Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

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Congratulations on the acquisition of your new Victory® Harpia by ZEISS. Enjoy impressive, true-to-life image viewing that stands out from the crowd, characterised by a wide field of vision and the ability to reproduce even the smallest details.

ZEISS brand products are synonymous with outstanding optical performance, precise processing, and long service life.

To ensure that you get the best use from your spotting scope and can rely on it for many years to come, please observe the following instructions for use.

Further information and safety instructions be found in the QuickGuide provided. This guide can also be found at the Download Center on our website.


Environmental influences

  • Never look directly into the sun or laser light sources with the spotting scope, as this can result in severe damage to your eyes.
  • Do not expose the device to the sun for longer periods of time without a protective cover. The objective lens and the eyepiece can act as a magnifying glass and damage the inner components.
  • Do not drop the device and avoid direct impact to it.
  • Avoid touching the metal surface after solar radiation or cold.

Choking hazard

  • Keep the removable exterior parts of the device out of the reach of children (choking hazard).
  • Allow only authorized workshops or employees of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics GmbH to perform repairs. Allowing the device to be repaired by unauthorized workshops or opening it improperly will render the warranty void.

Inserting and removing the eyepiece

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

Remove the protective cap from the eyepiece and the protective bayonet cover from the spotting scope.

Left: To insert the eyepiece (1) into the eyepiece socket (2), the eyepiece must be turned by 45° using the safety knob (3), as pictured. To lock, turn the eyepiece clockwise until the safety knob (3) clicks into place.

Right: To remove the eyepiece, pull the safety knob (3) upwards and turn the eyepiece anti-clockwise. You can remove the eyepiece by gently pulling it out.

Tripod mounting

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

Because of the high magnification, observation without a tripod is not recommended.

Above: The tripod shoe of the ZEISS Victory Harpia (4) has 3/8“ and 1/4“ threading (via integrated threaded insert) that allows the ZEISS Victory Harpia to be mounted onto all conventional tripods. But the tripod shoe of the ZEISS Victory Harpia fits directly onto all tripod heads except for the standard plate 200PL.

Below: The tripod ring (5) on your ZEISS Victory Harpia enables you to turn the spotting scope around the lengthways axis, so that you can change the viewing direction of the angled eyepiece where required. To do this, release the clamping screw (6) on the tripod holder (turn counterclockwise) and then turn the spotting scope in the desired direction. The best locking is achieved in the locking positions that are available every 45°.

Observation with and without glasses

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

For observation without glasses, use the eyepiece with the eyecup (7) unscrewed. To unscrew the eyecup, turn it to the left.

Cleaning and changing the eyecup

The eyecup can be unscrewed completely for cleaning or changing. Unscrew the eyecup (7) until it stops and continue through the threading in the same direction. To put it back, follow the reverse order.


Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

The ZEISS Victory Harpia has a focus ring (8) that you can use to focus your image depending on the distance.

The innovative Dual Speed Focusing DSF makes focusing possible at variable speed without changing your grip. The switch-over is carried out automatically by a reliable precision mechanism, which functions excellently even at low temperatures. As long as you turn the focusing constantly in one direction, fast focusing is primarily activated. Always focus slightly beyond the optimal focus point with fast focusing. As soon as the turning direction is changed, fine focusing is activated, offering precise sharp focusing on the finest details. Once you become familiar with it, you will observe how the DSF intuitively enables quick and precise focusing.

Note: When switching, you will notice that the fine focus adjusts more easily than the quick focus.

Changing the magnification

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

All magnifications, from the lowest to highest magnification level, allow infinitely variable setting. Zoom in or out by turning the adjustment ring (9). The magnification levels are marked by numbers and markings.

Sun shield

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

Zeiss Victory Harpia Spotting Scopes Instruction Manual

The sun shield (10) keeps bright sunlight out and at the same time protects from the rain. The direction finder (11) on the lens hood makes it easier to focus on an object.


ZEISS Victory Harpia 85 ZEISS Victory Harpia 95
Focal length mm 162 – 486 174 – 523
Filter thread on objective lens side M86x1 M95x1
Objective lens diameter mm 85 95
Shortest focusing distance m (yds) 3.5 (3.8) 4.5 (4.9)
Height mm (inch) 121 (4.8) 124 (4.9)
Width mm (inch) 103 (4.1) 109 (4.3)
Length mm (inch) 384 (15.1) 408 (16.1)
Weight without eyepiece g (oz) 1934 (68.2) 2078 (73.3)
Watertightness mbar 400 400


Eye piece
Magnification 22 – 65x 23 – 70x
Focal length mm 7.48 7.48
Field of view m/1000 m
(ft/1000 yds)
63.2 – 21.0
(189.6 – 63.0)
58.8 – 19.5
(176.4 – 58.5)
Zoom factor 3x 3x
Exit pupil mm 2.50 – 1.31 2.50 – 1.34 mm
Diameter mm (inch) 53 (2.1) 53 (2.1)
Length mm (inch) 71 (2.8) 71 (2.8)
weight g (oz) 220 (7.8) 220 (7.8)



The ZEISS Victory Harpia does not need special care. Do not wipe off coarse dirt particles (e.g. sand) from the lenses, rather blow them away or use a fine brush to remove them. Fingerprints can affect the surfaces after a while. The easiest way to clean optical surfaces is to breath on them and rub them softly with a clean lens cleaning cloth. Storing in a dry place with good ventilation will help prevent fungus from forming on the lens.

Eveready cases, which are available as an accessory, are particularly well suited for storage and transport.


Should you require spare parts for your spotting scope, e.g. a protective cover, please contact your specialist retailer or our after-sales service. You can find the after-sales addresses for your country at: www.zeiss.com/sports-optics/service-points



*Accessory is not included in the scope of delivery

ZEISS is a byword for reliability and a high level of quality. Therefore, quite independently of the seller’s warranty obligations to the customer, we the manufacturer offer a ten year guarantee on this ZEISS product.

The scope of the guarantee can be seen by accessing the following link: www.zeiss.com/sports-optics/premium-warranty-conditions

For US, please follow this link: www.zeiss.com/sports-optics/us-warranty-conditions

Register your product at: www.zeiss.com/sports-optics/registration

Subject to changes in design and scope of supply due to technical improvements.

No liability for mistakes and printing errors.


Carl Zeiss Sports Optics GmbH
Gloelstraße 3 – 5
35576 Wetzlar


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