A Close Look At The Aztec Emerald 5.5-25 x 50 Scope
About this time last year, HAM ran a story about the new Aztec Emerald 5.5-25 x 50 scope. Then it was newly introduced. So why are we talking about it again today? Well, finally we have one here in the HAM offices and we can look at some of its features in more detail.
In fact, there are two Aztec Emerald scope models available. The other is quite similar and has the same 50mm objective size. However, it features a 3-18x zoom range. Both are the same price, so you can take your choice!
And there’s definitely a big update to our previous story…
It’s fine for us to give our impressions of this – or any – scope, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, or should that be in the shooting? Well the overall 2017 Extreme Benchrest competition was won using an Aztec Emerald scope. You can’t have a much better recommendation than that for any item of airgun equipment!
Having this Aztec Emerald scope in our hands also gives us a much better chance to explain exactly what you get for your money. About $400, to be precise.
The Aztec Emerald 5.5-25 x 50 scope comes very well packed in a solid card carton. That’s important as it needs to pass through the “loving care” of one of our finest parcels shipment companies on its way to you. Airguns of Arizona’s quality packaging of their shipments helps here too, of course.
This Aztec Emerald scope is supplied with a set of “bikini” lens covers for transit. There’s also a couple of flip-up lens caps for regular use and a 4-inch diameter sidewheel. This sidewheel can be attached to the side parallax-control turret. It carries no distance markings but is ready tor you to add your own.
The pull out/push in elevation and windage turrets work well. These are low profile and resettable for zero, too. Each click of the turrets gives a change of 1/4 MOA through the very sharp reticle.
The red marks on the zoom ring of Aztec Emerald scopes indicate the magnification settings at which the reticle provides true MOA correction. These are 9x and 18x. Knowing this is important as – like every other second focal plane scope available – the slash markings of the Aztec Emerald 5.5-25 x 50 scope’s reticle change with the zoom magnification set.
We attached the Aztec Emerald 5.5-25 x 50 scope to a Diana Outlaw air rifle and the resulting combination balanced well. It certainly gave us good results when the scope was mounted to the gun using 30mm SportsMatch rings.
Aztec Emerald scopes carry an outstanding Aztec Gold Lifetime warranty too.
We’re going to be shooting this Aztec Emerald/Diana Outlaw a lot more…