Top New Optics For Deer Hunting At SHOT

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Meopta Expands 1-inch MeoPro

Meopta USA introduces four new MeoPro models to its popular and affordable 1-inch riflescope series recognized for outstanding optics, precision mechanics and reliability.

Meopta now offers the advanced RedZone illuminated reticle system in its new MeoPro 3.5-10×44 RedZone model.  Also new for 2013 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 3.5-10×44: 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 include  4CRZ illuminated, #4, Z-Plex and BDC in the second focal plane
Weight:                   16.7 oz.
MSRP:                    $779.99 – $959.99

MeoPro 3-9×50: The MeoPro 3-9×50 brings more glass to the hunt and extends shooting time in low light conditions. Reticle options include  #4, Z-Plex and BDC in the second focal plane.
Weight:                       18.4 oz.
MSRP:                        $719.99 – $779.99

MeoPro 6×42: 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 include  #1, #4 and Z-Plex
Weight:                       15 oz.
MSRP:                        $599.99

MeoPro riflescope key features include being built in the United States, Twilight Optimized Optics system that delivers the highest light transmission in low light of dawn and dusk,  proprietary ion assisted lens coatings, RedZone illumination system, MeoTrak II posi-click finger adjustable windage and elevation turrets, MeoQuick fast-focus eyepiece, and a 1-inch, one piece aircraft grade hard anodized aluminum tube that is nitrogen purged, fogproof and shockproof for life.


Zeiss Terra 3x Series

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics will launch of the new TERRA 3x line of 1-inch riflescopes.

TERRA 3x riflescopes offer all the benefits of German quality, design, engineering and performance that you’ve come to expect from ZEISS, at a price point highly competitive with traditional 1-inch riflescope manufacturers. With best in class image quality, comfortable ergonomics and robust construction, TERRA 3x riflescopes are built to handle the most rugged terrain and challenging conditions, and are backed by the Carl Zeiss’ U.S. Limited Lifetime Warranty.

“We are thrilled to offer our third ZEISS series of riflescopes to the market at a price that puts them within reach of most sportsmen,” said Mike Jensen, President of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. “Carl Zeiss is the leader in world class premium hunting optics, but we have to be realists when servicing the American hunter. We are listening to what this market is asking for and delivering outstanding TERRA optical products at incredibly competitive price points. TERRA riflescopes will bring the ZEISS brand as an additional choice of optics to millions more sportsmen in the U.S.”

TERRA 3x Riflescopes pack powerful, uncompromising optical performance into a lightweight, yet extremely rugged, compact 1″ design. ZEISS optics with MC anti-reflective coatings produces bright, high contrast images and 1/4-MOA adjustments provide 100% repeatability, click by click. Available with standard Z-Plex or the newly designed TERRA exclusive RZ6 and RZ8 ballistic reticles (more information below).

With its compact size and extremely low profile, this scope will work perfectly as a slug gun scope, a lever gun scabbard scope or for highly mobile hunters who don’t need extra weight when stalking through dense heavy cover taking short to mid-range shots.

This all-purpose scope features a slightly larger objective to provide hunters with an added advantage
in low light situations. The 3-9×42 is a classic scope for American sportsmen and this will surely please those looking to enter the ZEISS family of products.

Suited for mid-to-long range hunting applications, this low profile scope is versatile yet still compact enough to manage rugged, mountainous terrain. Available in ZEISS Z-Plex and the new RZ8 reticle.

TERRA 2-7×32 Z-Plex $388.00
TERRA 3-9×42 Z-Plex $444.00
TERRA 3-9×42 RZ6 $499.00
TERRA 4-12×42 Z-Plex $499.00
TERRA 4-12×42 RZ8 $555.00


Minox ZE 5i, ZV 3 Riflescopes

MINOX now has added a “premium, made in Germany” line of ZE 5i riflescopes, and an very affordable entry-level line of ZV 3 3-9×40 riflescopes.

The ZE 5i riflescopes have been meticulously designed and engineered to meet the high standards of serious hunters across the globe. All feature a 30mm main tube, an illuminated reticle in the second focal plane and a 5x zoom range. The illuminated reticle is a center dot illumination with 11 different brightness settings and an off position between each brightness level.

The ZE 5i line is available in 2-10×50, 3-15×56, and 5-25×56. These scopes are priced under $2,000.

The entry-level ZV 3 scopes deliver German design and engineering at an impressive price-performance range. They provide great optical performance, thanks to fully multi-coated lenses and reliable mechanics, including long 4-inch+ eye relief. They also offer precise 1/4 MOA windage and elevation adjustments. The lightweight aluminum body is nitrogen filled and waterproof.

These riflescopes are available in 3-9×40 with the Mino-Plex and BDC reticles as options. MSRPs start at $269. As with all MINOX riflescopes, these ZV 3 entry-level riflescopes and the premium ZE 5i Series are covered by the MINOX Total Coverage Lifetime Warranty for added peace of mind, for as long as one owns the product.

Minox BL 

Two powerful new hunting binoculars, with pinpoint sharp images even in low-light conditions have been added to the MINOX line – BL 8×56 and BL 15×56.

An innovative M* multi-coating optimizes light transmission and color rendition. Up to 21 layers applied to the glass surfaces prevent loss of light through reflections. Argon filling prevents fogging of the surfaces and provides permanent protection against corrosion.

With extended eye relief, the entire field of view can be seen at all times, even when wearing glasses. With all these features, the retail prices for these new MINOX BL binoculars are just $799 for the 8×56 and $899 for the 15×56.


Vortex Razor HD

Vortex’s Razor HD binoculars, now with 10×50 and 12×50 models, offer advanced optical technologies and premium components in a lightweight, ergonomic package.

Premium, hand-selected HD extra-low dispersion glass delivers the ultimate in resolution and color fidelity resulting in astonishingly sharp, high definition images.

Lenses fully multicoated with Vortex’s proprietary XR antireflective coatings guarantee maximum brightness and glassing confidence during critical low-light periods of dawn and dusk. Exterior lenses feature Armor Tek, an ultrahard optical coating engineered to protect against scratches, oil and dirt. Phase corrected prisms – a necessity to achieve a quality roof prism binocular ensure sharp images and contrast.

The True Open Hinge design, coupled with its magnesium chassis, makes the Razor lightweight, ultratough, and optimally ergonomic. Durable rubber armoring protects the housing and ensures a nonslip grip – no matter the weather conditions. Incredibly comfortable twist-up eyecups with positive settings offer a range of eye relief options. Locking right-eye diopter. O-ring sealed and purged with argon gas for 100 percent waterproof/fogproof performance.

Vortex’s Razor HD binoculars deliver the highest level of optical performance ensuring you have the edge every time you lift them to your eyes.

Available: (8×42, MSRP $1,279) (10×42, $1,299) (10×50 $1,489) (12×50 MSRP $1,499)

Vortex Crossfire II

Vortex Optics Crossfire binoculars have received a facelift internally and externally with the introduction of the Crossfire II series in 8×42 and 10×42 models.

Crossfire II binoculars boast upgraded fully multicoated lenses promoting enhanced clarity, resolution and light transmission. Quality components, including improved twist-up eyecups, a smooth center focus wheel and right-eye diopter ensure optimal functionality. O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for a lifetime of waterproof and fogproof performance. Rubber armoring with aesthetically pleasing checkering protects the chassis and provides a nonslip grip.

Built to break down performance stereotypes associated with binoculars in their price bracket, the all-new Crossfire II series delivers a high level of optical performance at a budget-friendly price. The 8×42 is priced at $189 while the 10×42 is $199.

Vortex Spotting Scopes

Vortex’s new Diamondback line of spotting scopes pack the ideal blend of quality and performance in a lightweight, streamlined package, making them the perfect choice for hunters and shooters who demand optics built to work as hard as they do.

“Our Diamondback binoculars and riflescopes have built a reputation for themselves as the ultimate “bang for your buck” optics,” said Joe Hamilton, Vortex Optics national sales manager. “And for good reason – they deliver an incredibly high level of performance. It just made sense to offer our customers all of the same rock-solid attributes in a spotting scope series.”

Dielectric multi-layer prism coatings provide bright, clear, color-accurate images, ensuring excellent subject detail. XR fully multicoated lenses elevate light transmission for maximum brightness. With their 20 to 60 power zoom eyepiece, you’re guaranteed to get the up-close looks you need.

The tough polycarbonate body is lightweight yet rugged, ensuring durability. A built-in sunshade reduces glare and shields the objective lens. Rotating tripod collar offers adjustable viewing angles for in-the-field versatility. Nitrogen gas purging coupled with O-ring seals delivers fogproof, waterproof performance and ultimate reliability – no matter the weather conditions. Choice of angled or straight eyepiece design.

Available in 20-60×60 for $499 and 20-60×80 for $599.


Carl Zeiss Sports Optics introduces the TERRA ED, a new line of binoculars that combines the benefits of quality German engineering and design with performance and features.

Thanks to SCHOTT ED glass with ZEISS MC multi-coated lenses images are always bright and clear – even in low light conditions when wildlife is more active. Comfortable ergonomics and robust, lightweight and waterproof construction, TERRA ED binoculars are built to handle rugged terrain and harsh conditions. Focus as closely as 5.25 feet.

8×42: With its compact and lightweight design, rugged construction, comfortable ergonomics and wide field of view, the 8×42 is the ideal companion for mobile hunters, birders and wildlife observers who demand quality optics for open country observation. MSRP $388

10×42: Magnification without extra weight has been added to the 10×42 for bright, crisp images, even in low light, during situations in the field that call for a closer look, such as scoring game or observing the fine details in nature. MSRP $444


Pentax RD Mini

PENTAX’s new RD Mini waterproof dot sight’s small size and durable construction make it the ideal scope for harsh conditions.

The RD Mini features a five MOA dot, an ideal size for most shooters, as well as 7 brightness settings for various shooting conditions and a battery (CR 2032) that provides 72 hours of continuous use. Constructed of rigid and durable aluminum, the RD Mini’s waterproof body and nitrogen filled body have been engineered to withstand even the most extreme shooting conditions.

Featuring PentaBright Technology, each Gameseeker dot sight offers a sharp, clear image that is parallax free for accurate target acquisition. The RD Mini includes a built in Weaver style mounting system to attached to a side variety of firearms.

“Pentax is proud to introduce this new scope that covers applications from hunting to a tactical nature,” said John Carlson, Senior Marketing Manager with Pentax. “Not only is it extremely compact and durable, but also extremely affordable.”

MSRP $99