Based in the Czech Republic, Meopta has been making premium Euro optics since 1933. I had previously reviewed the US-made Meopta MeoPro 80 HD spotting scope for another publication and found it to be an exceptional performer. The featuring Euro-made MeoStar 82 HD model is Meopta’s top tier model that’s even better than the MeoPro model. The MeoStar has a bigger 82mm objective size with the dual-lens element, interchangeable eyepiece and the options of straight or angled body design.
Meopta only use Schott glass in their optics. Schott is part of Zeiss and it produces the best optical grade glass in the world. The Meopta MeoStar S2’s lens has the MeoBright Multi-coating, the MeoDrop Hydrophobic coating and the MeoShield Hard-coating. Its Schmidt-Pechan roof prism inside is phase-coated in all surface.
The MeoStar’s 82mm objective is made from optical fluoride crystal, which is not the common glass element. The “HD” stands for high-density lens that offers superior light transmission. The fluoride crystal that it uses has the unique property that eliminates chromatic aberration (CA). I couldn’t fine any CA with the Meopta during my field testing.
The control on the Meopta MeoStar S2 is a single large rubberized focus ring. Meopta calls it the Centric-Drive. It’s well dampen for precise focus, yet it’s fast enough to use in most cases. It only becomes too touchy at the very top of the magnification range.
Like all of the current Meopta spotting scope models, the MeoStar S2 comes with a built-in Manfrotto style QD plate tripod mount. It fits into my Manfrotto pistol grip head without any issue. Under the QD mount, there’s a 1/4-20 thread for screw mounting the spotting scope to any tripod.
The eyepiece that I requested is the 20x-70x option. I wanted that because it’s more versatile with a bigger zoom range than the wide-angle 30x-60x eyepiece. The eyepiece is interchangeable and bayonet mounted to the body. The Meopta MeoStar spotting scope comes in a straight eyepiece or angled eyepiece configuration. For short or medium shooting, I would recommending the straight eyepiece. For long range or observation and bird watching, the angled eyepiece model is better for the task.
The black metal piece around the objective lens is the built in lens shade. Just push it out and it provides a 1.5-inch of sun shade. The body of the Meopta MeoStar S2 is made from Magnesium alloy with green color rubber armor.
Optical performance wise, the top-of-the-line Meopta is about as good as it gets as it’s inline with the Zeiss Victory and the Swarovski ATS series in term of resolution and low light performance. Both the Zeiss and Swarovski offer more size options and dual focus rings. However, the Moepta MeoStar is $1000 or more cheaper than both. During my field test, I had no problem seeing torso size steel targets at over 1200 yards. As I mentioned before, there’s no chromatic aberration to found in any light condition.
Meopta MeoStar S2 82mm HD Spotting Scope Specification:
|Objective:||82mm dual HD fluoride crystal|
|Lens Coating:||Multi-coating (MeoBright)|
|Hydrophobic coating (MeoDrop)|
|Prism Type:||Schmidt-Pechan roof prism|
|Transmission:||93% Daylight, 88% Twilight.|
|Body Type:||Straight or Angled|
|Body Material:||Magnesium alloy w/ rubber armor|
|Sealing:||Nitrogen Purged, water submersible|
|Eyepiece:||interchangeable 20x-70x or 30x-60x|
|Weight:||51.29 oz w/o eye piece|