Meopta MeoPro HD 80 Spotting Scope

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New from Meopta USA is the MeoPro HD 80 Spotting Scope. It is a premium low light spotting scope with a large 80mm objective lens made from fluoride glass (an expensive type of glass that prevents chromatic aberrations). It has the same basic design as the Meopta MeoStar S2 but lacks the ED elements (even more expensive glass), and has an integrated 20-60x eyepiece instead of an interchangeable piece, significantly decreasing the price. Using the MeoPix adapters, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 phones can be attached to the eye piece to take photos. The MeoPro HD 80 has a MSRP of $1,724.99.

From the press release …

 HAUPPAUGE, NY, April 9, 2014 – Meopta USA introduces the MeoPro HD 80 spotting scope.   This sleek new spotter features an 80mm fluoride objective lens and MeoBright ion-assisted multi-coatings for outstanding performance in low-light conditions.  Designed to meet a lower price point than Meopta’s European-made MeoStar S2 82mm spotting scope, the MeoPro HD 80 has an angled body and integrated 20-60x eyepiece.  Its CentricDrive™ mid-body focus control is easy and fast to use in the field, even with gloves on, and the image quality is crystal clear making it easy to assess game at long distances.  Like all other optics in the MeoPro line, the HD 80 is assembled in the United States at Meopta’s Long Island, NY facility.

“This new spotting scope is the first in our popular MeoPro line and is made for hunters who want a mid-range price point but are simply unwilling to compromise on performance,” said Reinhard Seipp, general manager and COO of Meopta USA.  “We chose to go with a fixed eyepiece in order to lower the cost and not compromise on quality.  In fact, we have incorporated a lot of the technology from our state-of-the-art MeoStar spotter into the MeoPro HD 80 such as Schott glass, the fluoride objective lens, CentricDrive focus that allows for fast adjustments from close ranges to extended distances, and the rugged, fully- armored magnesium alloy chassis.  The overall performance of the Meopta HD 80 – the superior color fidelity, edge-to-edge clarity and sheer brightness and quality of the images – will give hunters a top-tier scope view at a great price point.”

The MeoPro HD 80 works seamlessly with Meopta’s MeoPod TP-1 tripod and also with the MeoPix iScoping Adapters for the iPhone 4 and 5 models and Samsung Galax S4.  Its rotating, integrated tripod foot also works with most tripod interfaces on the market without the need for an adapter.

Nitrogen filled, waterproof and shockproof for maximum durability, the new MeoPro HD 80 will enhance any trip afield.


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Limonata

    The Meopta’s are amazing and one should not look through one unless they can afford the price. They really are very nice. If you hobby also include photography you will be very impressed.

    I have more simple needs and my range only goes out to 200yrs and for that my Konus 80 does very well and I can see 223 holes out to 200yrs without any problems although there is chromatic aberrations (purple or blue fringing) on the edges but nothing that will be a problem unless you are using the spotting scope for digiscoping.
    Maybe TFB can perhaps do a test to show the difference of low priced and high prices spotting scopes. I believe for modest needs and modest budgets Konus makes some great stuff but always curious if something in $400 range is any better.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I would love one of these Meoptas, but they are above my price range.

      Reviewing, especially comparing optics, is hard. Comparisons are very, very difficult, unless both had iPhone/Galaxy adapters available, and even then it would be hard because cell phones have terrible low light cameras.

      • Limonata

        Over on the Snipers Hide forum there is a link in the Optics sub forum from a gentleman who runs a website named FinAccuracy. He has developed a test to compare optics and includes a spreadsheet and an optics chart. There are also optics charts you can find developed by the Army and Navy as well as NASA and camera companies that are used to give resolutions of camera lenses. Many of these tests are simple, what is the smallest text or line you can see at N meters away. From a shooting perspective, how far can we resolve a 22lr hole either on a black, white or various colored backgrounds (RGB).

        From a shooters perspective, the Fin Accuracy test probably would work best as we are trying to determine how well we can see our paper holes at a distance. I have not hunted anything past 200yrds so no idea how well these work for long range hunting.

        I do know that from a shooting perspective, even with very good scopes it is hard to tell what you hitting even at 200yrds and more than that you need a spotter or patience to do it on your own. With distance the mirage effect messes even with the best optics. Fixed magnification trumps variable magnification and there some old Japanese spotting scopes that people go nuts over on eBay because they are better than anything you can purchase today. A lot of variables.

        As per using a phone camera, a Nokia Lumia Windows phone has some of the best low light capability you will find. A simply compact camera like an Olympus ZX-1 or ZX-2 would also work and universal adaptors exist because digiscoping (See link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digiscoping) is actually pretty popular hobby. You can also use a simple webcam. Cell phone and other adaptors are available.

        I have tried all the camera options with my Konus Konuspot 20-60x80mm Spotting Scope. Kowa makes dedicated eye pieces for its spotting scopes and most take a T2 adapter that will fit any DSLR.
        All that said, no, no it will not be easy to put together a test that will make everyone happy — look at the DPReview forum when any new camera or lens comes out — LOL!
        Anyway, food for thought, thank you for responding

      • anilm2

        Could get something like a phoneskope universal mount or a universal point/shoot mount (Konus branded one on amazon is around $30).

        I’d love to see a spotting scope comparison, too.

  • wetcorps

    Man this thing is twice the price of my car.

  • gunslinger

    at what range does this really become something you want to invest in? if you have a 100yd range in the back, is it worth to spend almost 1800 bucks? 200 yards? 400 yards?

    • Limonata

      Remember that these scopes have multiple purposes. There is a whole field of digiscoping (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digiscoping) where these scopes are used for photography. Pictures of the moon or wild life like birds because these are cheaper than some camera lenses even at that price above.

      For shooting, in the 100 to 200yard range with 223/5.56, a $200 scope like the Konus Konuspot 20-60x80mm Spotting scope are more than sufficient. When you get into the 200+ to 400 range a better scope is required…to a point. With longer ranges mirage will take over you view of the target. While some spotting scopes can correct for it, some cannot but all will have the issue. You can find very good scopes like the Nikon Prostaff 5 in the $600 range which are excellent to 600yards.
      As you get into higher magnifications, you loose light in the scopes. Expensive scopes like the one above or even more expensive scopes like those for Kowa can correct for that and you can see an image as bright at lower resolution as you can at higher resolution thanks to expensive ED or coated glasses. More expensive spotting scopes are also metal and weather or waterproof and may also have a lifetime warranty while many less expensive scopes will only have a 2yr warranty. More expensive scopes may also have removable eye pieces that allow you to have a single fixed magnification. Single magnification spotting scopes and straight versus 45 degree angle scopes also let in more light, have better resolution but are also more expensive.
      As I stated in another post, if your needs are simple, you mostly shoot in good light, a $200 spotting scope may be more than enough.
      If you do long range hunting/shooting (400yrs+), need something that will work just as well in pre-dawn or dusk as well as in all weather, then a more expensive scope is in order. You need to match the spotting scope to your needs.
      As a photographer who has had the pleasure to try some of the higher end spotting scopes, they are amazing with zero distortion. As a shooter whose longest range I have access to is 200yrs, my Konus is a perfect fit.