I wholeheartedly agree Shawn! Thanks for posting this article.
Worked really well last year for us to use the spotter technique. I was the spotter and I would range the target and run the ballistic computer and take wind readings. I was doing this while my partner was getting into position and preparing for the shot. I use the same spotting scope you mention, but built prior to the HD and it has no reticle.
I was laying down right next to the shooter but the the back blast from the brake was moving me just enough that it took maybe 1/2 second to get back on the target. Any advice there? Or is this fairly normal? I was running the scope on 15 to 20X for better field of view just due to this.
Additionally, I feel that reading mirage would greatly improve a spotters ability to read wind changes while looking through the scope. I can't look at a wind meter and at the target through the scope at the same time..............However, I don't consider myself to be any kind of expert on reading mirage. What are the chances of you writing an article on reading and applying mirage to the shot? Since mirage is fluid, perhaps video would best explain it.? Do you know of or suggest any good reading or video of dealing with mirage?
This pic was of our successful effort at spotter/shooter cooperation. At the time, we actually had 3 guys on site and the 3rd was taking wind readings while I was runing the Axim and judging the animal/watching his body language, and communicating with the shooter about shot placement............ You might recognize the rifle, it's one of yours.
625 yd antelope, bedded down facing/quartering toward us. The Edge hit him right where he wanted to, it was about the only shot we had that wouldn't destroy the cape/meat and yet be quickly lethal.
Thanks again, and I'd really like to get more info on reading/applying mirage dope. Oh, one other thing.......when on the practice range I was attempting to call the hit via reading the vapor trail. I was unsuccessful. Every call I made was low, when the hit was actually about a minute high of my call. This was at 950 yds. Any advice on that subject?
This isn't letting me attach a picture at the moment.??
Oh well, here's a link to it.