Meopta Optika6 3-18×56 RD FFP Riflescope
The Meopta Optika6 range of riflescopes is the latest introduction from this long-established US/Czech optical company.
HAM tested the Meopta ZD 4- 16 x44 RD scope in exhaustive detail last year. We were hugely impressed with the optical and mechanical build quality of this top-of-the-line scope.
Now Meopta is launching the Optika6 series. As is typical with the company, this new family is available in a large number of magnification and reticle combinations.
A number of these new Meopta Optika6 scopes is suitable for use with PCP airguns, including this one. The company is also expanding its distribution into the airgun market. So now you can buy Meopta scopes from Pyramyd Air, for example.
Today, we’re looking at the Optika6 3-18×56 RD FFP scope with Z-Plus RD reticle. This scope partnered well with an FX Impact Mark II and UTG Pro rings.
The Optika6 3-18×56 RD FFP scope is a substantial piece of optical equipment. With a 30 mm diameter tube and 56 mm objective (front) lens, it weighs-in at 30.5 Ounces. That’s approaching 2 Lbs. However it balanced well on the Impact..
Combined with a 14.5 Inch overall length, this gives a very robust feeling to the scope. The quality impression is reinforced by all other aspects of the product.
Airgun Friendly Features
What makes this scope particularly suitable for airgun use is the combination of close focusing and a MOA-graduated reticle.
The side parallax correction allows focusing down to 10 Yards. This is achieved – as expected – using the left side turret. (That’s the red dot intensity control on the outside ring, marked 1 . 2 . etc).
Meopta’s ZPlus Rd reticle has 2 MOA wind and elevation correction. This is combined with a 1 MOA red-illuminated central aiming point in this First Focal Plane (FFP) version. Note that a Second Focal Plane version is also available, if required.
Full details of all the graduations (A, B, C etc) are provided on the Meopta website. It’s best to check them out there.
In practical use, I found the FFP reticle to be pleasant to use. It doesn’t seem too tiny at low magnifications or too think at high mags, as can happen with some other FFP scopes. The red dot is an useful addition in dull conditions and provides a controllable level of brightness when enabled.
The elevation turret is fully exposed and click-adjustable. Push down to lock the setting after making any changes. This turret also features zero stop elevation that allows the shooter to have a definite return-to-zero point if they choose to dial-in, rather than holding-over using the reticle. Standard click values are 0.25 MOA per click adjustment.
As we can see, the windage turret is capped. Removing the cap allows for adjustment, of course, as we can see below.
Heavy Duty Control Surfaces
Turrets, zoom and focusing controls are all covered in attractive – and aggressive – black rubber. This makes them very easy to use, particularly in cold and wet conditions. (We’ve definitely had some of that in up-State New York over the past few months!).
In addition, you’ll see that the magnification control ring has a number of tapped holes set around its diameter. These are to allow the user to attach a (supplied) lever, should it be required to make magnification changes even quicker.
As you can see, all lettering and numbering is superbly-easy to read. It stands-out very clearly from the high quality matt black finish of the scope.
One unusual feature of Meopta scopes is their ability to accept screw-in filters. This allows for extreme customization based on both your own eyesight and field conditions, for example by adding color and neutral density filters. The Meopta Optika6 3-18×56 RD FFP scope accepts M61 x 0.75-threaded filters.
Meopta makes high optical claims for their products. This undoubtedly explains the very high image quality visible through this scope, together with the excellent MTF characteristics in our previous Meopta scope review!
Optika6 scopes incoprorate MeoBright, a proprietary ion-assisted lens multi-coating that’s applied to all air-to-glass optical surfaces. The company claims that this ion- assisted multi-coatings eliminate glare and reflections and delivers an industry leading 99.7% light transmission per lens surface.
In addition, MeoShield ion-assisted coating protects external lens surfaces and delivers enhanced resistance to scratching or abrasion in extreme conditions. Meopta says that MeoShield meets military specifications for durability and surface hardness. That’s great news for long-term resistance to scratching in the field.
All-in-all, the Meopta Optika6 3-18×56 RD FFP riflescope gives outstanding performance for a relatively low price. The Street Price is $750.
|Magnification||3 - 18 x|
|Objective Lens Diameter||56mm|
|Exit Pupil Diameter||9.5 - 3.1 mm|
|Eye Relief||3.94 Inches|
|Field of View||33.3 to 5.7 Feet at 100 Yards|
|Windage and Elevation Adjustment Range||90 MOA|