Published February 18, 2019
· Updated July 1, 2019
Meopta introduced a bunch of great things this year at Shot Show (2019). They amazed us with their new, unique Dichroic Reticle Technology – the technology was already implemented on some of the models from the newly introduced Optika 6 series of riflescopes
which I am going to focus on in this article. I also wrote an article
about the new Optika HD series of binoculars which looked very promising
at their booth – the article is available here.
What immediately grabbed my attention was the fact that all the newly introduced riflescopes from Optika 6 series will also be available with the DichroTech reticles (Meopta has not announced which ones yet) which feature a special coating that provides battery-free illumination. The MeoBright coating will make sure that the observed image is clear, sharp and bright from edge to edge.
Meopta Optika 6
There are two subseries in the Meopta Optika 6 line – ‘Shooting’ and ‘Hunting’.
In the ‘Shooting’ series, the following models have been announced:
Meopta Optika 6 1-6×24 RD; source: Meopta Optics
In the ‘Hunting’ series, the following models have been announced:
Meopta Optika 6 4.5-27×50; source: Meopta Optics
Models from both subseries feature a 30mm tube (except for the 5–30×56 model which comes with a 34mm tube). The first difference is in the turrets.
The ‘Shooting’ models have non-capped, target turrets with rubberized
parts for protection and a non-slippery grip. The ‘Hunting’ models have
standard, capped turrets (caps are made of metal and protected with
rubber). The second major difference is in the positioning of the reticle – the ‘Shooting’ models have the reticle in the first focal plane,
while the ‘Hunting’ models have it positioned in the second focal
plane. Both series will be available with illuminated reticle options,
and the user will be able to pick between Mil and MOA
when it comes to the click value of the turrets. They are made of
aircraft-grade aluminium. The design of the turret allows a quick return
to zero, and the user can mount a supplied throw lever if necessary.
They also feature a locking function.
Meopta Optika 6 5-30×56
Some of the available reticles have already been announced: 4C, 4K, BDC 3, K Dot 2, Mildot, Z-Plex, Z-plus Dichro.
The expected retail price is from 450 to 800 €,
based on the model and the chosen features. We are pleased to see so
many models with different configurations in this series – this way, Meopta
has made sure that everyone finds a suitable magnification range. The
option of ordering these with the new Dichroic Reticle Technology is a
welcome bonus that might convince some customers to stop looking for a
new riflescope elsewhere.
“Uncommonly good glass.” “True European optics for a lot less money.”
“The Best Glass You’ve Never Heard of.” These are but a few of the
things optics aficionados have said about Meopta, which begs the
question: Why haven’t more hunters, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts
heard of the Meopta brand?
According to Reinhard Seipp, general manager of Meopta USA, much has
to do with the company’s history. “Meopta has been making precision
optics for 80 years, mostly for military forces due to the ever evolving
political circumstances of the times. As a result, the company remained
product focused for more than 50 years. They didn’t have to market
because sales channels were built in. When Meopta did start supplying
riflescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes to the hunting and outdoor
consumer market here in the United States, we initially did so as a
manufacturing partner to many of the world’s finest optical brands. Only
in the last five years have we introduced our own line of sports optics
under the Meopta brand. In light of this, it should come as no surprise
that we make great optics but have little expertise in selling them.”
Meopta is a very experienced scope company...Their scopes allways stays amongs the best in the world. ( not since the fall of comunism..) wake up !! .The americans dont know meopta products because they are com block ...and almost forbiden for YOU (not for me...Im from spain and enjoy with czech products ..like meopta and CZ since decades ago...) ...like a small proof of quality....in WW2 the SS snipers use a MEOPTA scope...and zeiss in germany made a copy of other czech scopes.
About "How do they compare with Zeiss or Leopold? ".....they are in the same quality step than german made scopes (zeiss, gerhardt, kaps or another)....and can be compared with the best leupolds (mk4, LPS and long range lines), of course are better than vari 1 / 2 / 3 leupolds.