The HD5 line of rifle scopes come in 5x magnification range that is 2-10x 3-15x and 5-25x which adds some great versatility to these scopes. All HD5 scopes feature Zeiss’ proprietary T* lens coating for light transmission and LotuTec hydrophobic lens coating to repel water.
As soon as it came in we mounted it on a Howa 1500 .223 and the next day I was down to my hunting patch to put it through it’s paces.
Having boresighted the scope it was a quick and painless process getting the rifle zeroed for 1 inch high at 100yards. The hunting turrets were exceptional offering firm, definitive and audible clicks moving the crosshairs a quarter of an inch per click at 100 yards. After about 10 shots I was zeroed in and ready to go.
The HD5 range has a 1 inch main tube which I’d like to highlight that the diameter of the main tube does not have any bearing on light transmission, this is a myth.The only benefit of a 30mm main tube is that it gives you more windage and elevation adjustment over a 25mm tube.
The model I reviewed had a #20 Duplex Reticle, eye relief is a generous 90mm which is great especially if you are mounting this scope on a rifle that has significant recoil.
The field of view is 35ft at 100yds on 3x magnification and 7ft at 15x magnification giving the shooter a hunting and varminting scope in one.
The Side parallax adjustment ranges from 50 yards to infinity. The Side Parallax Adjustment knob is the only real place where I have an issue. The only markings to indicate distance is the 50yd mark and the infinity symbol, in between there are just rectangles and no distances. This is a failing as I often use the parallax adjustment on scopes to estimate range by focusing on the target and getting a good idea of what range the target is at by where the parallax is set. This is impossible with the markings on the HD5 which may be a minor thing but still an annoyance that is easily and cheaply fixed.
The German optics on this scope are brilliantly clear featuring Carl Zeiss’ proprietary T* Lens coating and LotuTec hydrophobic (water repellant) lens coating , thescope performed really well shooting paper and even better in the field. As the light faded I was really surprised the definition you could see on last light. In fact the 42mm objective sucked in plenty of light, you could be mistaken that the objective was a 50mm when looking through the scope.
Shooting on foot by LED torch light was made easy with the HD5, I bagged a fox with a 220 lumen scope mounted torch at about 50m and I could clearly see the fox even with the low light source. I usually use a 1000 Lumen torch when on foot but it died on me as I was calling the fox in. Luckily I was able to swap to my back up torch to remove yet another fox from the farm.
Overall, the Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15×42 is a great scope. It has super clear optics, amazing low light performance. It’s greatest attribute is it’s versatility. It is just as at home on a varmint rifle as it is on a walkabout hunting rifle. With generous field of view at 3x magnification it makes a very capable close range hunting scope, at 15x you can reach out and touch your target as well. It really makes me tempted to swap out my 3-9x scopes for the added versatility at no real penalty except for a little bit more weight and length.
If you are in the market for a scope it would be wise to consider the Zeiss Conquest HD5 range as they are great value for money and a small price to pay for quality European optics.
Give us a call or email email@example.com at Abela’s Gunshop on 02 46 26 3222 to talk about ordering a Conquest HD5.
Abela’s Price on the Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15x42mm: $1190 (Plex Reticle) $1300 (Rapid Z 600 & 800 Reticles)
CONQUEST HD5 3-15×42 Specifications:
|Magnification||3 x||15 x|
|Effective Lens Diameter||30 mm||42 mm|
|Exit Pupil Diameter||10 mm||2.8 mm|
|Field of View at 100 yd||35 ft||7 ft|
|Diopter Adjustment Range||+-3 | 2 dpt|
|Eye Relief||90 mm|
|Parallax-Free in yards||50-Infinite|
|Adjustment per Click at 100yd||0.25 inch|
|Adjustment Range Height at 100yd||70 inch|
|Adjustment Range Lateral at 100yd||50 inch|
|Centre Tube Diameter||25.4 mm|
|Eye Piece Tube Diameter||44 mm|
|Objective Tube Diameter||50 mm|
|Water Resistance||400 mbar|
|Functional Temperature in °F||-4 | +145 °F|
|Weight in Use||18.4 oz|