Swarovski 1500 LRF
After much reading and more reading and .....oh well .... you get the picture , I bought a Swaro 1500 . It is a nice unit , pretty tough too as it fell ( was dropped [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]) out of my high hide today, about 15 ft. or so. Of course I immediately checked it for proper function, whew ! a ok!
Used it on a recent pd hunt and was pleased with its performance as long as I understood what it was capable of. I will try to explain [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] Very flat terrain at loooong range without substantial vertical mass is very tough to get a read. Compounding the problem is the fact that as the range increases you are picking up readings from things that are a lot closer ( bunch grass , etc. )It is not the fault of the range finder , they have to have a bounce back to operate. The Swaro was good to 6,7 800 according to the amount of "stuff" that was in the way. With verticals to range , it was good to way out there [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] meaning a lot further than I was good to. I got consistent 1500 plus readings off of horses and cows if I rested the Swaro or put it on a tripod.
As someone has posted in the past regarding the eyeglass wearers need to place their eyes just so , I can concur on that situation . I can also say that with practice that becomes a small to nonexsistent prob. Folks that wear eyeglasses are for the most part aware of these type of things and adapt accordingly.
I have to say that using it has pointed me to the product that I would really like to have to fill the bill . So here goes , 10 to 20 power Binocs with 50 mm obj . with a a LRF built in, I'm thinking Leica Duovids that go from 10 to 20 power, with the LRF built in [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] There a lot of things that can be done to solve this prob at lonoong range in verry flat country . First and simply , put out reflective markers when you set up at all the ranges you plan on shooting . If the dogs are skittish do it the eve before if possible . These markers can serve to give more than a " good read " with you LFR , they can also be used to talk someone to your next " victim " so that they can film , watch, verify as the case may be.
In summation , the Swaro is good as you would expect it to be , the short comings are /will always be there cause we want a better product [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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