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Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and sort of have the itch for a new hunting scope.
 
I don't hear a lot about Dr Optics and have never had one of their riflescopes in my hands, but noticed they make a #4 reticle with an illuminated dot at the center of the cross hairs. Also the Meostar has a #4 with red dot on the market.
 
So, I'm calling on the wisdom of the forum. How do these scopes comare to one another in glass quality, and depenable ruggedness,etc.?
 
Also, can watch batteries be used to power the reticles are do they require some unique expensive battery?
 
Thanks in advance
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Welcome to O.T, Mike T  I recently bought my second meopta meostar in the 3-12x56 rd model with illumination. It has the 4k reticle in the second focal plane with a cross hair instead of the dot. I hunt varmints at night with it and absolutely love it. The meostar manual lists the batteries as either a CR2032 3v or CR2354 3v, mine takes the CR2354.
  I am not familiar with Dr Optics so I can't comment on a comparison but the meostar glass is pretty darn good....  There is a Doctor optic company but not even sure if they make a scope like your thinking about.

4K - 2nd Focal Plane

RD illuminated. Larger center gate provides hunters with extremely fast target acquisition in lower light and daylight.

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Welcome to the OT! I have never tried a DR optic scope either, but I can tell you that the meopta has some hella good optics. as for the batteries, they are not special. just go to any dept. store and get a button cell with the same # on it that came with the scope.
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Thanks for the informative replies. The Dr Optics scope I mentioned is a Doctor Classic 2.5-10x48 Riflescope 4LP56122 with the red dot centered in a #4 reticle. But I am beginning to realize Dr Optic scopes are not very common so I may just drop it from my want list, and it weighs +22 oz.
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Tell us what is on the list and we can help.

I am a huge fan of illuminatd reticles for hunting; however, be aware that all illumination is not equal - or good.  There are very good illumination systems (Trijicon Accupoint) and very bad illumination systems (first gen IOR), getting the right one can be the difference between many happy years of service and having to sell a relatively new, barely used scope.
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agreed..
there are more bad illuminated reticles out there than good.

The Meopta is done right.
I am running the 3-12x56 RD and it is a fantastic hunting scope.
GREAT glass and a perfectly executed illumination system.

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I really appreciate all of the input.
 
While reading the thread about Leica ER 2.5-10x42 with the German Reticle #1, I made a shift and I really like that reticle even though it is not illuminated.
 
It is fairly light weight and a good power range for my deer hunting, and it was love at first sight, so I bought it.
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Great Choice! and one your sure to enjoy.
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Welcome to the OT!
 
As you didn't put out a price limit a few of the alphas should be mentioned ,Schmidt & Bender,Zeiss,Premier & Khales.Again these  are about as good as Illum.gets.The difference in the price of the scopes is$400-$700.My personal favorite is my S&B Zenith with a #9 Flash Dot.[$550 more than the standard nonillum.scope of the same power]
 
Can't go wrong with the other scopes the guys have mentioned above & you can save alot of coin.
 
The only experence I've had with the DR.is a red dot,glass was very good,mechanically very well made[typical German made]but it was a little to small for my clumbsy hands but a nice product none the less.
 
They were part of the Jenna optics co.as was Zeiss before the wall went up.Zeiss came west DR.stayed east.I think the down side of DR.is all the repairs for any of their products must be sent back to Germany.They also make some very expensive Binos.
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I have a S&B 1.5-6x42 Zenith Flashdot #9
It's one of my favorite hunting scopes..

The Meopta hangs right there with it..

What I like about the S&B better is that it is a standard crosshair intersection, so, when the illumination is off it is just a standard crosshair.  When you turn it on, a dot gets projected on the center.  Very cool.

The Meopta has a more traditional illumination setting where there is a black dot in the reticle that gets lit up, so, the center intersection is larger than just a crosshair(s)

It covers more of the target at say 250 yards but it is a hunting scope, not a target scope, so, for big game I don't see it as a problem, I popped a small pig a few weeks ago right behind the ear at 275 yards.  At greater distances it gets elevated about the intended bullet strike zone.  (Mine is on a 280AI with a 250 yard zero)

Another great scope of course is the Accupoints with a mildot / green or amber dot center illumination.  I love these scopes...

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Originally posted by ccoker ccoker wrote:

I have a S&B 1.5-6x42 Zenith Flashdot #9
It's one of my favorite hunting scopes..

The Meopta hangs right there with it..

What I like about the S&B better is that it is a standard crosshair intersection, so, when the illumination is off it is just a standard crosshair.  When you turn it on, a dot gets projected on the center.  Very cool.

The Meopta has a more traditional illumination setting where there is a black dot in the reticle that gets lit up, so, the center intersection is larger than just a crosshair(s)

It covers more of the target at say 250 yards but it is a hunting scope, not a target scope, so, for big game I don't see it as a problem, I popped a small pig a few weeks ago right behind the ear at 275 yards.  At greater distances it gets elevated about the intended bullet strike zone.  (Mine is on a 280AI with a 250 yard zero)

Another great scope of course is the Accupoints with a mildot / green or amber dot center illumination.  I love these scopes...


Ccoker, in your opinion, which scope has better glass for low light hunting -- the Meostar or Accupoint? Have you been able to do a comparison of these two scopes and post or publish a review. If so, I sure would like to read your it.
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I did a head to head against the two

It is on our site
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Thanks, I will check it out.
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