By Charles Coker
One of the new items I saw at SHOT 2013 that got my attention was the new Zeiss Conquest HD5 series, specifically the 3-15×42 with the target turrets.
What interested me in the Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15 were the magnification range of 3-15 in a compact scope with good glass and lockable low profile turrets with a zero stop.
The HD5 Conquests are made in Germany with a few enhancements in glass over the standard Conquest including the T coating for better low light performance and Loutec for water shedding. Both of those features are very welcome additions for a hunting scope.
I like the turret setup.. you have the benefits of being able to dial in your elevation and windage like a tactical scope but they are both low profile and are locking. Down they are locked in at whatever yardage you want and with a zero stop for elevation. To dial, simply pull up and twist. You can leave up or push back down to lock. Very nice and I have used the similar AVS turrets in the FL 4-16.
Initial testing is positive with generous and consistent eye relief throughout the magnification range. Low light performance is very good but you will need to back off from max magnification to have a decent exit pupil and light transmission as expected.
The Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15 is a very nice scope and I am anxious to get it out on the range from 100 to 500 on my Nosler 280 Ackley and run hunting this season.