Altitude Tools

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by greener280, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. greener280

    greener280 Well-Known Member

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    What is everyone using to get their altitude in the field? Looking for cost effective and quick to use in the field.
     
  2. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    GPS is the best way.
     

  3. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


    With fluctuating barometric pressures, altimeters can lead you astray easily. Ballistically, the best way to calculate air density is to use a thermometer and a pressure guage. Using raw pressure you can completely forget about altitude and set the program to zero feet.

    If you cannot afford a guage, then altitude is your next best option and as jmden stated, a GPS is by far the most accurate followed by a good topo map.

    The Brunton units are pretty economical versus the Kestrals.
     
  4. Johnboy

    Johnboy Well-Known Member

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    if it helps I like to use Goggle earth.all you need to do is to just point out the place you will be shooting /hunting at and look at the bottom of the page.this altitude will be at what ever area you are pointing at.by pointing I mean the cursor you move with the mouse.

    my altitude at the bech where I shoot is 262' above sea level useing goggel earth.
     
  5. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    +1, all the altimeters I've used/seen work off of pressure to give you a height above sea level. The problem with this is the air pressure changes with the weather.