A different range finder question.

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Muletrip, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Muletrip

    Muletrip Active Member

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    So I am red spectrum colorblind and cannot see the red reticles of many rangefinders unless it is fairly dark. My question is what is the best rangefinder that does not have a red reticle? Also if any other colorblind members have any tricks to see the reticles better?
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Vectronix , with my PLRF10 I can choose from a black fine crosshair or a red illuminated box. I prefer the crosshair. I think the Terripin is this way too.



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  3. Muletrip

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    Thanks Jeff. I will look into those.
     
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    Muletrip, they are top end units and are expensive. I do know of less expensive units with black aiming reticles and display. Zeiss and Bushnell to name a few. Problem is I would not recommend either for what I like and demand in a laser RF.

    Jeff
     
  5. Muletrip

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    You are right Jeff I was just looking at the PLRF10 and wow they are expinsive! I may have to look at other optins more within my budget.

    Thanks again Adam
     
  6. Broz

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    I understand. The PLRF 05 , also know as the terrapin, is about 1/2 the price of a PLRF10. Still top end and very expensive.

    How far do you need to range game?

    Do you hunt in hills or flat ground mostly?

    Jeff
     
  7. Muletrip

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    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?

    Adam
     
  8. Broz

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    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.

    Jeff
     
  9. Muletrip

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

    Adam
     
  10. ArizonaWildernessHunter

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