1. Scope description
The Schmidt & Bender Zenith hunting scopes are designed to meet the unique challenges of high precision shooting. Their quality and function make it possible to achieve exceptional shooting results as well as to fulfill the critical and demanding needs of official, law enforcement and tactical applications. Strict observation of the following operating instructions is prerequisite for successful long-term use.
1.2 Safety instructions
Never look into the sun or into laser light with the scope. This may cause serious eye injuries. Do not tamper with the scope. Any repairs beyond the
maintenance described in the maintenance manual should only be
performed by Schmidt & Bender or by other specialists authorized by Schmidt & Bender. Protect the scope against shocks beyond normal use.
Avoid unnecessary long exposure of the scope to direct sunlight; intense and
excessive sun radiation will cause extremely high temperatures inside the tube which may be detrimental to the scope.
The scope must be properly mounted to the firearm by a qualified specialist.
Perfect mounting is an essential requirement for maximum accuracy and
efficient functioning of the firearm and the scope. Be sure to assume the
proper firing position and keep a correct eye relief in order to obtain an
optimal full field of view and to avoid any injuries due to the recoil of the
This manual uses figures of version “Posicon” to demonstrate the functions of the scope. The manual can be transferred on any other configuration.
3. Technical data
3.1 General data
|Field of view
Reticle focal plane
|14,2 – 3,8 (m/100m)
14,1 – 5,6 (mm)
11,8 – 23,7
+2 to -3 (dpt)
fix 100 (m)
4. Accessories / Scope of supply
The following accessories are supplied along with the riflescope. These parts
can be ordered from a specialist dealer or our service if necessary.
Further accessories can be found on our homepage.
Protective Bikini Caps
5. Operating instructions
Your new Schmidt & Bender riflescope consists of different functional parts
and adjustments (See Illustr. 2).
5.1 Adjusting the image focus with the diopter adjustment of the eyepiece
The eyepiece provides the adjustment of the reticle focus to the individual
eye diopter. Set the scope to the highest magnification. Rotate the eyepiece
counterclockwise until it stops. Rotate the eyepiece clockwise until you see a
sharp image of the reticle (see Illustr. 3).
5.2 Illumination control
Your new riflescope is equipped with the Flash Dot technology which provides a projected bright red dot along with a reticle in the second focal plane.
The bright red dot positioned in the center of the reticle vanishes completely
when switched off.
For optimal target acquisition on dark background, set the intensity of the
illuminated dot to the respective light conditions.
To do this the illumination control may be turned from -0- toward position -11- until a setting is achieved where the red dot is just bright enough to be picked up by the eye without glaring. If possible, this adjustment should be performed under quiet conditions prior to the actual shooting (see Illustr. 4).
If the illumination is not switched off by the shooter after use, illumination
control electronics automatically switch off the illumination after 6 hours.
If the illumination starts blinking, the battery is low and should be replaced.
5.3 Changing the battery
To replace the battery screw off the battery cap and remove the old battery.
Please discard the used battery in an ecologically compatible way!
Place the new battery (coin cell CR 2032/3V) with the „+" facing up into the
battery compartment. Do only change the battery in a dry environment.
Battery service life is at least 100 hours at the highest intensity (see Illustr. 5).
5.4 Using the reticle for the distance estimation
The different available reticles offer a variety of possibilities to estimate or
measure important parameters by means of reticle subtensions. This allows the shooter to place highly precise shots even on large distances by use of the estimates and the ballistic compensator.
The reticle is in the first focal plane such that the reticle subtensions remain
constant on all magnifications.
Exemplary for one reticle in the first focal plane (see Illustr. 6) the distance “A” of the large tics corresponds to 140cm/100m. The shooter can thus calculate the distance to a target which size is known by measuring it with the reticle pattern: If a 140 cm sized target fits inbetween the distance “A”, it is positioned in a distance of 100 m.
For arbitrary object sizes and distances a relation exists according to the
𝑑 is the distance to the target,
𝑔 is the estimated size of the target,
𝑎 is the size of the target on the reticle pattern.
According to the measured distance, the parallax can be set and the bullet
drop can be compensated by the elevation turret.
The reticle subtensions for your reticle can be found in the catalog or on the
6. Preliminary adjusting and fine adjusting when sighting in
6.1 Configurations and features of the elevation- and windage-turret
The Zenith is available in various versions. Please refer to the table below which version correspondents with your scope and read into the correspondenting position what opportunities the turrets are able to provide.
6.2 Using the Posicon turrets
For use of the turrets, please remove the caps from the windage and
elevation turret by unscrewing counter-clockwise (Illustr. 7).
Your new riflescope is equipped with the Posicon-windage and elevation
adjustment. On delivery, the black arrow in the white screen of the turret
indicator points onto the center, symbolized by an - o -.
This ensures that in both left-to-right and up-to-down direction the maximal
amount of adjustment range is available.
The arrow of the so called “Posicon-Clock” provides information on the
position of the reticle at any time (Illustr. 8).
The green sector indicates the square adjustment range in which one
windage and elevation adjustment do not interfere with each other. The red
sector indicates the so called buffer, which provides an additional amount of
adjustment in either direction, but in which one adjustment direction might
interfere with the other.
If the point of impact deviates from the intended aiming point when zeroing
in, this can be corrected very easily and accurately with the turrets. The
reticle always remains in the middle of the visible image.
6.3 Elevation adjustment
The point of impact is moved by 1cm on 100 m on every click. A too low point of impact is corrected by rotating the elevation turret clockwise into the direction indicated by “H” or “U”, (see Illustr. 9), a too high point of impact by rotating the elevation turret counter-clockwise into the direction indicated by “T” or “D”.
6.4 Windage adjustment
The point of impact is moved by 1cm on 100m on every click. A too far left point of impact is corrected by rotating the elevation turret clockwise into the direction indicated by “R”, (see Illustr. 10), a too high point of impact by rotating the elevation turret counter-clockwise into the direction indicated by “L”.
6.5 Marking the zero position
All obtained reticle positions may be marked by the aluminum ring below the knurl.
To do so, please unscrew the cross-slot screw in the Posicon screen and
position and turn the aluminum ring until the index dot and the index triangle match. Then screw the cross-slot screw tightly (Illustr. 11).
6.6 Elevation adjustment Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC)
The point of impact is, depending on the configuration, moved by 1cm on
100m or ¼ MOA on every click. A too low point of impact is corrected by
rotating the elevation turret clockwise (see Illustr. ), a too high point of impact by rotating the elevation turret counter-clockwise.
- For counter-clockwise rotating turrets this relation is opposite!
6.7 Windage adjustment (Posicon)
See at 6.4 page 17.
7.1 Care and Maintanance
Schmidt & Bender Zenith line scopes do not require any special maintenance. All metal parts have a hard anodized surface that is extremely scratchresistant and easy to care for.
For cleaning outer surfaces, use a clean and, if necessary, a slightly damp
Before wiping the optic’s surfaces, use a dry brush to remove coarse dirt or
dust particles. Slight impurities may then be wiped off using a microfibre cloth.
Breathe onto the optic’s surfaces before cleaning them, this helps with the
cleaning process. Excessive dirt may be removed using lukewarm water.
Avoid dry rubbing on the outside optical surfaces, this may harm the precious coatings.
7.2 Storage temperature
The approved temperature range for the storage of the scope is from -55°C
8. Warranty certificate
We hereby certify that our Quality Management System has been approved
by Unternehmensgruppe TUV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg to the following
Quality Management Standard: The TUV Cert Certification Body of TUV
Anlagentechnik GmbH (Unternehmensgruppe TUV Rheinland Berlin
Brandenburg) certifies in accordance with TUV Cert procedures that Schmidt
& Bender GmbH & Co. KG, Am Grossacker 42, D- 35444 Biebertal has
established and applies a quality management system for the design,
production sales and service of fine mechanical optical instruments. Main
product telescopic sights. Proof has been furnished that the requirements
according to ISO 9001 – # Registration No. 01 100 67280 - are fulfilled. All parts have been thoroughly inspected in accordance with the afore-mentioned Quality Management System and correspond to the requirements of the specifications, drawings, test procedures and standards in all respects.
- Guarantee period of 10 years
- Replacement parts are available for at least 30 years
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