Obzor is truly unique...it looks fast, almost like it came from a science fiction movie. Despite it's high tech appearance Obzor is very simple to use and presents an easy to acquire reticule that is useful in CQB and effective for more precise shooting at longer ranges. Obzor sits higher than many Russian optics and again I believe this is probably due to it's intended role as a fast acquisition collimator for close combat (and probably due to ballistic helmets with visors like K6-3 Atlyn)
Obzor is the descendant of NIT-A
and appears to use the same or very similar light
sensing technology originally fielded in NIT-A. The
light sensors are designed to create an always on
reticule that needs no batteries, but is not etched in
the glass like other collimator type optics. For low
light shooting it uses a tritium lit reticule
While many Russian optics can be considered 'out
there' in comparison with more traditional Western
optics, I think it's safe to say that other than NIT-A
there is really nothing comparable to Obzor on the
market, other than the relatively new Trijicon RMR 08.
Obzor on the AK105 with Surefire SOCOM 762 RC
Obzor has undergone at least one evolution
before it's present appearance and is actually a
re-design...originally called SOLO II but now labelled
1P63, from NPZ's
website. According to Tantal the version we
see in the States may also have kept the 1P63 GRAU
index number as an upgraded SOLO optic. Since SOLO
was certified by NPZ for military service NPZ may
have been able to evolve the design into the
current Obzor without having to re-certify.
What we call Obzor is also called PK1 for export
NPZ PK1 marked Obzor on left, and Obzor marked on right. These are identical as far as I can see except for the logo area where Obzor has a plate and PK1 does not. Otherwise I cannot tell a difference
1P63 Obzor, simply labelled Obzor for
(Review by Voron here)
Voron's targets. In this photo the contrast filter is not on but if the reticule were to wash out against a lighter background a simple flip of the switch will bring the contrast back.
With contrast filter ON
Reticule comparison to it's forerunner, NIT-A. You can see the same concept is in use with a refined or redesigned reticule pattern on the newer Obzor.
Obzor's tritium reticule for low light / night shooting. The T pattern fits in the space between the triangle and 3 bars that you see in the daylight reticule pictures above.
Light sensors and controls
Obzor also uses the 'universal' version of the SVD clamp, you can see the lever is reversed compared to the PSO-1 style clamp. Note the top light sensor
Windage and elevation are on the rear of the optic. Remove the caps and use a screw driver to turn reticule to point of impact at 100 meters. You can also dial in the 400m AK74 zero as well
Trajectory (Bullet point of impact):
B = Down
H = Up
Л = Right
П = Left
Obzor does not have an on/off lever like the NIT-A but it does have the same filter/darken lever to increase contrast with the reticule
Comparison to the Trijicon RMR 08
I recently bought an RMR with the green triangle and am certainly impressed by the size and weight, but in quick comparisons against Obzor it is very clear Obzor is a more effective design.
The RMR has very poor performance when shooting from low light into bright light...the triangle does not get bright enough and it easily washes out against almost any lighter background. It also is hard to acquire against darker backgrounds. In my garage during daylight I could barely see the triangle when sighting through the windows down into the street. The garage was well lit but the fiber on the RMR needs a LOT of light to make the triangle bright. Obzor on the other hand is much more light sensitive and the triangle is much easier to see. Obzor has the same root issue shooting from low light into bright but handles it much much better than the RMR. Other reviewers have said the same thing about the RMR, that it's very difficult when shooting from indoors to outdoors, so while it is an attractive package due to size and weight it really does not compare well at all to the larger and heavier Obzor
From the recent 2014 conflict in the Ukraine. These are Russian troops with Obzor in the field.
I am a big fan of Rakurs for many reasons and used to recommend it as my primary favorite, but Obzor has really impressed me and has become my favorite collimator by a wide margin. I still recommend Rakurs for people new to Russian optics but Obzor is definitely worth considering at some point. With a little practice and familiarity I am finding it to be highly effective.