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I like the Conquest for the obvious reasons: excellent optics with great sharpness and brightness and clarity to the edge of the field of view, excellent and forgiving "eye box", great eye relief, excellent field of view,  a most excellent scope that holds it's own very well next to the $1,000 scopes.
I have this scope on a rifle and have used it well in very low light to take deer and hogs.

However, the #20 Z-Plex reticle (my scope) has a very fine center cross portion. I wish that it was thicker and heavier, especially when hunting heavy dense brush in low light. I've had a few moments when i had no problem seeing hogs in dense brush in low light - excellent optics, but i had to spend a split second looking for the reticle and making sure what is the reticle and what is the vegetation.
The thick portion of the reticle is far apart, and i would prefer a faster guiding of the eye towards the center. 
I looked at their #4 reticle and it is equally fine in the center.

By contrast, similarly priced Leupold scopes are not quite so sharp and bright, are "less perfect" in some ways, but their Duplex reticle is easier and faster to pick-up in low light.

So far, the Conquest has served me well, and i will keep it where it is for a while. I am still thinking about this. After all, i got all the game that i ever was after while hunting with that rifle and scope.
I am considering this scope, however. It looks like the thick portion of the reticle is closer together , guiding the eye faster to the target.

http://swfa.com/Meopta-15-6x42-Meostar-R1-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P53612.aspx

I may trade the Conquest and some older binoculars, eventually.

Does anyone have experience with both Conquest #20 and Meopta #4 reticles? On paper (.net), the Meopta #4 looks better to me because the thick bars are closer together.
 


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Having hunted extensively in low light, you need illumination.  A thicker reticle will help some, but black critters with a black backdrop and a black reticle = not a smart shot.  Illumination on a hog gun is a game-changer.
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Meopta-15-6x42-Meostar-R1-30mm is illuminated, what you are saying makes sense. I have never used illuminated reticles. Quick question: would the red dot somehow blind my eye and make me see less detail in low light? Assuming that i keep the dot on a dim setting?  
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Too bright is a problem, low illumination doesn't negatively effect your vision, unless it is far too dark to be taking a shot anyway.
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I had similar questions in my earlier posts to this forum. The most productive portion of my whitetail hunting occurs late in the day and I needed a scope that could provide an aiming point when the light is all but gone. After spending many hours on this and other forums collecting good advice, I purchased a Meopta Meostar 3 X 12 X 56 with illuminated #4 reticle in the 2nd focal plane. That gave me an opportunity to compare it with my several Zeiss Conquest scopes with #20 plex reticles, ranging from 40MM to 50MM. After a full hunting season running many weeks and hunting 6 days per week, my experience is the German #4 reticle is superior in low light to the #20 plex reticles. So much so that I rarely used the illumination function on the big Meo, and then set no higher than the 3rd intensity level. Once the buck is identified with binoculars, I'm generally able to bracket the target spot on the deer centered between the two heavier horizonital and one lower vertical crosshairs. I was unable to do that with the #20 plex under the same conditions. The heavy crosshairs tipped the scales.
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Thank you all for your answers. You confirmed what i suspected. Outrider, that was particularly useful. I think that i will go for the smaller 1.5-6x42 Meopta,  i almost never use more than 4x magnification.
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