Tell me about the Zeiss terra 3x scope looking at the 3x 9x 42 plex. Is 250.00 a good price? Box says made in japan.
I have the whole series, Terra, Conquest DL and Victory HT. Just took a look through each to compare again.
The Terra is a decent scope, and $250 is a great price. Build quality is excellent, and the glass is good. To my eye, Zeiss lenses pass a very full spectrum, from blues all the way up. I find other brands to be on the warmer side, which means less blue. Guess what you need at night? I think the clarity on the Terra is very good, but there's a little less resolution than higher priced models (as one would expect). With the higher end scopes I can see individual blades of grass or hairs on a deer at pretty good distances. With the Terra it's not so easy to see beyond 100 yards. It's a nit pick, obviously one doesn't need to pick out a hair to kill a deer.
For 6X the price, the Conquest DL is a heck of a scope. For 10X the price Victory HT is shockingly good. I think it's the best scope Zeiss makes, better than the new V8s.
For $250 (shipped?) the Terra 3-9x42 will serve you well. If you want the deal of the century on a Conquest DL 2-8x42 there's one here:
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Half price for an illuminated DL-- note, that model has the ASV turret. Best illuminated reticle in the business. Hands down. 1/3MOA fiber optic red dot, infinitely variable brightness. I bought one from these guys about a week ago, totally GT.
I like Zeiss scope. A Victory I've had for years remains outstanding. Only a Kahles Helia CL hunting scope I have gives it a run for the money, perhap out performing it in low light. But the Terra line is disappointing to me. I realize there are limits to what can be done at that price point.
The best budget 3-9x type scope in the same price range is probably the incredible $219 (yes, $219) all-Japanese Weaver Grand Slam Tactical 3-10x40mm. This was a $400 scope a few years ago. I paid $300 for mine, on sale. It was a MidwayUSA exclusive at the time. Still offered by them at $350. Now being offered by Natchez for $219.
It has true tracking tactical turrets in addition to the matching mrad based mil dot reticle. The glass is far superior to Zeiss Terra, closer to Conquest. Incredible bargain.
A good, objective review:
Another, this one by a respected member of this forum:
Mine resides on a long range Sako 6mm bolt gun.
Got two of the terra scopes for 425.00 out the door. So far I am pleased with them. Will know more when I can get to the range end of the week. One is going on a 20 inch ar and the other one is going on a Winchester 30 06 light weight model 70.