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Am finding fewer reasons to keep reading OL. A guy at work had the latest issue, and in it they claim that a digital riflescope is just around the corner. What are they talking about?
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Probably something like this, only more advanced or something
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They are talking about something like below, that actually works:
 
Elcan DigitalHunter Riflescope
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Stock # - ELDH1
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  • Automatic Video Capture
  • Long Eye Relief
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A digital scope is trivial to build with current technology.

The moment there is enough demand for them, they will pop up everywhere.

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Agreed... changing old mores is difficult though.  The Elcan has been out for a while, but the reviews on it are less than stellar.  I've resisted getting one, waiting on the "next generation".  I hope it is soon...
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Is it kind of like a holographic sight or am i in the wrong church? Eotech'ish?
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Originally posted by RotoReuter_DM RotoReuter_DM wrote:

Is it kind of like a holographic sight or am i in the wrong church? Eotech'ish?

Nope.

It is effectively a repackaged and ruggedized digital camera.
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O ok thanks for the clarification! Interesting idea for sure...
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Pulsar 550 digital night vision is one example
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I think it is the way to go. Auto focus, auto iris for light, ridiculous zoom, ability to snap photos from scope. Auto adjusting reticle for ballistics data and range. Probably a pretty good auto zeroing capability. It will be as good as the firmware/software can make it. expense will come from the ability of the internals to survive the shock of thousands of rounds.
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solid state should last forever.  Just had a solid state telemetry chip fired in body of a rocket whose warhead was detonated by 20mm round/s. Located the chip and downloaded TM data... all good, ready to use again.  Won't be used again, but it could be...
digital scopes, when finally produced en mass in this country, will overwhelm "standard" scopes.  
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You will see them with digital storage media that will allow you to zoom way in and replay the shot in HD, then download it to your smartphone and be able to sent it to all your friends or post it on U boob and Facebook.
Definitely will laser range the target and automatically adjust elevation and windage, and enter the GPS coordinates of the shot site. May scan the deer rack and give a digital readout B and C score.
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WYcoyote, that is just hilariousExcellent
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Originally posted by WYcoyote WYcoyote wrote:

You will see them with digital storage media that will allow you to zoom way in and replay the shot in HD, then download it to your smartphone and be able to sent it to all your friends or post it on U boob and Facebook.
Definitely will laser range the target and automatically adjust elevation and windage, and enter the GPS coordinates of the shot site. May scan the deer rack and give a digital readout B and C score.
The B&C scoring will take some extensive programming, though it IS conceivable, everthing else is aleady being done...
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by WYcoyote WYcoyote wrote:

You will see them with digital storage media that will allow you to zoom way in and replay the shot in HD, then download it to your smartphone and be able to sent it to all your friends or post it on U boob and Facebook.
Definitely will laser range the target and automatically adjust elevation and windage, and enter the GPS coordinates of the shot site. May scan the deer rack and give a digital readout B and C score.
The B&C scoring will take some extensive programming, though it IS conceivable, everthing else is aleady being done...
 
I think I remember reading that a scope make shepard? had a retical that would mesure the spread of the rack.
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If you know range and can fit within a "circle" in the reticle, an approximation of spread is possible.  However, B&C score estimation is a fairly significant task.  Would require a lot more compute power than is currently aboard any of the digitals on the market.  There are a number of issues to resolve, and could be done... price would be "hefty" due to initial "NRE" costs...  The marketers would then have to be "patient" enough to overcome the doubting public.  And, reaching a price that would allow MOST common users access... It is easy to see why, even though "we have the technology", it is still years down the road.  There has been no "overwhelming demand"... YET.  New generations coming up in the electronic game "world" will begin to demand their real world firearms perform the magic available in games... watch out world... it's coming...
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Hell, add 4G and a motorized tripod and we can hunt from work.  Then we can get a network going.  We can hunt all over the world without leaving our desks.  lol
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They already do that, too...  Someplace in Texas was first...
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With the speed that the learning curve is increasing. it is hard to keep up in the real world.
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

With the speed that the learning curve is increasing. it is hard to keep up in the real world.
Things are moving faster, for sure (says one old **** to another.)
Image capture technology has sure come a long way since the early digital cameras.
Remember when 6 megapixel cameras were a big deal and terribly expensive?
You'd have to search to find anything that weak, today.

Once the digital scope market opens up, then we'll be in for some fantastic optics and eventually, great prices.
One might guess that Nikon, Pentax and some of the other big players already have plans/designs to be ready to jump into the market with the 'next big thing'. Somebody's going to do it. it's just a matter of when.

Can you imagine a digital astronomical telescope? A spotter that beats today's Kowa at 1/3 the price? Maybe that's beyond the range of today's technology, but tomorrow?
Embed ccd chips everywhere in roofs and phone poles and have an effective lens the size of a continent that everyone could link into and watch a 'sunset' on some moon on the far side of the galaxy...
By that time, computer power to handle all of this might be reaching the 'singularity' point and as others have speculated in such things as "The Terminator" and "The Matrix", then we'll be in for some fantastic... nevermind.
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Great thoughts, Alan.  All I can say is "faster... go FASTER...".
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They will become popular when they offer some form of light amplifying technology over regular glass optics.
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