Originally Posted by curiousaussie
Does anyone have any experience or opinions about the new Kestrel 4500 with Atrag ballistics program included?
Here is the story...
The Kestrel 4500NV has been around for awhile now. The Horus ATRAG feature is the new addition.
It DOES appear to work, BUT there are issues.
The first issue is that Kestrel (Neilsen-Kellerman) doesn't have a currently working BlueTooth enabled version of their configuration / real time software on their support sight. (In fact, the unit doesn't COME with ANY software [Horus or Kestrel]!)
The second issue is that it doesn't have the Horus "Gun Library" software that lets you use a computer to update the device via BlueTooth.
If you call Neilsen-Kellerman, they tell you to call Horus, and if you call Horus, the tell you to call Neilsen-Kellerman.
So what this means: If you want to read the atomospheric data or configure the Kestrel part of the device, you have to call Kestrel and gain access to a non-published version of their software. If you want to edit the firearms list (libraries) in the ATRAG features of the Kestrel 4500NV ATAG BT, you need to get that software from Horus Vision. [By default it comes with the ability for 7 firearms, but is supposed to be able to hold 50... if you use the Horus "Gun Library" software.
The problem: The unit doesn't come with software to support the BlueTooth functionality.
I've called Horus 5 times over the last several days and I haven't heard back from "Larry."
Overall, this would be a great product IF their two companies HAD worked together to provide users with the software packages they needed from the start. Perferably a combined peice of software specifically for the device.
As of this writing NEITHER company has software posted on their website to support this product directly.
They charge ALOT of money for the features, and they are not delivering.
The unit DOES work well, BUT if you are purchasing this specific model you are looking for a Ferrari, but you get a Pinto. (From a support and documention perspective....)