Shot Show Optics: Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm Tactical Scope


During Shot Show 2016, there were three optic companies introducing their new 1-8x scope. The second of those is Hi-Lux Optics with their new CMR8 1-8x26mm model. I did a preview of the Hi-Lux CMR8 that was shown at the Fall 2015 Big 3 Media Event. The samples that I found at the Hi-Lux booth seem to be farther along in development with functional illumination and reticle.



I was told by Hi-Lux that the release MSRP of the Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm will be just under $900. Also, the reticle illumination will be daylight visible and it will run about 100 hours on a single CR2032 lithum battery. The turrets offer 12 Mils of elevation and windage adjustment in 0.1 Mil per click. The turrets are shown without the included caps.



At 1x, the reticle shows a thick horseshoe with a small ring in the middle.



At the middle magnification, the small ring at the center opens up to a horseshoe-dot. The stadiametric range-finder marks on the right also become usable. Because the CMR8 is a first focal design, the ranging feature would work in any zoom range.



At the max 8x magnification, the outer horseshoe disappeared from view. Since, the hash-marks on the vertical sub-tension are not labeled, the scope could be used with any ammo caliber.  The reticle is designed to provide enough ballistic holdover for 1000 yards from most common calibers.



Also shown at the Hi-Lux Optic booth is their new first focal plane PentaLux TAC-V 4-20x50mm model with locking turrets and reticle illumination. This long-range model will be retail for $850. The production for both the CMR8 1-8x26mm and the PentaLux 4-20x50mm are schedule to be around May 2016.

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  • thedonn007

    I take it that the 1-8x has a 34 mm tube then?

    • Timothy G. Yan

      34mm tube and 10-inch in length. 22 oz. weight.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    That reticle is a joke to anyone that has ever done any amount of long distance. If you’re going to skip all the markings a user actually needs… Eh, China, what did I expect?

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      What would be your recommendation for a 1-8x? Considering one for a 16″ build with 77 gr TMKs.

      • That man

        16″ barrel and you’re looking for high magnification??

        • TheSmellofNapalm

          Maybe you aren’t familiar with A) the actual effective range of an AR, and B) what a 1-8 actually is.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I like the glass on the Mk8 1-8 but if I’m paying full price, I’d check out Stiener (good reticle a right now) or Burris’s new 1-8

    • Timothy G. Yan

      It’s a carbine optic, not a long-range precision scope. I have shot steel at 1000m with half the magnification and much thicker reticle with fewer holdover.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Nope. Not sufficient reason to buy a product with a reticle that makes no sense.

        • Timothy G. Yan

          You should ask them to make a special version with the Mosin Nagant scope reticle for you.

  • SD

    100 hours of illumination? Is that a typo?

    • Timothy G. Yan

      Should it be more or less?

      • Sam

        That’s pretty terrible battery life if it’s only 100 hours.

        • CommonSense23

          Its not a red dot. That not great, and not bad life for a optic like this.

  • Kivaari

    I like it. Price is too much for my old wallet, but the good stuff does cost more. Having the covers for the controls is a good thing. The exposed turrets on so many combat optics is not desirable to me. Nice at the range.

  • Goody

    Is the image flat at 1 power?

  • Fred Johnson

    This trend of keeping the objective tube the same size as the body of the scope is losing the battle against having a reasonably sized exit pupil when the magnification goes up. Time for the 8x scopes to bump up to a 32mm objective and a belled tube. Or would that not be tacticool anymore?

    • Jwedel1231

      Is a better exit pupil necessary for 3-gun style shooting? I assume that 3-gun is what this scope is designed for, and I have no idea what you mean by “exit pupil”.

      • Grendel Medlord

        The short answer is that a bigger exit pupil allows more light through the scope. The resulting image will be brighter and easier to see. At low magnification this isn’t a problem but at higher magnification it can have a really noticeable effect.

        The basic equation for a scope’s exit pupil is to take the diameter of the objective (front) lens and divide by the magnification. This scope has a 26mm lens. Divide that by 8 (highest magnification) and the resulting exit pupil is only 3.25mm. As a general rule you want 4mm or better.

        • Jwedel1231

          That makes sense. Thanks for the info

          • Timothy G. Yan

            In general large the exit pupil, brighter the optic and bigger the eyebox.

    • Grendel Medlord

      I agree. I don’t see any reason the objective lens shouldn’t be the same size as the ocular. It wouldn’t affect the mounting height at all.

      • Timothy G. Yan

        Hi-Lux will be making something like that for competition. It’s their 1-4x CMR with a large 36-40mm-ish objective. It’s not cheap because it’s a special run item, but let see how popular it will be.

        • Grendel Medlord

          Do you have a source for that? I’d be interested in learning more.

          Knowing nothing about it, I don’t get that either. A 4x scope with a 36mm Objective would give a 9mm pupil, which is way bigger than any humans eye can take advantage of. Would it give a more forgiving eyebox or bigger field of view? If not, why not make a 1-6x? (I’m still a n00b with optics)