We were thrilled when we found out that Leica is going to introduce its brand new first-ever red dot sight at IWA 2018 in Nuremberg. Leica’s products are known for their quality and having a unique look, which is why we were sure that Tempus ASPH, as they named it, wouldn’t be any different. Read on for a short overview of this compact reflex sight.
As mentioned, this is Leica‘s first red dot sight. It is of the reflex type, very compact and lightweight. It is designed for driven hunts, thus featuring a fine red dot. There are two different models on the market, the first one with a 2 MOA dot and the second one with a 3.5 MOA dot. Apart from this, the models are the same. On the front part, below the lens, „ASPH“ is written. This stands for aspheric, meaning that Tempus uses an aspheric lens instead of an ordinary one. These lenses can only be found in red dot sights of the highest quality class. Because of their lens’ shape, the optics are better and the image sharper. Furthermore, there is no tint whatsoever. The window is quite big, allowing for a quick target acquisition. Tempus can be mounted on all Docter sight mounts, which is great news. It is made in Leica‘s factory in Portugal. There are 12 brightness intensity levels to choose from, enough for all lighting conditions. If you forget to turn it off, the sight will automatically power off after four hours of inactivity. Turning it on is simple – you just press any of the buttons (up or down). To turn it off, hold any of these two buttons for three seconds. The battery compartment is located on the side of the device, which is great since you do not have to dismount the device in order to change the battery – the tray has to be pried open with a tool such as a screwdriver. The device is powered by a single CR2032 battery. In contrast to Docter sights that feature two lock screws, Leica Tempus only has one. Elevation and windage adjustments are regulated the same as on the majority of reflex red dot sights on the market – with the help of two adjustment screws. It is made from a single piece of aluminum and is thus waterproof. Leica claims that Tempus remains fully operational up to –25 degrees Celsius.
We are pretty sure that Tempus will attract the attention of those who are fond of reflex red dot sights – not only because it is the first-ever red dot sight made by Leica, but also because of its unique design and characteristics. The expected retail price is around 550 €.