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3-10x42 with a plex reticle.

Now I'm sitting here itching to put it beside my HD5 at dusk just to see the difference first hand.



You guys are all a very bad influence. Big Grin

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It's a keeper IMO. Report back on your conclusions.
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Be happy to.

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It came in yesterday, but I wasn't able to get home and mount it until fairly late. Sunset was at 6:16, and I stepped outside at 7:01. That being said here's my first thoughts on the Z3 3-10x 42 vs a Zeiss HD5 3-15x50.

Wow the Z3 feels light as a feather...

With a clear sky and a half moon, I pointed each towards a shooting area exactly 100 yards away on the next hill. Both scopes were on 3 power and remained that way throughout. I was able to see the roughly 8 foot by 8 foot shooting area with both scopes and was able to see the tallish grass surrounding that area somewhat. I was not able to make out the two targets on the hill with either scope, but they're probably covered with grass as I've been somewhat lazy this year. With my naked eye, I could not make out the shooting area at all. Both scopes have a plex reticle that was somewhat hard to see but it's friggen dark so I can't complain there. I know the zeiss reticle was visible to well past shooting hours last hunting season, and the z3 is just as bold and thick so no issues with either reticle. The image on the Z3 does look a very tiny touch brighter, but I was not able to identify any detail or object that I could not also identify with the Hd5.

I have to be honest, I was expecting the swaro to blow the HD5 away just from all I've read about it. I was somewhat surprised when they both ended up tic for tac in insanely low light. Knowing the exact time is mandatory while hunting with either of these as they'll both take you well past legal shooting hours. I can't wait to get these two out when I can actually do some shooting.

Hope this is helpful.

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I'm curious to hear your follow up.  I compared the Z5 (which I hear is the same optically as the Z3) with the Zeiss HD5 a few months back.  I didn't do a dawn and dusk comparison, but did look at targets probably 1,200 yards away.  I could tell a difference in sharpness for sure.  I don't know if it "blew it away" but it was enough for my untrained eye to notice pretty easy.
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Sure thing Muleymaddness. I'm hoping to have these two side by side this weekend.

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Should be an interesting comparison.I've owned all 3 scopes & I think it will come down to personal preference.
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