I was eager to visit Meopta's booth at Shot Show after I heard about their innovative Dichroic Reticle Technology. When I arrived at the booth, I found out that riflescopes are not the only new thing that they plan on launching in 2019 – I was also shown some binoculars which immediately grew on me.
Optika HD, as Meopta named their new binoculars series, boasts a great design. Meopta chose an interesting shade of green for their new binoculars, mixing it with black to achieve a great external appearance. At Shot Show, they announced the release of two models – 8x42 HD and 10x42 HD. As I held these one-hinge binoculars in my hand, I realized that they are extraordinarily lightweight, weighing mere 650 g (22.9 oz). They are rugged to the touch, and I could immediately tell that they are well prepared for harsh terrain. The housing, covered with rubber armour, is made of a magnesium alloy, which adds to the ruggedness.
The eyecups, made of aluminum, can be fixed in multiple positions. Thanks to the phase-correction and dielectric coatings, hunters will be impressed by the bright image that these binoculars are able to produce. On the outer surfaces of the lenses, Meopta used a hydrophobic and an anti-scratch coating. The edge-to-edge sharpness and contrast are also on a surprisingly high level based on the expected retail price – 300 $. Even the 120 m of the field of view on 8x42 and 96 m on the 10x42 sounds great for a binocular of this price class.
After testing these out, I was amazed to hear that they will be available at such a low price. What I also liked is the fact that these are assembled in Czech Republic, meaning that Meopta closely supervises the manufacturing process. On top of the bridge, there is a Meopta logo in gold colour.
The lenses and prisms are fully multi-coated, and the interior is purged with dry nitrogen to prevent internal fogging at low temperatures. They are equipped with roof prisms and feature a central focusing system.
These deliver great optics and ruggedness for the price. It’s quite difficult to compete with other renowned brands in this price class where Vortex, Delta, Nikon, and others offer devices that are great for the money. Nevertheless, I believe that Meopta has hit the jackpot with Optika HD as these binoculars are truly outstanding for the price.