NEW DIS­COV­ERY

Mark Camoc­cio tries a fixed power scope that has HFT writ­ten all over it

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Mark Camoc­cio re­views the VT2 10x44 SF from Dis­cov­ery Op­tics

Dis­cov­ery Op­tics is a fairly new brand, im­ported into the UK by Sureshot Air­guns, but what gives them a level of cred­i­bil­ity from the out­set is the fact that their prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured in a fac­tory founded in 2014, by an ex- de­signer of Vor­tex. The range of scopes on of­fer is slowly ex­pand­ing, and each model seems packed with fea­tures for very rea­son­able money.

On test here is the brand new VT-2 10x44SF model, and whilst its fixed power spec­i­fi­ca­tion seems ideal for Hunter Field Tar­get ( HFT), with a side- fo­cus fa­cil­ity, it would dou­ble nicely as a hunt­ing tool. At £129.99, this VT-2 seems great value, so let’s take a closer look and see how it shapes up.

COM­PACT

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion is a fixed 10x, and the front ob­jec­tive lens is 44mm. The ‘SF’ in the name de­notes Side Fo­cus, and the de­sign in­cor­po­rates tac­ti­cal- style, lock­able tur­rets. The VT2 10x44SF sports a sin­gle- piece 30mm body tube, con­structed from air­craft- grade alu­minium al­loy, and even comes fit­ted with rea­son­able qual­ity, flip- up lens caps. There’s the usual fast -fo­cus ring at the rear, and the ret­i­cle fit­ted is Dis­cov­ery’s HML de­sign. Oh, and it comes com­plete with a set of ring mounts.

SET-UP

On the sub­ject of mounts; the ones that come in the box are per­fectly us­able, but they are fairly cheap, and also have that in­fu­ri­at­ing sticky pad­ding in­side, which whilst in­tended to pro­tect the scope just adds glue to the body tube for the fore­see­able fu­ture. My ad­vice would be to throw them in a drawer some­where, and splash out the princely sum of not much at all on some su­per- pre­cise Sports­match rings. You re­ally won’t re­gret it!

With the scope in place, I set about ze­ro­ing, and here, the tar­get tur­rets are clearly marked 0 through to 14, keep­ing things sim­ple. Whilst they are high- pro­file tar­get tur­rets, they are less chunky than some, so will not play havoc in a padded hard case for be­ing too wide – a prob­lem that does hap­pen. Pull the tur­ret to open the mech­a­nism, ad­just as re­quired, and then push to lock. In use, the tur­ret move­ment was just a lit­tle vague, but care­ful move­ment keeps a pre­cise track. Clicks are quar­ter- inch at 100 yards, which I have al­ways found ideal, per­son­ally.

IN USE

On the sub­ject of the fixed power, this does mean that there are fewer mov­ing parts in­side, which can only be an ad­van­tage where op­ti­cal in­stru­ments are con­cerned. The left dial is to ad­just the dis­tance at which the scope is par­al­lax cor­rected, and it’s neatly marked up from a min­i­mum dis­tance of 10 yards, then 25, 50, 100, 200 and in­fin­ity. On test, I found that the ac­tual min­i­mum dis­tance where the tar­get be­came clear was 17 yards, de­spite be­ing marked up as 10 yards, but this in it­self isn’t a prob­lem – many scopes, cer­tainly at

the cheaper end of the mar­ket, have printed ranges on the par­al­lax dial, that don’t ac­tu­ally tally up.

I set the dial to a point be­tween the 10- yard and 25- yard marks, and this was clar­ity- checked at around 23 yards. With that left alone, all the usual ranges through an HFT course were shootable. Clar­ity from around 18 yards was al­most clear, and 35 yards through to 45 yards was per­fectly clear. Bear in mind the ‘no ad­just­ment’ rule for HFT, and this VT-2 passes the test on that score.

Dis­cov­ery fits this model with the HML ret­i­cle, and this stands for Half- Mil Line. It’s a bold de­sign, as a cross with an ex­tended down axis, 5- mil line val­ues up, and on each side, then 9- mil lines down. Each small dash is a half- mil seg­ment, so there’s a host of pro­por­tional aim points, mak­ing it an ideal tool to tackle those knock- down tar­gets.

Lenses used through­out are spec­i­fied as fully multi- coated, with anti-re­flec­tive com­pounds used. As for the im­age, edge-to- edge clar­ity and bright­ness are com­mend­able, with no de­tectable aber­ra­tions or dis­tor­tions. The scope body tube is ni­tro­gen- gas purged with full ‘O’ ring seals, so is wa­ter­proof, fog­proof, and shock­proof, as we would ex­pect these days.

VER­DICT

So, quite a ca­pa­ble scope for the money, that would be equally home on an HFT course, or in the field in a hunt­ing sit­u­a­tion, where much the same re­quire­ments ex­ist. The im­age is crisp, and that pos­i­tive ret­i­cle a ma­jor as­set. Fac­tor in the Dis­cov­ery Life­time War­ranty, and the ask­ing price of £129.99 in­clud­ing those mounts, and it be­gins to look like a great deal all round.

ABOVE: The Dis­cov­ery VT-2 10x44SF

LEFT: The push- pull lock­able tur­rets aren’t ex­ces­sively wide

ABOVE: The HML HalfMil Line ret­i­cle is very us­able

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