How to choose a Rangefinder
Rangefinders are a handy and highly useful tool to have as part of your collective bag of tricks when it comes to getting the most out of many of today’s popular sports. In fact, when it comes to quite a few sports, being able to accurately judge the distance between one’s self and a particular object or location is absolutely essential. Hunting rangefinders can assist a hunter when it comes to precise and accurate target acquisition. Golfing rangefinders can help a serious golfer check his judgment when it comes to how far away a particular hole may be. Rangefinders can even help rock climbers, photographers, and lovers of spectator sports get the most out of their favorite pastimes as well. Choosing the right rangefinder to suit your needs can make all the difference when it comes to getting the most out of the sports you love.
The Reflectivity Factor
Most of today’s rangefinders by emitting a laser that bounces off the object to be assessed and then returns to the device itself. The range finder determines how far away the object in question is by analyzing the time it takes for the laser to go through this process. How well a particular object can be measured depends on how reflective it is. In general, the denser and smoother an object is, the easier it will be to measure, so most range finders would have an easier time figuring out how far away a solid object like a rock face is, but a harder time assessing the relative distance of a softer object, such as a furry rabbit or deer.
Since rangefinders are used for such a wide variety of purposes, it’s important to consider your specific needs when it comes to deciding which type is the right type for you. How well a particular rangefinder will be able to measure a target depends primarily on the strength of the laser’s emission, as well as how sensitive that particular unit’s detector is. Varieties that are meant for use as hunting rangefinders, for instance will typically have lasers that are stronger and better able to assess living prey.
Durability and Portability
One of the most important factors you will want to consider when choosing your rangefinder is how durable it will be. If you plan on using it at sea or under weather conditions that might be damp or wet, definitely look for a waterproof rangefinder designed to hold up and perform well under such conditions. Rangefinders also come with a variety of different exteriors designed to help them survive the type of knocking or jostling they might be expected to endure while out in the field hunting or on a long, strenuous hike or mountain climbing expedition, such as rubber armor. Make sure you choose a range finder that is up to the same challenges you are.
You also should consider portability when it comes to your rangefinder. Golf rangefinders , for instance need to be ultra-portable to make it a snap to carry from hole to hole over a long day on the course. You may also want to consider a compact rangefinder when it comes to hiking, birdwatching, or surveying wildlife if you typically carry a pack with you, the better to maximize your available space.
When it comes to some sports, you may also want to consider whether or not your rangefinder has the capability to be mounted on a tripod to make use a little more convenient. Hunting rangefinders and boating rangefinders, for instance, often are able to be mounted on tripods for added convenience.
Some of the well known manufacturers of rangefinders are Bushnell known for constant innovations of laser rangefinder line up for golfers, hunters. Leupold was one of the first manufacturers to introduce bow mounted rangefinder. Leupold's TBR line up has a built-in inclinometer, calculates the ballistics range to your target, then displays it as a holdover aim point.
Leica is well known for its excellent optics. Their laser rangefinders and binoculars are on the high end in price, but anyone who looks through the unit once will be hard pressed to find another unit that will provide an unparalleled viewing from dusk till dawn.
Nikon's range finders are competitively priced to competition. Nikon tailors their rangefinders to budget oriented hunters or to individuals who are looking for a backup unit.