting scopes and binoculars that I own: while they are out in a Birding environment! So that they can make an educated purchase without any possible undue influence by a profit motivated sales person? I purchase all the equipment with my own fund's.) This Meopta MeoPro 80mm HD is an excellent value at it's selling price from B&H Photo! Possibly the best value on the market for an 80mm spotting scope? Compared to the big three: it is at least 50% less in cost! It is bright, gives a clear sharp view, it has a smooth center barrel focus control wheel (which is easy to control with gloves on in the winter), the zoom control knob/wheel on the eyepiece is smooth in operation. (The zoom eyepiece is affixed at the factory: so it can never accidently fall out. Which cut's down on the manufacturing cost, and over-all cost of the product to the consumer.) It is rubber armored, and accepts an 86mm UV Haze filter.(I use UV Haze filters on all my spotting scopes that will accept a filter!) If there is anything negative at all about this spotting scope: it would be that it is a little on the heavy side? Even for a large 80mm objective lens sized spotting scope. This can be overcome somewhat by using a good lightweight carbon fiber tripod with it. This spotting scope is one of my absolute favorite spotting scopes! When I am out Birding alone; this spotting scope is always set up along side my Swarovski ATX-85mm spotting scope. In all do honesty; I can not say enough about how much a value this spotting scope is for the money, and how many nice features you get for the money spent on it. This is a top end spotting scope that the average person/Birder can afford without too much difficulty. The people at Meopta are great to deal with, and their warranty is excellent. (Yes; there are differences between it and the $$ super spotting scopes! But: unless you are a real technical optic's geek, and-or a optic's specialist? You would never be able to find, or barely be able to see the difference's? Even when shown some of the finer point differences when asked about: the average Birder's that I've encountered could not see, or stated that it was ever so slight! They would, or could never spend several thousand more to purchase the very,very best available. I don't think you could want for more, or get more for what this spotting scopes offer's for the selling price. And it's assembled in America using Zeiss Schott glass lenses!

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