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I need help, for some reason my parallax markings seem to be WAY off.  My scope is a Ziess Conquest 4.5-14x50 SF.  At 100 yards I have to set the parallax to 200 to get it on the same plane to where the reticle will not move.  At 200 yards it seems like I have to put it all the way to 800 to get the reticle and image on the same plane.  I haven't shot it at longer distances and am concerned that when I go to 800, that I will not have any parallax adjustment at all.
Is something wrong with my scope or am I doing something incorrectly? 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/20/2009 at 23:54
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I would first check to see if your reticule is focused properly. Since changing the diopter setting that focuses your reticule will also change where the scope focuses with the parallax setting. To do this use the diopter setting at the eye piece and looking at the sky (Make sure rifle is pointed in a safe direction and IS UNLOADED, ACTION OPEN.) adjust it until the reticule is crisp. You can only do this for a short time. Your eye will adapt and so you will need to adjust and then look away and then repeat. Do this several times until the reticule is crisp right away.

Also I would not count on the parallax setting to be exactly the same as the distance you are shooting since different diopter settings will change your parallax setting.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/21/2009 at 02:52
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I'm betting you are using the scope on the highest power.  I have the same scope except 44mm, and it's the same way. My Leupold and Kahles scopes are the same way when cranked up. I've heard that magnification changes the side focus numbers. I'm guessing that those side focus numbers are probably closer to correct, when the scope is being used toward the middle of the magnification range such as: 7-9x.
Whenever I'm shooting at a target, I sand-bag the gun and pay no attention to the numbers on the side-focus. Then, without touching the gun, I move my head up/down or left/right while looking through the scope at the target and turning the side-focus. When the target stops moving in relation to the crosshair, I'm ready to shoot. 
I'd like to recalibrate/relabel all of my side-focus knobs to be correct at the scopes max power... For that is where it's most critical, and probably where I'll be when shooting long range...
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/21/2009 at 06:56
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Most tactical shooters just stick some form of writable tape around the knob or AO and write their own numbers. Plain masking tape will do, but is not very durable. You do get plastic tape with numbers one can pre-punch on them etc.
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