Re: Leica 1600 v. Swaro side my side
I would think it may need looked at too. On Friday morning l took both my Swaro and new Leica out to do some testing. Conditions were bright sun from my 2 o'clock and not too high in the sky yet. (It was around 9:00 am).
The test "subjects" were black and brown cows, pine trees, a hay field, and a goldenrod field.
On the black cows, it seemed very dependent with both units on the angle they were standing. If perpendicular, it was no problem to get readings out to 1150 yds. (that was the farthest the were away). When they quartered it cut that down to right around a 1000 yds give or take a few. The Swaro gave these readings also, BUT it was much harder to range the cow and not the ground beside or in front of them. Advantage Leica.
Now for the brown cattle. 1365 was the best it would do. But once again cows are not that cooperative! Didn't seem to matter as much, what angle they were standing at. Swaro would not reach this far. Still got readings at 1226, and 1250. Once again was easier to range the actual cow.
On to the pine tree. Got consistent readings off 1652, 1652, 1653, 1652, and 1651 with the Leica. Swaro would not range it at all. Pine tree was a little bit bigger than the cows.
The hay and goldenrod fields came out about even, with maybe a slight advantage going to the Swaro. Was getting readings of 50-100 yrds more with it.
Leica got me to 1300 (average), and Swaro out to about 1375.
I know these aren't real scientific tests but is what l could do with what l had available. Ranging to 1000 was done off hand, then confirmed with resting units on 2 sandbags on hood off truck. Anything past 1000 was done off the bags.
l still need to do some more testing to see which l like better. This will be a tough decision!