Earlier this year James Reeves used a Vudu 1-8×24 SFP scope on a rifle during a Thunder Ranch course. I requested to review the Vudu 1-8×24 and have used it across multiple platforms. Let’s take a look at EOTech’s Vudu 1-8×24 LPVO.
The EOTech LPVO at first glance seems like just your ordinary LPVO. However, just like the rest of the Vudu line of scopes, their 1-8×24 SFP has the same features.
Vudu came out of the gate with their own unique design to the magnification ring of their scopes. This EOTech LPVO has the same design. Rather than a power ring somewhere in the middle of the eyepiece, the entire eyepiece rotates making it much easier to rotate and change the magnification. For those who compete, they have an integrated threaded hole with a lever that comes with the scope. You can install it if you like using levers to change the magnification. I installed it because I am used to switching view levers and find the added leverage makes switching to full magnification quick and nearly effortless.
The turrets are capped and where there would be a parallax adjustment is the illuminated dot controls. Underneath the Vudu branded cap is the battery for the illuminated dot.
EOTech LPVO Reticle
EOTech claims that the dot is “day bright” however I have not found that to be the case. In bright daylight and against a bright background the dot gets lost amongst the background.
If you aim it at something darker then you can see the dot. This is more useful for lower light or night shooting.
The reticle of the EOTech LPVO is a simple BDC. However, it is not that straightforward. Take a look at the screencap below. This is 5.56×45 and how it lines up with the Vudu 1-8×24 SFP. Since it is a second focal plane, you need to max out the magnification. But the sub tensions do not match up to nice even yardages. The instruction manual was not much help either. It just talks about the physical dimensions of the reticle but not what they represent.
Here is the same reticle and bullet but set in meters just to see if maybe the sub tensions make more sense in metric. It does not.
Shooting The EOTech LPVO
I tested the Vudu 1-8×24 SFP on a variety of guns and more importantly calibers. Above I tried it on my 6.5 Grendel Larue upper. As long as I set up StrelokPro with the rifle, cartridge and scope, then I know what the sub tensions mean at full magnification and at distance.
It is just a bit annoying to have to do this every time I put the scope on a firearm of a different caliber. Another small issue is due to the MIL adjustments in the turrets. I prefer MILs over MOA but only when I have a MILs reticle to correspond with it. When zeroing or adjusting for wind or bullet drop I have no feedback from the reticle. In a normal MILs reticle, I use the reticle like a ruler. I see where my POA vs POI was and I can measure how many MILs off I was with a MILs reticle. That is not the case here with the Vudu 1-8×24 scope. So the only way MILs makes sense is to have someone with a spotting scope or rifle scope that has a MILs reticle spotting for you. Then they can tell you how many MILs off your shot was.
The glass quality on the EOTech LPVO is really good. Very little distortion and decent sized eye box even at full magnification.
That shed is about 500 yards away.
That tree is over 900 yards away.
The cow is over 400 yards away.
Final Thoughts On EOTech LPVO
The glass is amazing. No degradation of the image at full magnification. There is a little bit of a shift, you need to move a little bit closer at full magnification than you do at 1x but it is minor. The reticle is a bit annoying and a little bit cumbersome because it is not a straightforward BDC. I am unsure as to why they used this particular reticle versus one that is matched to a particular projectile. Or put in a more useful reticle. The simplicity of the reticle is probably partially due to the fact that the scope is only second focal plane. I prefer the first focal plane, that way I can use the reticle at any magnification. However, this would complicate the scope and more than likely increase costs. The Vudu 1-8×24 retails for $1399.99 according to EOTech. If you want a scope with great glass and don’t mind using a ballistic calculator app to help you figure out what the sub tensions mean for your gun, then check out the Vudu 1-8×24.
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