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In Metsästys & Kalastus march 2009 there was another low light scope test. This time the test consisted of 13 2.5-10x50 scopes.

Top performers:
Zeiss Diavari
Zeiss Varipoint
Docter Unipoint

Middle class performers (low light performance is sufficient/ok with reservations):
Kahles Helia CBX
Swarovski Z6i
Nikon Monarch E (not sure if this model is available in U.S.)
Centaur (former MicroDot)

Low performers (poor low light performance):
Burris Euro Diamond
Bushnell Elite 4200
Weaver Extreme
Hakko Majesty
Milicom S
JahtiJakt Premium (generic chinese made scope)

The test also had Meopta Meostar R1 3-12x56 from the previous test as a benchmark. This scope performed better in low light situations than any other scope in the 50mm test.

Also 2.5-10x56 Trijicon Accupoint was reviewed separately. It was considered to be at least equal to the top Japanese made 56mm scopes in the previous 2008 test. Also Trijicon performed better in low light situations than any other scope in the 50mm test. Looks like the extra 6mm in objective size makes the difference.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/17/2009 at 08:59
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 The standards there must be pretty high to rank a burris Euro Diamond or a Bushnell 4200 as "Poor"!
 I guess I don't get out much; I've never looked through a Zeiss Diavari.
 
Interesting report;thank you for posting it!
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As American consumers this looks like a ranking of what many of us would consider top quality glass.. I think even the scopes in the "Poor Category" are excellent glass (can't speak for the names I can't pronounce though) they just get ranked as poor based upon what they are being compared too..
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Interesting
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Maybe a "Worst of the Best" type thing????
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No Schmidt & Bender?? WTF?
 
Yes, thanks for posting this, Pup.  
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I think Monarch E refers to the 30 mm tube Monarch Gold.
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Originally posted by Palehorse Palehorse wrote:

I think Monarch E refers to the 30 mm tube Monarch Gold.
E model had illuminated reticle.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

No Schmidt & Bender?? WTF?
 
 
My bad....they only tested 2.5-10x50mm scopes and S&B doesn't offer one. I missed that.
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Technically the z6/z6i doesn't come in come 2.5-10 x(x) either. Big Grin





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