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Riccardo Ceccarelli, hunterZeiss, in the world of hunting is undoubtedly a milestone, not only for its historic presence at the side of the hunter, but because he has always endeavored to provide the tool that would facilitate the better.

This commitment and deep knowledge of the various types of hunting, has enabled the company to not ever focus on maximizing an aspect, but to move the bar higher and higher global development, producing optical hunting at the top for ease of use , versatility, robustness and performance. This is the philosophy by which Zeiss has never moved away and that is what has been entered, as usual, moreover, in his line of rifle scopes Victory V8.

The goal he has set himself the German company was to create, in respect of the maximum technically achievable performance, a telescope broad spectrum of use, ensuring high quality of use to both the hunter is to use a short stalking, to the one who performs pointings over long distances. Objectives hunting extreme that only a company that combines expertise in optical and electronic technology if you could imagine to pursue and achieve.

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The Victory V8 is a summary of everything: versatility, great brightness and extraordinary compactness in relation to the many technological solutions intergrated into it.

Starting the analysis from what is undoubtedly the cornerstone of the optical scopes, the brightness, it is noted that the Victory V8 has a level of light transmission of 92%, simply outstanding when you consider that we’re talking about with a view zoom, rather than a superzoom, however, has an extraordinary visual field that reaches 23 degrees.

And we all know what this factor is crucial when the wild is covered with a dense shadow at the edge of a forest at dusk or even worse; under these conditions limit brightness and sharpness make the difference and get the Zeiss, thanks to the extraordinary effectiveness of the group lenses / glass SCHOTT HT that enhance brightness in the image.

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Consolidated factor brightness, absolutely essential with a view to the intended acquisition fast and immediate recognition of the target, the Zeiss Victory V8 project has focused on other factors essential for the hunter.

Zeiss Victory riflescope V8 optical cacciaIl red dot has a new technological genesis, obtained by projection with a 45 ° angle which puts him exactly in the middle of a lattice in which it was taken care of in the best refinement of the size of the lines, not to make them invasive in vision, but useful support targeted.

zeiss, victory V8, telescope, huntingVictory In V8 these are 1/10 the size of a human hair. Translated into practice every day, only 7 mm of coverage with a target placed at 100 meters and 10 magnifications, finding more than excellent! At the center of the red dot of the same, very small, so that 100 meters is minimally cover the surface of a coin of 1 euro cent. Extraordinary!

Thanks to its high technical skills in electronics and in relation to the same point and the red lighting system, Zeiss has focused on energy savings, considering this factor is critical when you are in the field hunting. The Victory V8 is therefore provided with a specific sensor capable of detecting the position of the weapon and stop on this basis the energy consumption of the optics. When the lens is directed upwards or mail lying sideways, the sensor turns off the system, then turn it back on with the same settings prior to the return potential of the weapon in the firing angle.

Zeiss entering this solution in his V8, also demonstrated great knowledge of the many variants of the hunt, contemplating a solution of manual intervention for hunting, such as alpine, in which sometimes the corner of the site is so important to be able to get to the range of automatic deactivation of the lighting system. A simple button allows the hunter to turn off the sensor while maintaining active lighting system and reactivate it at will with immediate procedure.
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While maintaining the same level of brightness and brilliance Zeiss has set itself the goal of Victory V8 exceed 56 clicks possible with its system + ASV. The large capacity of the German company, in the mechanical processing of absolute precision, allowed the system to evolve into a new one, called AVS LongRange that enslaves the magnificently long distance shooting, being equipped with 100-click (lots and lots) perfectly perceptible in the rotation even with gloved hand and very useful in the choice of shooting. The pride in the system LongRange is the management mechanism of lateral drift, tool extremely useful, when as in the case of the Alpine valleys, the wind and the consequent displacement of trajectory element are to be considered in long-range shooting.

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New dimension of the tube, brought to 36 mm, which are visually imperceptible elegant general optics, but essential to support the achievement of the 100 possible click AHV and immediate adjustment of the reticle.

Thanks to these solutions, the Victory V8 is usable with extraordinary efficiency in shooting at long distances (up to 700 meters) equipped with 10 ballistic rings are easily interchangeable, allowing you to better manage and without demanding processing, all offices and gauges present on the market. This is not a trivial solution if you think just the opportunity that offers: defined caliber and its behavior in relation to this, the ring chose to mount, with the weapon zeroed at 100 meters has ended pre-job hunting. When commissioning aims you will only turn the turret ring on the distance of competence that is not here only goes from 100 to 100 but also on intermediate distances of 50, 15, 10 meters. Big factor positivity in search of the most effective shot.

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The system brightness adjustment is positioned on the side of the eyepiece simplified and reduced in the masses, so as to give additional balance to the line of optics.

Two models are available, a 1.8 - 2.8, and a 14×50 - 20×56.

The first is to consider the optical pointing versatile for excellence, given that the able to pass from a magnification factor of 1.8 to 14, the accessory makes it suitable to the rifle, it is intended to hunting in abutment or MEP all’appostamento on long shots.

The model 2.8 - 20×56 is undoubtedly intended for those who frequently perform long-distance shots with the zoom factor of 20, which matches well with the ASV LongRange fitted as standard and with exceptional sharpness and brightness, even in conditions of very low light.

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Objective versatility achieved so full from Zeiss, with the pursuit of further goals of efficiency for the target viewer

Riccardo Ceccarelli

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Teresa Renda woman hunterThe accuracy should not be confused with the “rightness” since the latter is a purely ballistic quality is derived from the characteristics of the rifle is fired munitions; it therefore concerns a wider range of elements that come into play.

  The compatibility between barrel length, caliber and rifling pitch, velocity of the projectile, its weight and shape; all these elements are the ingredients that define the correctness of a weapon. A ‘weapon’ not right ‘generates a high dispersion of projectiles launched, while maintaining unchanged the pointing, so the shot will never be accurate. In fact, some rifles denounce sometimes yield uncertain because they lack in correctness. When a rifle performs a constant shift with respect to the point of aim, you can correct the error by activation of aims, through a new and accurate collimation, between point of aim and point of impact of the bullet.

 But if the finding of the shots that do not satisfy us is due to pointing errors, and the problem is not so in the rightness of the weapon, the only remedy is to resort to the weapons sights more precise and effective, facilitating the targeting mainly in place by strong shots away.

As for weapons for hunting and shooting, each pointing system has special characteristics of performance, making it preferable for a particular purpose, in connection with the shooting that can be targeted against stationary or moving, the distance of the target and the its speed of movement, the time available for the target, to the characteristics of the trajectory of the projectile.

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  The mechanical parts are the more traditional method of tracking and simple that it is used in rifled guns, and that is typical of military origin. The device “of stand up,” can be fixed sight, adjustable slider or dial. Land lines are formed by the viewfinder and a standing place on the socket, said skim coat, bearing the rear sight. The viewfinder is fixed, may have a quadrangular section, triangular, circular, in the form of pearl, thread. In this case, the perfect tracking is obtained by aligning the rear sight, the viewfinder and the center of the target.

Shotgun target organ diottraIl system is not very accurate because it is simply a small error in the alignment of the three elements to prove a significant shift of the shot; still allows a pointing among the fastest, suitable for shots of no more than 80-100 m. In some shooting and hunting rifles, the rear sight is replaced with a diopter. Formed by a metallic device adjustable, fixed on the back of the castle of the rifle. At the height of the device is a disk with a small hole in the center, where it passes the line of sight of the target. You simply put in focus the viewfinder and the target to achieve a proper pointing. The diopter focus and tallies the only two items instead of three (notch, sight and target), in addition to the fact that the hole is closest to the eye of the normal rear sight. Generally the pin is used for the shot in the polygon, in particular for airguns.

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Pointing Devices fast as the Single Point Kiln Acre and others, are optical devices for the shot against moving targets. Shape similar to a telescope, connected to the gun with the usual attacks, they can give you a view of the target normal or slightly enlarged. The collimation is done by the central red dot, which remains visible shooting with both eyes open, even in poor light conditions. Its defect is represented by the precision that is very relative, which limits the field of application only for a short distance shots.

The telescope on the other hand, is an optical instrument for observing objects at great distances, allowing to increase the visual size compared to observation with the naked eye.
The telescope enables to send the bullet in a vital point of the body of the wild, to bring it down on the spot. Avoid sunlight reflections that form the common organs of sight, visual defects of the shooter medians a diopter correction, enhances the ballistic qualities of the weapon and ammunition.

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The optics can not completely eliminate human error, much less atmospheric effects that affect the trajectory of the bullet, nor replace humans in the calculation of the correction imposed by pointing the shot.
The presence of the lens is intended to be counterproductive in the shooting to fast moving targets, shooting in sudden, from a short distance, in hunting and in the dangerous animals in the bush, in framing the target quickly and for the reduction of the visual field. The modern trend has however allowed many companies to develop “from optical beat”, able to overcome the above critical.

  Teresa Renda

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Presented in January at the Shot Show in Las Vegas the LEICA 8×42 Geovid HD-B is part of a new generation of binoculars that combine observation, distance measurement, ergonomics, and ballistic calculation in a way that the world has never seen before.

LEICA Geovid 8 x 42/10 x 42 HD-B –
optical cacciaDotati of the new ballistic system ABC® (Advanced Ballistic Compensation) and integrated micro-SD card that-for the first once- allows the hunter to load data ballistic his ball in a pair of binoculars, the new Leica Geovid HD-B offers superior accuracy and total versatility for all types of hunting use.

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From technology from Leica, a pioneer since 1992 in binoculars with integrated rangefinder, in this case the revolution is the only appropriate term, because the new Geovid is extraordinarily innovative in every respect, so much so that it makes no sense to compare it to any binoculars with rangefinder on the market today . A true revolution in each of the three main elements that characterize a pair of binoculars with rangefinder.

1 Revolution Optics: Optical and extraordinary depth of field unprecedented, for an observation never felt before. For the first time in decades, a new optical system based on Porro prism (in this version are called Perger Porro). Their characteristic is to offer a very deep and three-dimensional.

After decades since the last Porro prism binoculars, Leica it innovates the concept based on optical HD lens Fluorite and thus offering the most modern optical quality to the overall level of competition and the best images from the three-dimensional extraordinary.

2 Revolutionary Design: unique shape, wider space between the tubes, no compromise in appearance to accommodate the rangefinder.

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After so many years without innovations in appearance of a pair of binoculars, the Geovid HD-B reaches unprecedented ergonomics with a form which, thanks to the use of Porro-prism Perger, allows the eyepieces to be in position lower than objectives, with enormous advantages in letting thumbs in their natural position below the rest of the fingers and in leaving it to other eight fingers of the hands an internal space to the two tubes for the appeal much higher than that of any comparable product. Even larger hands will enjoy un’impugnabilità never proven.

LEICA Geovid 8 x 42/10 x 42 HD-B – optical cacciaIn more, for the first time it was not necessary any compromise in design: the rangefinder is revealed only by the two buttons measurement and there is no other element that differentiates the Geovid HD-B from a normal binoculars.

3 Revolution in the measurement of the distance: over the distance with the angle of site

The new Geovid HD-B is the measurement instrument most complete on the market, adopting the same software ABC® Rangefinder CRF 1600-b, measure temperature, barometric pressure and angle of the site and incorporates them automatically in the calculation, providing the correct distance with the ‘corner of the site, or get up in centimeters or number of clicks to finally give the ballistic turret to be accurate at any distance.

But the revolution is complete adaptation to the ball used by the hunter, thanks to a removable microSD card, such as digital cameras, on which you can save the information provided by the ballistics program available soon on

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The program is easy to use and works like that for ballistic reticles and turrets: the hunter sets the data of the ball he uses and saves them to the microSD card. The result is a tool that does not read more than just the correct distance with the angle of the site, but how many clicks directly to the ballistic turret, no longer need to use tables. Each hunter can have as many cards microSD how many weapons have, to have his Geovid HD-B always set on the weapon.

LEICA Geovid 8 x 42/10 x 42 HD-B – optical cacciaIl Geovid HD-B is very fast (3.10 second to measure) and powerful, and its measurement capabilities of nearly two kilometers.

The LED automatically adjusts its illumination intensity to ambient light, allowing always the optimal reading of the data. The treatment Acquadura® on external lenses prevents dirt and water to join.



Technical data LEICA Geovid 8 x 42/10
x 42 HD-B

Supplied with neoprene strap, eyepiece cap, lens caps, case in Cordura
Magnification: 8 x / 10 x
Objective lens diameter: 42 mm
Exit pupil: 5.2 mm / 4.2 mm
Twilight Factor: 18.3 / 20.5
Field of view at 1000 m: 130 m / 114 m
Minimum focus distance: 5 m
Diopter compensation: +/- 4 dpt.
Measuring range of distance: 10 m – 1,825 m
Accuracy of measurement: +/- 1 m up to 500 m
+/- 2 m up to 1,000 m
+/- 0.5% over
1,000 m
Display: LED display four characters with illumination intensity adjusted to the ambient light automatically
Eyecups removable: Yes, removable with 4 stops
Eyepieces suitable for eyeglass wearers: Yes
Focus Adjustment: Inner ring with central
Lens coatings: HDC® multilayer AquaDura®
Sealing: up to 5 m
Body: Magnesium, nitrogen filling Dimensions
(L / W / H): 127 × 81 mm × 177/125 × 168 × 70 mm
Weight: 950/945 g, including battery
Laser: Class 1 is not harmful to the eyes, according to standard
Measurement functions: Scanning mode
Functions ballistic: Yes
correct distance with angle of site, get up click / MOA for the turret
Battery: 1 x 3V CR-2 lithium
Battery Life: ~ 2,000
measurements at 20 ° C
Measuring speed: ~ 0.3 ”

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RiccardoWhat optics is probably among the areas of production in the service of the hunter, the most demanding in terms of massive investments required to always provide something more in terms of performance. And this is only permitted giants are able to commit substantial resources to research, to get a step up in performance. Sometimes they are small steps, sometimes leaps important as they get older surely what the market already offers. The latter is established habit of Zeiss that always, when he proposes something new, it does clearly separating performance in what is already a lively market offers.

Only recently - in 2012 - Zeiss binoculars had placed on the market with excellent performance in versions 8 x 42 and 10 x 42 and this had collected the favor of the fans for his extraordinary ability to transmit 95% of light and over, thanks to a massive effort in research on the glasses made ​​HT from Schott sister.


But Zeiss wanted to go further this year and was the star of a major new product in the field of binoculars that has placed it at the pinnacle of excellence: the Victory HT 54.

But as it has come to design a new pair of binoculars at the top of the class?

As usual Zeiss is playing in his quest by the customer, or by the hunter and its needs. Hunter needs for his twilight observation of extreme brightness, lightness, because overloaded with equipment hunting along rough terrain, resistance, because his journey is fraught with difficulties and efficiency in all weather conditions.

Zeiss, starting with these powers, has taken on the burden of design excellence for the modern hunter.

The base material of the structure has been the most important choice and has fallen on the magnesium, which although challenging in processing, allows to obtain considerable advantages. These are the absolute weight (1,035 grams and 1,050 grams in 8 x 54 in 10 x 54), but the magnesium, for its characteristic molecular puts an extra advantage in the hands of the hunter more distracted. In case of collisions is much easier to bring it back into service, to the original form; this than aluminum and as they say in the hunting is metal with the most memory.”

The design study of the forms has also allowed us to forge a bridge structure with a very protective of the ring (Double-Link-Bridge), putting more sheltered from shocks than many products on the market.

But because, fair question, research performance has not gone on a 56 mm?

The reduction in weight was a prerogative but there is much more, this is all the extraordinary skill and ability to research Zeiss enters its productions. The company working on the biometric parameters of the human eye has put its focus on the cognitive abilities of the same in the various age groups, noting with analytical data irrefutable, that after 30 years, the elastic capacity of the pupil are already down so that a 54 mm is already greater than the possible capacity of the dilated pupil. He therefore deemed it unnecessary to use a 56 mm that could not be exploited by the human eye and would have led to an increase against major weight around the neck of the hunter


Defined what Zeiss has focused on getting a result brightness of excellence with more than 95% of light transmission, the configuration of 54 mm lens allows you to take full advantage of the human eye, even in people with age in the .

Extraordinary result was obtained with the amplitude of the angular range of 130 m / km in 8 x 54 and up to 110 m / km for the 10 x 54 true excellence in the field of binocular observation.

But, as always, the German company has come out of the lab and thought to the hunting grounds and weather the difficulties that the hunter encounters. In addition to the T * multi-layer anti-reflective coating, it is especially important to the development of treatment LotuTec®, able to provide a vision always clear, when we pass from the sun to rain or snow.

Extraordinary, as tradition ergonomics, which brings Victory 54 at the top of maneuverability and ease of use.

Binoculars truly extraordinary when new Zeiss has outdone herself, which allow sharp observations and at great distances until late at night.

Riccardo Ceccarelli

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