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Meopta Meostar B1 Plus HD 15x56 Binocular
Meopta Meostar B1 Plus HD 15x56 Binocular

Meopta Meostar B1 Plus HD 15x56 Binocular

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Retail Price:CAD2,599.00

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The MeoStar B1 Plus Binocular represents the pinnacle of premium European optics from Meopta. Built on the legendary B1/B1.1 chassis with locking diopter, the B1 Plus features enhanced optical tolerances to provide even sharper images and greater optical performance. Redesigned exterior rubber armor gives the user a more solid grip, contoured to better fit in the hand for comfortable use in the field.
- Premium European Optics
- Aluminum Alloy Body
- MeoBright Coatings for Optimal Light Gathering
- Fluoride HD lens elements in 10x42, 12x50, and 15x56
- Locking Diopter Adjustment
- Ergonomically Designed Rubber Armor

Designed to be your go-to optic for long-range/low-light use in wide open and expansive terrain, like the plains of the American West, the Meopta 15x56 MeoStar B1 Plus HD Binoculars provides a superior viewing experience by combining well-engineered optics and a wide field of view with a lightweight and durable ergonomic housing.

The pairing of massive 56mm objectives with powerful 15x magnification produces a comfortable eye relief that ensures you won't get eye strain if you spend long hours looking through them. Extra-low dispersion (ED) fluoride glass lenses, treated with proprietary MeoBright multicoatings, and compact Schmidt-Pechan prisms deliver vivid true-color images that are bright and crisp even when observing small game at extreme distances or when you're scanning the landscape at first light or late dusk. The lenses are further treated with Meopta's proprietary MeoShield and MeoDrop exterior coatings that protect them from scratches and makes cleaning oils and other contaminants easy without leaving residue. These coatings ensure the lenses stay free from imperfections that can interfere with your glassing experience and let you immerse yourself in the view.

Meopta designed the binoculars with ergonomics in mind to minimize user fatigue during long observations. Its large center focusing wheel is easy to use with either hand and a locking dioptric correction dial, located on the focusing knob, ensures precise focusing even if you normally wear corrective eyeglasses. The housing is made from a lightweight and durable aluminum alloy that is center weighted by the prism design, so they sit comfortably in the hand. Protective rubber armor wraps the body and provides a slip-resistant grip, especially in cold and wet conditions. The housing is nitrogen filled and sealed to be waterproof and resistant to internal fogging in extreme conditions.

Optical Performance

  • Designed for use in wide and open terrain such as is found in the American West, where extreme long-distance observation and identification are common
  • Powerful 15x magnifies the view, allowing detailed observation and identification of distant subjects
  • Massive 56mm objective lenses draw in the large amounts of light required to deliver bright views in pre-dawn or deep dusk or when observing subjects at long distances
  • Schimdt-Pechan roof prism design allows for thinner optical tubes versus the more common Abbe-Koenig design, resulting in an easier-to-hold form factor without compromising performance
  • Extra-low dispersion (ED) fluoride glass objective lenses correct chromatic aberrations and fringing to deliver bright and clear high-contrast and high-resolution views with accurate color representation
  • Proprietary ion-assisted MeoBright multicoatings deliver 99.7% light transmission while suppressing glare
  • MeoShield exterior coating protects lenses from scratches or abrasions
  • MeoDrop lens coatings repel water and allow grease, skin oils, and surface contaminants to be removed without residue that can impair view clarity
  • Wide 63° apparent angle of view provides sweeping views of the terrain with reduced appearance of the distracting hand shake that is common when holding high-power optics
  • Generous 221-foot field of view at 1000 yards

Use and Handling

  • Closed-bridge configuration provides a solid and stable platform for the internal focusing mechanism
  • Large slip-resistant center focusing knob with ±3 dioptric correction dial is easy to manipulate in cold and wet conditions, even while wearing gloves
  • Locking diopter sets the desired correction against accidental adjustment
  • Wide 56-74mm interpupillary adjustment range
  • Twist-up rubber eyecups for easy use with or without eyewear
  • 15mm eye relief reduces eyestrain during long glassing sessions
  • 3.7mm exit pupil

Construction Details

  • Corrosion-resistant and durable aluminum housing
  • Rubberized armor protects chassis while offering a slip-resistant grip
  • Nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed to be waterproof and resistant to internal fogging in extreme conditions and temperatures
  • Tethered objective lens caps protect the lens surfaces without the fear of losing them when using the binoculars
  • 8" long
  • Weight: 43 ounces

Meopta B1 Plus Specs

Prism TypeRoof
Performance
Magnification15x
Objective Lens Diameter56 mm
Angle of View4.2° (Actual)
Field of View221' @ 1000 yd / 73.37 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance14.1' / 4.3 m
Exit Pupil Diameter3.7 mm
Eye Relief15.2 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment56 to 74 mm / 2.2 to 2.9"
Diopter Adjustment-3 to +3
Focus TypeCenter
Features
FogproofYes, Nitrogen Filled
Water ResistanceWaterproof
General
Dimensions7.9 x 5.6 x 2.4" / 20.07 x 14.22 x 6.1 cm
Weight43 oz / 1219 g

In the Box

  • Meopta 15x56 MeoStar B1 Plus HD Binoculars
  • 2 x Tethered Objective Caps
  • 2 x Ocular Caps
  • Carry Case
  • Neck Strap
  • Limited Transferable Lifetime Warranty

Gray’s Best Awards 2016

Between the standard 8- to 10-powered hunting binocular and the 20X to 30X spotting scope, there lies the neglected (but very useful) high-powered binocular. These can be carried on horseback, in vehicles, or on boats. Although high-powered binoculars have been available for a long time, most have one or two drawbacks: too heavy, too bulky, or too expensive if you get really good ones (and poor ones are useless). The Czech optics company, Meopta, has now entered this field with several models that combine the weight and bulk advantages of modern optics at a price most hunters can afford. Their Meostar B1 15×56 HD is the most powerful of the group, and with a price in the neighborhood of $1,600 retail, it is only about two-thirds the cost of comparable binoculars from other premium optics makers. Using such high-powered glass is almost an art in itself; they don’t require a tripod, like a spotting scope, but they do demand a solid rest. This can be a log, a rock with your pack as a cushion, or a horse’s saddle. For this reason, the design of the binocular is important. The Meopta fits the requirements perfectly, with soft rubber armor that grips firmly, and no sharp corners to cause rocking or tilting. For pure usability, it would be hard to imagine a better binocular of this class. Optically, of course, it is up there with the big European names. For those of a technical bent, all the details on glass, coatings, and light transmission can be found at the Meopta website. Practically, however, this is a GRAY’S BEST and then some.

http://www.grayssportingjournal.com/grays-best-awards-2016/8/



Customer review

I was able to spend a considerable amount of time behind both the new Swaro 15x56 and Meopta 15x56 HD's on a recent hunt here in Nevada. My client for the hunt showed up with a brand new set of the Swaros and I had purchased the Meoptas late this summer. The buck we hunted lived in a giant backcountry basin and had went completely nocturnal just a few days prior to the opener. It took 4 days total with an average of 10 hours per day on the glass to finally turn him and get him in the salt. I switched between the two pairs of binos frequently each day to see if I could find a difference between the two. After the conclusion of the hunt both I and the client agreed it was to close to pick an out right winner with the Swaros maybe being a bit more comfortable. The Meostars are a hell of a deal for anyone looking to break into the advantages that big glass on a tripod can give a guy.



 

B1 15X56 HD Binocular Q&A:

Q. Is this MeoStar a long range hunting binocular?

A. This 15X56 HD MeoStar is an excellent tool for long range hunting. In fact, it’s designed for the extreme ranges. This is usually the magnification range where rifle scopes end and binoculars excel at.

While hunting, you’ll be able to range your area well beyond 1000 yards with ease. If you’re actually shooting at these distances, then you’re going to need to make sure you have just as capable equipment to make that shot.

Perhaps, an extreme long range rifle scope picked from one of our Rifle Scope Reviews?

This binocular is also going to perform very well not only for hunting, but for nature observing and perhaps some astronomy as well.

Q. Is this a good binocular for low light hunting?

A. The 56 mm objective lens size might indicate to you that it’s an excellent low light binocular. But, let’s take a peek at the techs and specs to further analyze its capabilities.

With a 56 mm objective lens and 15X magnification, the math tells us that the exit pupil is 3.7 mm. Hmm.. From what we know about pupil dilation and dark conditions, the human pupil should be able to open up anywhere between 4 and 7 mm. Although the 56 mm objective lens might be larger to allow in more light, the exit pupil isn’t large enough to let it all through.

So, you’re really not getting maximum use of the large objective lens in the end.

However, if you can get your hands on a MeoStar 8X56 HD model, you’ll be able to get up to 7 mm of exit pupil. It might still be a little much for your eyes anyways, but that’s better than the 3.7 on the 15X56.

Unfortunately, you’re paying for the larger exit pupil by compromising your twilight factor capacities.

You still have to remember that the twilight transmission of 85 percent and the twilight factor of 29 are still decent figures. In the end, the difference that’s going to matter in making this a great low light hunting binocular is the quality of the glass.

All other aspects aside, if you have superb glass that’s the best of what you can get, that’s going to be more useful to you than any math, percentages, and comparisons.

Q. Has the MeoStar 15X56 HD binocular been recognized?

A. How could this binocular not? It’s so big that you can see it from a mile away. It attracted the attention of Gray’s Sporting Journal and won the prestigious award of Gray’s Best Winner for 2016.

For a bino that was just released into the market in 2015, this is a very deserving award it has earned, never mind the fact that Meopta could use the spot light to get its name out there.

Q. How big is the Meopta binocular?

A. I’ve been giving this MeoStar a hard time because of it’s magnification+objective lens size combo, but let’s actually take a look at its physical dimensions. It’s 7.87 x 5.59 x 2.36 inches.

Okay, this bino barely squeezes into the standard size pair of jeans with maybe a little bit of a muffin top – way to go. It’s not as big as I’ve made it out to be.

And, as a fun way to redeem myself to the 15X56, let’s take a look at the 8X56 model, you might just be a little surprised. Its dimensions are 8.03 x 5.59 x 2.52 inches – just slightly bigger than the 15X56.

But, this bino is still heavier at a whopping 43.28 ounces, and that’s not a bad thing. All that bloat is fully justified, thanks to the extra glass of the 15X magnification.

Q. Is this binocular tripod adaptable?

A. Yes, and with 15X magnification, you’d hope so too. With such high power hand-held optics, you’ll notice it’s more difficult to keep a steady image. Even if you don’t have shaky hands, the slightest tremors of movement will keep the image in a constant wiggle. Enter here – the convenience of tripods.

The other nice thing about the heifer weight of the bino is that because it’s heavy, it has enough poundage to maintain its position on the tripod. Sometimes too light and compact of a binocular isn’t a tripod-friendly device.

It’s light frame and weight would be too vulnerable in the wind or really any imperfect weather conditions.




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