Some may have heard that many optics giants manufacturing high-class optic products, such as Leica, Swarovski, Zeiss, and many others, emerged in Europe. Meopta is no exception. The company, originally named Optikotechna, was born in Czechoslovakia in 1933. It started as a producer of lenses and other components for optic devices but quickly diversified into full-manufactured products such as binoculars, cameras, slide projectors, and others. At the same time, in 1935, Optikotechna became a subsidiary of a Czechoslovak arms and motor vehicle manufacturer and launched the manufacturing of military optics.
When Germany occupied Czechoslovakia, the company was forced to close the manufacturing of civilian products and focus on optics for the German Army. As we know, the Soviet Army liberated the country, and in 1948, Czechoslovakia unofficially became a socialist republic. The growing influence of communist ideas forced the Optikotechna majority owners to immigrate to the USA, where they founded a separate company in 1960, which would be renamed Meopta USA, Inc in 2005. The original company was renamed Meopta in 1958 and nationalized ten years later.
After the Warsaw pact dissolution and fall of the USSR, Meopta was privatized, and focused on the civilian market. Today, the companies manufacture a wide range of opto-mechanical and opto-electronic products for different industries.
Meopta Binoculars, Riflescopes, and Spotting Scopes
All Meopta scopes are divided into several categories: the entry-level (MeoSport R), performance scopes (Meopta Meopro), premium models (Meopta MeoStar), and tactical scopes (MeoTac). The MeoStar R2 Meopta 15x56 scope with parallax adjustment is a beautiful scope for long-range shooters.
If you’re looking for the best spotting scope, consider the feature-rich, twilight-optimized Meopta MeoStar S2. And if you want a portable solution for hunting, you’ll hardly find anything as good as the Meopta Meostar 10x42 binocular boasting excellent light transmission for twilight hunting.