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Meopta MeoPro 10X42 HD Plus binoculars

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Meopta MeoPro 10X42 HD Plus binoculars.

This report covers:

  • Back story
  • Back to today
  • The story not told
  • Made in China
  • What do you get?
  • Compare to the MeoStar 10X42 binos
  • Sawdust weighs in

I love my job! I love it because from time to time I get to evaluate other shooting gear besides airguns and accessories that are directly related. And I am an optics nerd, so things like spotting scopes and binoculars are right up my alley.

Today we look at Meopta’s latest release in binoculars — the MeoPro 10X42 HD Plus. The Plus denotes new upgrades done to the MeoPro HD binos. The MeoPro HD Plus binoculars deliver sharper, brighter images and better contrast and resolution than the Gen 1 models.

Back story

Back in 2018 I reported on the Meopta MeoStar 10X42 binoculars that I now use as my spotting scope at distances closer than 100 yards. When I say “spotting scope” in a 25-yard test, it is these binos I am looking through.

MeoStar binoculars
MeoStar 10X42 binoculars.

This is what I said about these back in 2018 — “Now MeoStar 10-42 binoculars are not a piece of equipment most of you will every buy, but I want to talk about them today. I have been looking at them for the past three years — ever since seeing them at the SHOT Show in 2016. You may recall I did buy the MeoPro 80 HD spotting scope after seeing it at that show, and I am still impressed by its sharpness and clarity. I can see .22 caliber bullet holes in a black bullseye at 200 yards with that scope — admittedly on a sunny day — but just try doing that sometime.”

I wrote a feature article for Firearms News about that spotting scope, and in the process of researching I learned a lot about Meopta. They started making darkroom equipment in the 1930s, and made military optics during World War II. When the Iron Curtain went up in 1945, they were behind it. The communists had them continue to make optics for the military and they made the finest quality possible. When the wall fell down in 1989 and it was “anything for a buck” throughout the eastern block nations, Meopta suddenly found a market for their high-end optics that was then being served by Leica, Swarovski, Steiner, Zeiss and others.”

In 2007 they added a sport optics line, using the same high precision equipment they were using for their military contracts, and scheduling their production for the times when the contract work was lax. As a result, they created the “best optics you never heard of,” according the Meopta former USA Chief Operations Officer and general manager, Reinhard Seipp.”

Back to today

I was surprised when at least one blog reader did buy a pair of these expensive binos, but he readily admitted that he valued good optics. That’s a viewpoint with which I can identify. They were just under a thousand bucks retail back then but at today’s cost of $1,389.99 at B&H Photo, these binoculars are hardly the ones most sportsmen will buy. And that, more than anything else, is the reason I was so surprised when I learned at the 2022 SHOT Show this January about the MeoPro 10X42 HD Plus binos that were expected to retail at a third the price. B&H Photo lists them at $649.00 but a search online turned up several for around $500. There were some listed for even less but when I clicked on those links they said this is a discontinued item. Well, it’s not discontinued — it’s brand new. But it may be that Meopta USA doesn’t want to deal with cut-price houses.

The story not told

No doubt several readers will be in low earth orbit when they read about these prices. I can’t do anything about that, but the rest of you need to understand that this is a segment of the optics marketplace that’s admittedly small but very discerning. Buyers of optics in this price range will be put off by the slightest bit of sloppy workmanship that is revealed in loose tubes, focus adjustments with slack and the worst of all binocular problems — optics that are out of of collimation. You’ll see this as one tube’s image being in sharp focus while the other one seems ever-so-slightly out. Many binos with a central focusing knob also allow one eye to focus independently to correct for this. On the other hand, the top of the line binos like Swarovski 10X42 do not focus separately and they retail for $2,200. Those are the level of field glasses the MeoStar 10X42 HD is pitted against.

Made in China

In the price range where the MeoPro binos that we are now looking at compete ($400-650) some brands are advertised as being made in Germany when they are actually made in China. There is nothing bad about Chinese optics, but the practice of false advertising does turn off many buyers. Meopta doesn’t do that. As I explained above Meopta has a business model that has evolved out of military contracts and now offers the same mil spec quality benefits to the general public.

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What do you get?

I have to be honest — when I saw an example of the MeoPro 10X42 HD Plus binoculars at the SHOT Show and heard that they were to be so much less expensive than my MeoStars I asked myself whether I should have waited for them to come out instead of buying the more expensive binos? They are the same power as my MeoStars — are they just as good? What does “good” even mean when it comes to binoculars in this price range?

While in the SHOT Show exhibit hall in Las Vegas there is very little I can do to evaluate binoculars. I can look up at the ceiling that’s several stories above the floor and I look at details like the bolts that hold the girders together, but without other binoculars to compare to, it’s not much of a test. All I know from that is these binos are clear, bright and sharp. But a $65 pair from Tasco might look just as good under those conditions. What about sharpness at the edge of the image, and line pair resolution? Those are all nice terms but BB doesn’t own an optics testing lab, so he can’t do that.

Compare to the MeoStar 10X42 binos

The reason I asked Meopta for the 10X42 MeoPro HD Plus for this evaluation is it is the same power as my MeoStars. This MeoPro HD Plus bino is also made in an 8X32 and an 8X56 but I asked for the more powerful one so it would match my MeoStar.

The MeoPro’s are lighter, at 24.3 ounces compared to the 33.3 ounces of the MeoStars. That’s a difference I can easily feel. Their optical tubes are also smaller, making them feel more like large compact binocs.

According to the specifications the MeoPro passes 86 percent of the light that enters the objective lenses while the MeoStar passes 88 percent. Outdoors I can’t see any difference, but indoors in low light there is a slight advantage to the MeoStar — or at least it seems that way.

At 100 yards on a daylight target both binos appear equally sharp. The MeoStars focus with just the central knob while the MeoPro has an adjustable right eyepiece. So there is more to do at every distance with the MeoPro. The MeoStar is equally sharp, if not slightly sharper with just the central focus. That’s a huge part of the difference in price.

The MeoStar’s field of view is supposedly smaller, at 33.2 feet at 100 yards to the MeoPro’s 35.1 feet, but when I examined it outside on several targets I saw just the reverse. The field of view for the MeoStar seemed to be several feet (3 or so) wider at about 100 yards than the MeoPro’s. I think this has something to do with the image I see, because the image the MeoStar gives is very round and singular while the image I see through the MeoPro seems to be parts of two circles instead of one. I just like the image I am seeing through the MeoStar binos better. I tried very hard not to be biased when looking but I have to confess that I’m pleased with what I see, since I already own the MeoStars.

Sawdust weighs in

I asked my neighbor, Denny, who comments on this blog as sawdust, to do the same test and he saw the reverse. He saw the field of view about 1 or two feet wider with the MeoPros, which is what the specifications say. He also felt the image in the MeoStar at 100 yards outdoors was ever-so-slightly sharper than that of the MeoPro. Again, that’s entirely subjective.

I did have Denny adjust the right eyepiece of the MeoPro to make this evaluation. He was reading car license plates at about 100 yards.

MeoPro eyepiece
The right eyepiece adjusts for individual eyesight. First cover the right side objective lens and focus the left with the central adjustment. Then cover the left side and adjust this eyepiece until the image is sharp. The right eyepiece adjusts for individual eyesight.

That said, would I buy the MeoStar instead of the MeoPro again? Not at all! In fact I am having a difficult time deciding to send the MeoPro back, except how many pair of great binoculars do I need? This is what being an optics nerd gets you.

I still own the East German Zeiss NVA 7X40 border guard binos that both of these Meoptas put to shame, and I still use them for limited operations. They’re quicker to get into operation because they have no case. They’re armored and ruggedized for military operations, so I don’t feel bad about leaving these binos in my truck’s console. As nice as the Meoptas both are I would always carry them afield in their cases, though both do have have caps for all lenses.

MeoStar and Zeiss
East German 7X40 Zeiss border guards binoculars on the right, MeoStars on the left.

Will Pyramyd AIR ever carry this MeoPro HD Plus line of binoculars? I doubt it. Customers aren’t coming to Pyramyd AIR to buy binoculars. Riflescopes, certainly, but not binocs. However, if you are shopping for a pair of binocs for yourself and you are considering something in the mid to higher range of the Nikon, Zeiss or Steiner line, here is something else to consider.

23 thoughts on “Meopta MeoPro 10X42 HD Plus binoculars”

  1. BB,

    That’s a very nice pair of binoculars to be able to read license plates at a 100 yards. Usually the numbers start to blur for me at something less than that. Admittedly I do need to wear corrective lenses.


    • RidgeRunner,

      It all boils down to matter of being able to see what you want to see. If you current binoculars do the job why bother changing?


      • Siraniko,
        That is one plain statement! You boiled the matter down nicely.
        I’m enjoying my spotting scope from P/A that is mounted on a camera tripod, to see holes in paper within my airgun range. It works for what I want to see.

      • LOL! There is a balance one must reach with so many things, not just optics.

        I have seen some very affordable binoculars I would like to own except they are too large to carry. You need a hefty camera tripod to use them. I have had spotting scopes that you could see the flies buzzing around a cow’s face at over 400 yards. It was not practical to carry.

        From what BB is saying, these are very nice optics. They are also very expensive, at least for my budget. Now, as I peruse the local yard sales, I am sometimes able to pick up some really nice optics at very affordable prices. A couple of years ago I picked up a decent Japanese made 7×50 prismatic binoculars for $10. Think $300-400 in a store today. I saw a Daisy 4×15 scope yesterday for $5. You might sneer, but I would have bought it if I did not already have one sitting on my desk. They are decent little scopes, most especially for busting fuzzy tailed tree rats.

  2. Fortunately I do not require any more binoculars because I already own two pairs, of which my Pentax 9×32 are rather decent too. However, today’s article has me window-shopping again.

    For likeminded ‘researchers’ the BBR website (bestbinocularsreviews.com), may be of interest. I consider it to offer particularly informative temptations… 🙂

  3. Own Tasco 7X35 binoculars which were given FM as a Christmas present by his parents and they’ve done the job for many years. However, if the budget were unlimited would love to add these Meoptas to the inventory. Chinese optics may be ok, but given what is going on out there, have committed to avoiding spending money on anything Made In China, realizing sometimes it will be impossible to avoid doing so.

  4. B.B.,
    Back in my younger days, I had a pair of German field glasses (7x by 50mm) that I thought were awesome. The thought of spending $1000, or even $500, for a set of binoculars would have never crossed my mind. However, about 20 years ago, my wife and I were in the quaint Florida town of Mount Dora, and we went on an afternoon lake cruise looking for nesting American Bald Eagles. Amazingly, while our guide was still talking about finding them, my wife was the first one to spot the eagles. I had given her my Tasco binoculars that we were sharing back and forth (everyone else on the trip had their own binoculars). The guide looked at the eagles, then passed me his own binoculars, and asked if I’d like to try them. They were a set of Steiner military-grade auto-focusing binoculars. I was amazed at the clarity! As I leaned over the edge of the rail, the guide politely asked if I would please put the strap over my head (so as to make sure his binocs didn’t wind up in the lake!), as that particular pair had cost him over $1000 (and that was 20 years ago). My wife freaked out when she heard the price, and told me to step away from the railing, hahaha! Yet, as frugal as she can be (an accountant =>), once I got her to look through the thousand-dollar-binoculars, she concurred that they were worth every penny.
    That being said, I’m still waiting for her to buy me a set…not holding my breath, though. 🙂
    But I learned my lesson; primo optics are well worth the money.
    Thanking you for a most interesting report,

    • Dave,

      I had that happen at the SHOT Show several years ago when I looked through the MeoStars that I bought three years later. I had never looked through optics like that. I thought my East German NVA border guard binos were as good as they got. At the time I owned a par of Baush & Lomb 7X56 binos from WW II. They were from the Navy for use on ships. They were good, but nothing like these Meoptas. I eventually sold them.


  5. My personal binoculars are a 40+ year-old pair of Tasco 7x50s.. This past Christmas I gave my younger sister, who is a birdwatcher, a pair of MeoStar 8×56 binos. I seldom use binoculars, but have to admit that the MeoStars are ‘way ahead of my old Tascos. If I were to need a replacement for my ancient binoculars, the Meopta brand would be my first stop.


  6. I´ve been using a pair of Olympus 8×40 DPS I binoculars for about 10 years now and can´t fault them. They are compact, light, sturdy and render a crystal clear, bright image that is amazing for the paltry price of £50.

  7. It seems from online description that the right eye diopter adjustment for Meostar is on the center focus wheel stalk. It operates separately from the central focus wheel that adjusts both oculars at once. So, both binoculars adjust for differences in the strength of your two eyes. They just do it with different adjustment wheels. One on the center stalk. The other, more common wheel on the right ocular.

  8. If you see two circles or if your field of view is vignetted it is likely because you have not adjusted the oculars to fit the distance between your pupils. It is important for anyone who buys binoculars to make sure that the minimum and maximum inter pupillary distance of the binoculars allows them to match their own. Or you have not adjusted the twist-up eye cups to the correct distance between your eyes and the ocular lenses, Eyeglass wearers need to twist the eye cups down. Non-eyeglass wearers up. More or less. Also, it is possible the older MeoPro HD line is on its way out. Oddly, before release, the MeoPro HD Plus 10×42 was listed at $499.

  9. I just finished using my MeoPro HD Plus 8×56 binos while hiking and fishing in Alaska. I post photos on the Meopta Facebook page. The 8×56 off amazing low light capabilities, a huge exit pupil seems to just suck all the ambient light available to your pupil. These binos were a huge help in searching for bait balls on the surface and led to an amazing day of fishing more than once. These are more $ but will be in my bag opening the morning of deer season and in the boat while duck hunting. I’ve done some freelance work with Meopta over the years and for the $, I truly do not think their products can be beaten.

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