Meopta is a renowned European optics manufacturer with headquarters in Czech Republic. This year, they’ve come up with a revolutionary reticle technology which I had to go and check out at Shot Show 2019. At their booth, I also tested their new binoculars’ and riflescopes’ series named Optika (riflescopes go by the name Optika 6 – 6 stands for the zoom factor that these riflescopes have). I had the pleasure of seeing the new reticle technology on some of their new Optika 6 riflescopes. Read on to learn more about it.
Firstly, this is something we haven’t seen on the market before, which is why I was looking forward to seeing how it works in practice. The technology is based on a special ‘DichroTech’ coating which enhances contrast and thus improves aiming abilities in all lighting conditions. It allows the reticle to adjust the tone and intensity to the ambient light, without the use of a battery.
At Shot Show, riflescopes with this technology implemented had a 4 MOA red dot in the center of the reticle. The reticle (including the dot) is activated by the surrounding light – the coating turns bright red in daylight conditions (this was also the case when I looked through the scope at their booth) but might turn green in the dusk, adding to better contrast, making target acquisition easier. Basically, the coating ensures optimal visibility based on the available light (as if the coating “knew” which color suits the background best), while the dot draws the user’s eye to the centre of the field of view. Also, what’s interesting, is that the colored reticle is transparent, as opposed to the traditional reticle which covers up some of the field of view. This is especially great when setting the riflescope to higher magnifications.
On the site www.dichrotech.com, it is listed that the reticles can be designed in all colors of the spectrum, which means that we can expect many variations in the future. Basically, you will be able to make a choice based on the terrain you hunt on most.
All that this technology needs to function is light, rendering the use of batteries obsolete.
As for now, the Dichroic Reticle technology has been announced on the following models (standard reticles will still be available for those who prefer them):
- MeoStar R1 3-12×56 FFP
- Meostar R1r 3-12×56 SFP
- Optika6 line of riflescopes (new 2019)
The Dichroic Reticle technology received quite some attention at Meopta’s booth in Vegas because it is something we haven’t seen before. Riflescopes with this technology are already available on the market. Meopta claimed that they will offer Meostar models with DichroTech 4D reticle at the same price as the standard models until the end of March 2019. After that, the new, revolutionary reticle will cost you 200 $ extra.