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Well, I just received this item today. 

 

Her are Nikon's key features:

Waterproof/Fogproof, nitrogen purged & O-ring sealed
Nikon's tru-target ranging system allows for precise ranging in all situations as far out as 1200 yards
Unmatched 1/2-yard accuracy
1200 yard effective range -- non-reflective targets
Nikon's original digital process for faster, more accurate readings and accuracy that is not effected by temperature
Long eye-relief for comfortable ranging
Battery-included

 

And Specifications:

Focusing System (Diopter): +/- 4
Magnification x: 7
Objective Diameter (mm): 25
Angular Field of view (Real): 5
Angular Field of view (Apparent): 35
FOV @ 1000 yds. (ft.): 262
Close Ranging Distance (yds.): 11
Exit Pupil (mm): 3.6
Relative Brightness: 12.9
Eye Relief (mm): 18.6
Size (L&W) Inches: 5.7x3.2
Size (L&W) MM: 145x82
Weight (oz): 9.8

 

My initial impressions are that it is very light and easy to use.  I was able to range a few things out side the house tonight under dreary skys and a light mist.  I was mostly ranging buildings which I think are moderately reflective.  I was able to range these out to 800 yards easily.  There weren't any farther except for a barn which Google Earth says is 809 yards away and at a steep angle to my house and a radio tower at 960 yards.  I was able to measure a treeline at ~320 yards, houses out to 450 and a black dingy structure to 808 yards.  I now need to really try this out on deer and some more realistic hunting treelines.

 

What does the mode button do?

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Well, played around more today.  I have determined the scan feature is a must for a handheld trying to pick up distant targets.  Ranged a treeline at 1163 today with bright sun in my face.  Optics are nice and clear with this thing.  Readings are instant.  It either reads or not.  I find myself slowly scanning a distant tree row or hillside to get a reading. out past 800 yards.  1000 yard on non-reflective objects are hard to get but possible with a rest.  Reads through clutter like branches at 50 yards fine.  It will pick them up, but the user can easily decide which reading matters.

 

I have yet to find a distant animal to range.

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BTW. . . The belt pouch is worthless for hunting.  I can't pull the thing out.  What gives!
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Quick update.  I still have not ranged a deer!  . . . but, I did range a person at 1010 yards!  I also ranged a treeline at 1263 and a big lone tree at 1163.  One quirk about this rrangefinder is tthat the last digit is used for the .5 yard increment under 500 yards so it is about 3/4 size of the first 3 digits.  When ranging over 1000 yards, this last digit is still smaller  BTW. . .Conditions were clear sky, bright overhead sun.  I did not have a tripod.  I did all measurements from an improvised rest, which wasn't good(car was running).

 

Quick summary:

 

100 - 400 - Will range any tarrget quickly with minimal effort.

400 - 650 - Requires a fairly steady hold.

650 - 800 - Much more sensative, but many things canstill be rranged.  Depends alot on reflective angle.

800 - 1200 - Hard to get a reading, but a reading can be found if the object is big enough and at the right angle.



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Have you experimented any more?  I am thinking about getting one.  I have a Bushnell YP-800 compact.  With it, I can range red or white cows 700-750 yards depending on the angle.  With black cows (Angus) I can only get reading a little over 600 yards.  I have ranged deer nearly 500 yards which is as far as I have tried.
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Has anyone compared this hands on to the Leica CRF 900 or 1200?  I can't decide between which I am going to get.  Seems like the Leica definately has better glass, at least in the store......smaller as well.

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Well, I used the Nikon Antelope hunting.  I was able to range every Antelope within 1000 yards.  Out to 600, usually the animal was easily ranged.  After that, I think I was ranging mostly surrounding ground.  I also ranged Elk out to 900+ yards.

 

The only negatives were:

1) when cresting a hill, it is hard to get the animal 300 yards away, instead of the sage brush 50 yards away.

2)  When ranging on flat land at long distances, it is easy to range ground closer or farther than the target and have 50 - 100 yards error!

3)  The green LED.  Not sure hoe to use this effectively.  In broad daylight against game targets, it is not used.  At dark, the rangefinder can be used without the LED, but with the LED, you can only see the reticle.  Like looking out a house window with the light on at night.  Against a dark target during the day, it may be of some use, but I think the Leica lit reticle scores big here. 

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