I have just bought a Zeiss Classic Diavari 3-12x56 illuminated (reticule 60, it is like a 4A with a small illuminated dot).
This is my first expensive scope which I would like to use for deer stalking in the South (so woodland and field/hedgerow stalking) on a .243 Sako 85.
The scope has the reticule in the first plane and I am having a number of issues with the scope:
1. At magnifications 8-12 when I look at objects lets say closer than 40 yards the image and/or the reticule are not in focus. I understand that this is happening because the scope is parallax free at 100 yards and the depth of field of view decreases with high magnifications so because the reticule is at a different focal plane than the image, my eyes can’t focus on both when looking at objects significantly closer than 100 yards.
2. Regardless of the magnification at distances below the 100 yard mark where the scope is parallax free, when I move my head the point of aim changes slightly. So in theory, unless I mount the rifle at exactly the same way every time and rest my head at exactly the same point on the stock, my accuracy will suffer when I am aiming lets say at 70 yards or less.
Having played more than a grand for the scope I am concerned that it has a number of limitations.
Is what have I described above normal for all scopes that do not have an adjustable objective?
I am mindful of mounting the scope on the rifle and testing it out since I might send it back and I don’t want to scratch it. Do you think that the focusing and POA issues I have described, in a stalking situation are not really a problem?
Any of you have used this or other Zeiss scopes and are you happy with them?
Interestingly I have been comparing this scope with an MTC 10x44. Just before it gets dark the Zeiss is much better, but the MTC was only £150 with mounts!!!
Your views and experiences will be greatly appreciated!