I’ve been talking about the Optika6 riflescopes for a little while now and figured I should sorta summarize my thoughts.
I have not tested any low powered Optika6 scopes. The scopes I have tested are one 3-18×50 with MRAD1 reticle and two 5-30×56 with MRAD reticle. I designed these reticles for Meopta, but I did not have anything to do with the design of the riflescopes. A few people asked me, so to clear things up: I have exactly zero inside knowledge on these and everything I know comes from spending time with the three scopes mentioned above. Moreover, Meopta kinda went silent on me since SHOT, so if you ask me a question about a different product I have not tested, my chances of getting any information from them are not very good. We had a nice conversation at SHOT, but I reached out to them a few times since with zero success.
With that out of the way, the Optika6 scopes I have, I happened to like a fair bit and I think they do quite nicely in their respective price ranges.
Optically, both Optika6 models I have seen demostrate excellent, probably class leading resolution, but midpack contrast. Eye relies is long and reasonably forgiving. FOV is midpack, but at a slightly longer than average eye relief. BigJimFIsh had some issues with flare. There must be sample variation since the scopes I have control flare very nicely for sub-$1k designs.
Low light performance is respectable, but if you step up in price to around $1200, that is where you will see improvements, along with contrast.
Reticles are in the eye of the beholder, but I obviously like the ones in Optika6.
Mechanically, none of the Optika6 scopes gave me any issues. There is a slight amount of slop in the elevation turrets due to the locking mechanism, but it did not get in the way. 5-30×56 has an exposed non-locking windage turret, while 3-18×59 has a low profile covered windage turret. I much prefer the latter. The only real problem I have with the turrets is the lack of the rev counter.
Here is the spec table for the 3-18×50. There isn’t really a lot of direct competition for this scope, so most other ones listed are more expensive.
|Tract Toric UHD 4-20×50||Element Nexus 5-20×50||SWFA SSHD 5-20×50||Meopta Optika6 3-18×50||Burris XTR III 3.3-18×50||Brownell MPO 3-18×50|
|Main Tube Diameter||30mm||30mm||30mm||30mm||34mm||34mm|
|Eye Relief, in||3.9||3.7 – 3||4||3.94||3.25 – 4||3.4|
|FOV, ft@100yds||24.5 – 4.9|
|23.3 – 5.8|
11.6 @ 10x
|20.1-5.1 10.2@10x||33.6 – 5.7|
10.3 @ 10x
|37.7 – 6.8|
12.24 @ 10x
|35 – 6.2|
|Exit Pupil||8 – 2.5||9.5 – 2.8||8.6 – 2.7|
|Click Value, mrad||0.1||0.1||0.1||0.1||0.1||0.1|
|Adj per turn, mrad||10||10||10||10||10||10|
|Adjustment range, mrad||19||E: 23.2|
|E: 40 |
|Close Focus, yds||25||10||35||10||25||25|
With the 5-30×56, there also isn’t a ton of direct competition with the somewhat more expensive Ares ETR being the closest. The big question there is whether it is best to stay around $1k with Ares and Optika6 or step up to Cronus or Stryker. All four are nice scope. In the lower price ranges, only the new Strike Eagle is kinda competitive with Optika6, but I have yet look at the side-by-side. Soon though. Strike Eagle does have really wide FOV and is generally a very competitive design
|Meopta Optika6 5-30×56||Athlon Ares ETR 4.5-30×56||Delta Stryker HD 4.5-30×56||Athlon Cronus BTR 4.5-29×56||Vortex Strike Eagle 5-25×56|
|Main Tube Diameter||34mm||34mm||34mm||34mm||34mm|
|Eye Relief, in||3.94||3.9||3.2 – 3.8||3.6 – 3.8||3.7|
|FOV, ft@100yds||24.6 – 3.65.4 @ 20x||24.5 -3.7|
55.65 @ 20x
|24.8 – 3.7|
25.58 @ 20x
|24.8 – 3.8|
35.55 @ 20x
|24 – 5.2|
6.2 @ 20x
|Exit Pupil||9.5 – 1.9||8.8 – 1.9||8.8 – 1.9||8.8 – 1.9|
|Click Value||0.1 mrad||0.1 mrad||0.1 mrad||0.1 mrad||0.2 mrad|
|Adj per turn||10 mrad||10 mrad||10 mrad||10 mrad||10 mrad|
|Adjustment range||32 mrad||32 mrad||E: 30 mradW: 15 mrad||E: 32 mradW: 18 mrad||E:31 mradW”23 mrad|
|Close Focus||25 yards||25 yards||23m||25 yards||15 yards|
Here are the videos I made about these. Please be forewarned: I speak with an accent and editing videos and sound is not something I do well or a lot of. I am getting better though, so bear with me. For now, combination of less than optimal sound and my accent does not make things easy. THe accent is not going anywhere any time soon, I am afraid.