The top-scoring scopes in the $2,000-plus range.
Angled Viewing Fluoride Objective Lens CentricDrive Focus Requires Eyepiece Magnesium Chassis Nitrogen-Purged: Waterproof and Fogproof The MeoStar S2 82 HD Angled from Meopta
is a technologically advanced Porro spotting scope and a precision long
distance observation instrument. The angled eyepiece socket allows
longer stress free viewing sessions with a more comfortable view of
targets near the zenith. The multi-coatings which are proprietary
MB5501TM ion assisted, deliver an exceptionally bright image. The
exceptionally sized 82mm objective lens boasts extra-low dispersion,
two-part fluoride element and HD resolution providing increased contrast
and vivid color fidelity while eliminating chromatic aberration or
color. An oversized, silky smooth, central drive makes focusing easy -
even when wearing thick gloves. The internal magnesium chassis keeps the
scope lightweight and strong. A quick-release bayonet mount allows
rapid eyepiece changes with the push of a button and an integrated lens
shade reduces glare in challenging light conditions. For birders and
nature lovers, the MeoStar S2 82 HD will deliver bright, precise images
from incredible distances.
Eyepiece not included
MeoBright - A proprietary ion-assisted lens multi-coating
applied to all air-to-glass optical surfaces. Developed by Meopta,
MeoBright ion- assisted multi-coatings eliminate glare and reflections
and delivers an industry leading 99.8% light transmission per lens
MeoShield - MeoShield ion-assisted coating protects external
lens surfaces and delivers enhanced resistance to scratching or abrasion
in extreme conditions. MeoShield meets military specifications for
durability and surface hardness.
MeoDrop - MeoDrop is a proprietary hydrophobic lens coating
designed to repel water, grease, skin oils and lens surface contaminates
that can impair clarity. This microscopic hydrophobic layer - applied
to external lens surfaces - repels water so aggressively that rain and
moisture forms a tight ball and simply rolls off the lens surface.
MeoDrop coated lenses are easily wiped clean with no smudging or
smearing, stay clean longer and maintain the highest level of visual
HD Lens Elements - High-definition, extra-low dispersion,
fluoride objective lens elements eliminate chromatic aberration (CA) or
color fringing in challenging lighting conditions and deliver pin point
resolution, increased contrast and vivid color fidelity.
CentricDrive - An oversized, mid-body focus control features a
large rubberized wheel that is easy to manipulate for fine focus
requirements or when moving rapidly from close subjects to extended
distances. The CentricDrive is comfortable to use and easily
accommodates users wearing thick gloves.
Eyepieces - 30x-60x WA and 20x-70x variable magnification eyepiece options. Multi-position twist-up eyecup accommodates all users.
Bayonet Eyepiece Mount - Quick release, bayonet mount automatically locks eyepiece securely into place and unlocks with the push of a button.
Tripod Collar and Mount - The rotating tripod collar allows a
smooth 360 degree rotation of the scope body for viewing in any
orientation and locks securely in place. The low profile mounting foot
directly engages Manfrotto type tripod heads and features a Quater inch x
20 thread to accommodate numerous aftermarket quick release plates.
Integrated Sun Shade - Integrated, retractable anodized aluminum
sun shade keeps moisture and stray light off lenses in challenging
lighting conditions. Built-in aiming element makes subject acquisition
quick and easy.
Chassis Construction - Magnesium and aluminum alloy chassis is
lightweight yet extremely rugged. Beautifully sculpted rubber armor
provides shock protection in the field or during transport.
Lens Components - Individual lens components are meticulously ground and polished in-house and precisely matched for superior performance.
Prism System - Precisely ground and finished Schimdt-Pechan
prism system is polished to within +/- 1 second and allows hours of
extended glassing without eye strain.
Waterproof - All spotting scopes are 100% guaranteed waterproof, submersible and are fully protected against humidity, rain and snow.
Fogproof - All spotting scopes are purged and sealed with inert Nitrogen gas to provide 100% guaranteed fogproof performance. Specifications
Objective Lens Diameter 82 mm Minimum Focus Distance 13.6' / 4.15 m Mounting Thread Bayonet Mount Filter Thread Not provided by manufacturer Weatherproofing Waterproof Dimensions 13.4" / 340 mm Weight 50.4 oz / 1.430 kg
Package Weight 4.4 lb Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.1 x 6.1 x 5.8"
Meopta MeoStar S2 82 HD Angled
Push-On Front & Rear Eyepiece Caps
Lifetime Transferrable Warranty
The Meopta MeoStar S2 82 HD is an outstanding spotting scope that
performs as well as any scope I've ever had the pleasure of looking
through. If you set aside the “brand blindness that often narrows
selection at the top end of the scope market, and assess the S2 purely
on the merit of its optical performance and build quality, it's up there
with the very best.
Meopta has a real contender on its hands with this scope if you're
shopping for a premium spotting scope then I highly recommend trying
one for yourself if you get the chance. MeoStar S2 82 has earned the BEST VALUE rating from Petersen’s Hunting magazine
Meopta’s highly acclaimed, European-made MeoStar S2 82 spotting scope
has earned the BEST VALUE rating from Petersen’s Hunting magazine. The
extensive test conducted by the Petersen’s Hunting optics team included
more than $40,000 worth of spotting scopes featuring 80mm or larger
objectives and an angled eyepiece from multiple optics manufacturers. A
total of 14 scopes were tested and Meopta received the second highest
score overall, beating out many highly-regarded, big-name brands from
Europe and around the globe. This review is seen in both the Petersen’s
Hunting September issue and its 2014 Annual Gear Issue and further
enhances Meopta’s ever-growing reputation for exceptional performance
Here is some of what the team had to say about Meopta’s spotting scope:
“The Meopta is an incredible optic………Priced at $2,200…the MeoStar
earns our Best Buy Award for offering an image that rivals scopes
costing twice as much.”
“The MeoStar offers a very sharp, crisp image with a hint of warm
tint. In fact, this scope tested near-perfect scores during the two
100-yard resolutions tests.”
“Color fidelity was true…the MeoStar offers a perfect weight balance….It was no problem reading signage placed at one mile.”
Reinhard Seipp, general manager and COO of Meopta USA, said, “We
greatly appreciate the time and effort the Petersen’s Hunting team put
into this comprehensive test. Their findings further validate what
those who have used our product already know, and that is Meopta is
synonymous with performance and value. In fact, many of our sales
occur as a result of word of mouth. Hunters try our optics and tell
their friends about them. We appreciate this and our focus will
continue to be on our customers and giving them the best optical
performance possible at a great price point.”