Meopta MeoPro 10X42 HD Binocular (Schott Fluoride HD Glass)

meopro-hd-10x42Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 4.92 feet
Dimensions: 5.94 x 5.28 x 2.09 inches
Weight: 25.22 ounces
Field of View: 351 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 17 mm/ 4.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: Schott Glass
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation

Our Rating: 5 Stars

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MeoPro 10X42 Binocular Review

This MeoPro 10X42 HD binocular has ED glass that’s been coated with their proprietary MeoBright coatings that sits on a magnesium alloy chassis body that’s fully waterproof and fog-proof. Multi-position twist up eye cups and the robust protective armor makes this roof prism device the ultimate binocular.

If you’ve got a second page up trying to check out the review rating online, let me beat you to it. There’s currently no rating, as of yet, to report. It only hit the market in 2014 and it won’t be long before there’s a line out the door for this MeoPro 10X42.

Since no one has said anything about this underprized binocular, I want to do it some justice here. With all the techs and specs it sports, it definitely deserves its 15 minutes of fame. In fact, it is has also taken out the number one position on our ‘Best Binoculars Under $1000’ list (which you can check out here), that’s how much we like this MeoPro.

So, if you’re eager to get a head start on seeing what Meopta has in store for you, read over the Q&A to expand your horizons.

 

PROs:
  • Excellent quality glass
  • Excellent quality coatings
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Sculpted rubber armor
CONs:
  • Price

 

MeoPro 10X42 HD Binocular Q&A:

What kind of glass does Meopta use in this MeoPro binocular?

The first part of this answer is, there’s no differentiation of quality glass between the MeoStar and the MeoPro lines. They all use the same type of glass unless it’s an HD optic. If it has HD in the binocular model name, then you’re going to get some extra glass components that improve the quality and light transmission of the bino.

The second part is actually really refreshing to hear – Meopta only uses Schott glass in their optics! Meopta is also one of the largest buyers of Schott glass in all of Europe!

But, who’s Schott? Here’s another “tsk tsk”, wagging finger, and an eye roll from me.

Schott AG happens to be the world’s authority on manufacturing top-quality and unsurpassed glass – to put it lightly. To add some weight to their reputation for you, they’re also the reason why BaK4 prisms are called that – the full name of BaK4 is actually Schott BaK4. Yes, Meopta rolls with the big boys in the optics industry.

 

What makes Schott glass so good?

Trust me when I tell you that if you buy Meopta binoculars that are made with actual, not imitation, but real German Schott glass, you’re getting an excellent buy. The first distinction to make is between the real Schott glass and the Chinese type.

A lot of the time you’ll see BaK4 prisms advertised as the “legit” kind of glass. The kind of glass that gets you high-caliber and matchless image quality and brightness. Most of the time, it’s just that Chinese stuff. So, what’s the difference?

It’s all in the refractive index – the ability to keep chromatic aberrations to a minimum, or even better, to eliminate it. Schott glass should have a refractive index of 1.5688 whereas the Chinese stuff has 1.5525. Do you see it? The higher the number, the better it is and less light dispersion will occur.

As a side note, the Carl Zeiss Foundation (you’ve gotta know who they are, right?) owns all the shares of Schott AG. This makes a lot of sense as to why Carl Zeiss is an unrivaled, world-class authority in optics.

 

What makes this MeoPro an HD binocular?

Okay, I’m laying off of Schott for a minute here to get into the other exciting parts of this MeoPro bino. Meopta USA does all of their manufacturing, assembling, and packaging right there at their headquarters in Long Island, NY where their in-house cutting, grinding, polishing, and coating processes occur. Here’s where it gets good…

The reason why they provide such clear optics unparalleled in the market is because of their HD lens elements and MeoBright. MeoBright is the proprietary ion-assisted fully multi-coated formula that gets applied to each glass lens that touches air.

Multiple coatings are evenly layered on to attain the correct density to eliminate glare and reflections while reducing light loss to a tiny .2 percent per lens. Wow.

The lenses also includes ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass with fluoride and High Definition elements to them to maintain as much color fidelity, contrast, and brightness as possible while reducing color fringing (chromatic aberrations) for a clear, sharp, and brilliant image.

That’s a lot of explaining to do for just two capitalized letters. Whew!

 

Are there any other MeoPro binoculars?

I’ll take this second to explain the MeoPro binocular line. The entire MeoPro series is only offered with HD optics – excellent. They’re also categorized by objective lens size. In the 32 mm series, there’s the MeoPro 8X32 HD and the 10X32 HD.

In the 42 mm series, there’s the MeoPro 8X42 HD and this 10X42 HD.

It was almost a tough call deciding between the two objective lens size MeoPros to feature. In the end, the 42 mm series won out because of the slightly higher amount of positive reviews it had on the Meopta website versus the 32 mm series. The margins were suffocatingly slim.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Multi-position twist up eye cups for a custom fit for all users
  • Schott glass with fluoride, HD, and ED elements for exceptional glass quality
  • MeoBright fully multi-coated formula for up to 99.8% light transmission
  • Light weight and impervious magnesium alloy chassis
  • Fully waterproof and fog-proof
  • Sculpted rubber armor housing provides shockproof-ability
  • Backed by Meopta’s North American Lifetime Transferable Warranty

 

Our Verdict

To glass it up, the Meopta Meopro HD 10X42 binos are an excellent and distinguished pair of binoculars. While we’ve got the price listed as a con, it’s only because few hunters ever spend in this price range for a bino. But, in reality, it’s well worth the cost. No complaints from us!

For only a few hundred bucks more, the MeoStar B1 10×42 HD binos could be yours. On paper, it mightn’t seem much different than the MeoPro, but in person, you’ll have zero eyestrain – ever. With a different roof prism assembly to boot, you’ll never have buyer’s remorse on the MeoStar so take a look at it here.

Realistically though, who’s got $800-$1200 to drop on binoculars? If that sounds like you, you need to check out the Vortex Viper HD 10×42 binos. They’ve got practically everything Vortex can shove into a bino at a much more realistic price – thank you Vortex! If that doesn’t sound like you and spending so much on a binocular is out of your reach, check out some of our other hunting binocular reviews here.

Meopta has gained some media attention for their excellent optics. It’s about darn time that the masses start paying attention too. Where are we on the scale? As long as Meopta pumps out the best of the best optics for the lowest price possible, we’ve got their back!

 

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