Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between the ZD 1-4x22 and the 1-4x22 K-Dot?
A: The K-Dot was developed as a dangerous game scope with reticle to quickly acquire targets. With its popularity in the 3-Gun community we developed the ZD. The ZD features a shorter body, tethered turret caps, as well as a ballistic reticle for the M855 cartridge.
Q: My scope won’t “hold zero” what is wrong with it?
A: We have found it uncommon for a scope to not actually hold zero. We recommend you check the torque of the bases and rings to ensure you have properly mounted your optic. If the issue continues, please call our Customer Service Department.
Q: My scope does not have enough windage adjustment, what’s wrong?
A: It sounds as if your optic is not centered correctly with the receiver/bore of your firearm. With some two piece mounts it is a common mistake to not have the scope perfectly centered. On hunting rifles we typically recommend Talley’s one piece mounts and on tactical products we recommend LaRue.
Q: What rings should I use to mount my new Meopta?
A: What is your application?
A1 Hunting- Call the friendly people over at Talley Manufacturing and they can assist you with the perfect ring for you optic. Talley offers a great American made product that we use when testing our scopes.
A2 Tactical- Give a call to the boys at LaRue Tactical they can point you in the right direction. We use Larue on our AR-15’s and AR-10’s.
Q: My scope doesn’t have enough elevation, what’s wrong?
A: These scopes were made to be used as hunting optics with a typical zero @ 100 yards. When you use one of our scopes for long range shooting it is recommended that you use a canted base, typically 20 MOA will do the trick.
Q: How do you use the 4B reticle?
A: The 4B reticle was designed as a ranging reticle for white tail deer, because of the position of the reticle in the scope it can be used on any power. To use the ranging feature place the baseline of the reticle on the deer’s belly and the top line which falls on its shoulders is the distance of the animal from your position.
Q: What is the difference of 1st vs. 2nd focal plane AKA front vs. rear?
A: The front focal plane (1st) is located in front of the erector system making the reticle grow when magnification is increased. This position makes this reticle great for ranging and BDC reticles because it remains true throughout the magnification range.
That said the rear focal plane (2nd) is located behind the erector system making the reticle stay the same size throughout magnification. When a BDC or ranging reticle is place in the second focal plane the reticle is only true for a certain power level.
Q: What power level is my BDC / EXT reticle true at? The pamphlet says 10x, but I have a 3-9x42 scope.
A: Your reticle is true at its highest power level.
Q: How many springs are in my scopes erector system?
A: Your scope has one leaf spring retaining the erector system.
Q: The illumination in my new scope doesn’t work. What’s wrong?
A: Typically this can be fixed by removing the battery cover and the spring inside the cap. Take the spring and bend the tines outward to put more pressure on the battery.
Q: What is the “exit pupil” and how do you measure it?
A: The exit pupil is the diameter of the column of light which comes out of the optic. This is measured by dividing the objective diameter (mm) by the magnification power setting. (Example 3-10x50 on 10x has an exit pupil of 5mm)
Q: How do you use a Mil Dot reticle?
A: The Mil dot reticle is used for ranging. The distance between the center of one dot to the other is one milradian. One Milradian is about 3.6 MOA. The formulas for ranging can be found on many websites along with detailed explanations. It is not something that can be quickly explained and we recommend you study to become proficient. A good explanation is here
Q: Do you offer target turrets for my scope?
A: In addition to the target turrets on the factory equipped models, 4-16x44 and 6-18x50, our friends at Kenton Industries also design aftermarket turrets for many of our models! See what they have for you at http://kentonindustries.com/custom-turrets/meopta-4
Q: What kind of glass is in your scopes? Is it the same in MeoStar and MeoPro?
A: We use Schott glass in our optics, of which we are one of the largest purchasers in Europe. In addition, with our in-house cutting, grinding, polishing, and coating capabilities; we can provide you with some of the clearest optics in the market.
Q: Why does my optic have the parallax adjustment on the objective bell? Isn’t it better to have the focus on the side?
A: While the side parallax adjustment is easier for some, it does come at a cost. To adjust your parallax from the side, we must also add two lenses to the interior, these lenses increase light absorption/reflection and reduce overall brightness and clarity. If it is mounted on the bell, then it simply moves the objective lens forwards and backwards, allowing more light to pass through the scope.
Q: Where was my Meopta made?
A: All of our optics are made at our facilities in the Czech Republic and the U.S.A.