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A different range finder question.

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Unread 09-24-2013, 01:57 PM
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Re: A different range finder question.

Originally Posted by Muletrip View Post
Jeff, I hunt both hills and flat ground. The flat ground is for pronghorn and there is usually a lot of sagebrush. I want to be able to range farther than I can shoot, about 700 is my max that I am comfortable with for game and shoot to 1100-1200 on targets.

Is the distance read out also black on the PLRF10 or is it red?

No, that's right. the read out in my PLRF10 is red.

If you understand beam divergence and the evils that come with it, and if my memory is correct, when I tested the Zeiss mono it had large black read out and reticle. But watch the beam on this unit, it is huge and it will grab anything you let it while lying its butt off to you about what you think you just ranged. So start well above the target (antelope) in sage and work down till you just hit it. They are inexpensive too compared to many others.

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Unread 09-25-2013, 08:42 AM
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Re: A different range finder question.

I sure appreciate your input Jeff. I have some more options to think about now.

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Unread 09-25-2013, 10:56 PM
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Re: A different range finder question.

I have the same issue seeing the red reticles on rangefinders. My colorblindness is different than most red-green colorblindness according to the tests since sometimes I will see both numbers depending on the lighting. The worst one I have tried is the newer leupold. Cannot event see it at all if it is sunny out. You might want to try out a Leica rangefinder. They look orange to me and I can see these the best among the red LEDs. It is still tough on a very sunny day. Best thing is to try out a bunch on a sunny day and hopefully you don't drive the optics guy crazy walking back and forth to go outside. Think the black readouts degraded the image quality so they stopped using them. This may not be the case but I know that the rangefinders with black never looked as clear as the red ones as far as optic quality. Not sure if it was a glass thing due to the brand of the rangefinder or the nature of the readout generating method.

One trick I have used on a couple rangefinders is to keep my hand towards the front of the rangefinder. If the reading stays for a few seconds after releasing the button you can move your pinky, ring, and middle fingers (or sometimes just you pinky and ring finger) over the lense just long enough to make it dark enough to see the reading.

On some rangefinders you can just move the rangefinder up and down a little and the change in angle of the light will happen long enough to see the read out better. Not sure if this tricks the sensor for brightness or if it is in the lenses themselves. I first discovered this with a red dot scope my dad bought years ago. This method does not always work but will sometimes depending the lighting.

I wish they would use a different color but was told that a red LED lasts the longest since it generates the least heat. Heard a rumor that zeiss may use purple/violet light in the future like some of the bow sights. Of course my bow sight light looks blue to me since I cannot see the red wavelength very well.
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Unread 09-27-2013, 09:06 PM
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Re: A different range finder question.

I have a Nikon Gold 1200. It is very consistent out to 800 yds. I did range an antelope on the horizon at 1253 yds. once. Have never tried that far before or since. It has a black reticule and is about $449. Battery life is very good also.

Nikon Monarch Laser 1200 Rangefinder 7481 Nikon 1200 range finder gold 8358 8358-DEMO

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Unread 09-28-2013, 05:10 PM
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Re: A different range finder question.

Dont any of these high $$$ rangefinders use a split image?
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