Snipers in special units rely on long-range weapons tailored to the mission. However, they also require targeting optics that enable fatigue-free observation, clarification and precise acquisition of an object at great distances over longer periods of time. Hensoldt Telescopic Sights 3–12x56, 3–12x56 FF, 4–16x56 and 4–16x56 FF meet all the optical and ergonomic design demands placed on them by snipers. They are available with a reticle in the first (FF version) and second image plane. They deliver an outstanding optical image and are comparatively light weight, quickly ready for use and easy to use. With these high-quality instruments, Carl Zeiss Optronics has set the standard regarding handling and design. In addition to military applications, Hensoldt 3–12 x 56 and 4–16x56 are also well suited for special police units and long range hunting. Carl Zeiss Optronics with ZEISS T*® multi-coating exceed 90% total system light transmission producing a bright, high-contrast image. The increased transparency in the blue spectral range leads to improved visual performance, particularly under low-light conditions.
Hensoldt 3-12x56 and 4-16x56 are available with a reticle in the first ("FF" version) or second image plane. In the first image plane, the reticle pattern is also magnified when the magnification is changed. This makes it possible to determine the distance using the MIL-DOT without having to calculate. In the second image plane, the reticle pattern is not magnified when the magnification is changed, thus meeting user demands for the option of selecting between the two image planes.
ZEISS T*® multi-coating ensures maximum imaging quality at very high magnification even under the most difficult lighting conditions. Increased transparency in the blue spectral range enables outstanding recognition of details under low-light conditions. The MIL-DOT reticle is equipped with continuous illumination. It can be dimmed as far as needed to prevent the
reticle from over-illuminating the target image even at night. The control electronics are equipped with a memory function which guarantees that the same brightness level is used that was previously set. The lateral parallax compensation minimizes target errors and always ensures optimal focus. As with all ZEISS riflescopes, it is watertight per ISO 9022-81 and nitrogen-filled.
- Precise targeting with bullet drop compensation
The bullet drop compensation for the 3–12x56 and 4-16x56 (2nd focal plane) is 400 cm and 300 cm for the 3–12x56 FF (1st image plane). The large elevation adjustment ranges ensure bullet drop compensation even at longer distances. Colored index lines and numeric values on the elevation turret very easily indicate the current setting.
- Effective protection for valuable optics
The optics are protected by an extremely robust aluminum housing. A perfect seal and a nitrogen atmosphere in the interior prevent the penetration of dust and moisture.
- Precise targeting in any light
The reticle is equipped with continuously variable illumination which also permits precise target acquisition during low light conditions. The previously used brightness setting on the illuminated reticle is automatically activated when the telescopic sight is turned on. This enables snipers to use a very finely adjustable reticle illumination in varying degrees of brightness. The minimum setting is ideal for weakly illuminated scenes at night, under cloudy skies or with eyes adapted to the darkness, for example. The maximum setting is particularly suitable for missions in bright light.