The editor looks through a highly spec’d scope from a new brand
Phill Price introduces the brand-new, long-range scope from Aztec Optics - the Emerald - a scope with a difference
The scope market is a very congested place to be, so you’d be pretty brave to launch a new brand against the industry giants that have the lion’s share of the market, in my opinion. You’d be even braver to make your first model a very specialised long-range job. With that in mind, say hello to Aztec Optics and their Emerald 5.5-25 x 50 opener. It ticks all the boxes for the modern airgunner: 30mm body tube, check: 50mm objective, check: exposed oversized adjuster drums, check: fancy reticle? Double check! Box full of accessories: check. Most importantly for a scope that claims to be airgun compatible, parallax adjustment that dials down to 10 yards for close-range ratting and the like.
FIT AND FINISH
The fit and finish looks good, and although the power adjuster was very tight from the box, it soon loosened up. An oversized side wheel is included that made parallax adjustments easy, light work and the windage and elevation drums turned with a pleasant resistance. I’ll say now that I dislike exposed adjuster turrets that do not lock, and the simple ‘pull-up to release and push-down to lock’ system on the Aztec work well, so I’d have no concerns in taking it into the field.
The question for me is, who is this scope for? In the world of full-bore, high-power rifles, 25x magnification, 30moa of vertical reticle markings and ultra-complicated reticle dots to allow windage and elevation corrections, it makes sense, but for the average airgunner, what does it bring? The best answer I heard to that question was from an older man who had found immense pleasure from plinking targets at longer and longer ranges.
He’d got into trajectory mapping software and had applied that to his own scope and had used a laser rangefinder to measure the distance to the target With that data, he used scope’s technology to give him very specific aim points on the reticle or a number of clicks on the elevation adjuster. With practice, he was able to hit 40mm knock- down targets out to 65 yards consistently, as long as the wind didn’t blow. On breezy days, he tried to spot the pellet strikes on the target’s face and then ‘walk’ his pellets in. Sure, it might take four or five shots to get the feel for that moment’s wind, but as a retired man he had all the time he needed to enjoy his new game. This is a lot of scope for the money and if long-range games are your bag, then it’s well worth a look. To buy one, call the number below and have a chat to the nice people there. The scope is usually £ 390, but they’re having an introductory offer where you can save £ 15.
I liked the low profile exposed turrets because they lock your zero securely