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Carl Zeiss Expands Into The Rangefinder Market with Another Global First: The Victory 8x26 T* PRF – a Lightweight, Compact Laser Rangefinder with BIS Ballistic Information System
Carl Zeiss introduces the Victory 8x26 T* PRF -- the world’s first premium monocular with digital laser rangefinder, LED display and integrated Ballistic Information System -BIS. This monocular is ideal for hunters who demand optical excellence, precise rangefinding and accurate holdover information from a single, compact unit.
Lightweight and easy to use, the Victory 8x26 T* PRF provides ranging from 10 to 1,300 yards using an invisible, eyesafe laser beam. Its high measuring accuracy of ± 1 yard at ranges up to 600 yards and ± 0.5% at ranges beyond 600 yards makes it a must have for the most serious hunters. And it’s fast. Measurements are displayed within fractions of a second and wide variations in temperature will not affect the measuring accuracy when used in temperatures between 14° to 122° F. One of the prime features of this high-tech unit is its Ballistic Information System – BIS which determines the holdover (how many inches above or below the target the shooter needs to aim at a given distance), thus greatly increasing the chances of an
The Victory PRF’s 330 ft. field of view and 8x magnification, combined with Carl Zeiss’ advanced technology, help make it possible to observe and range even smaller details at greater distances. The Victory PRF features a high-performance, two-element achromat in the 26mm objective lens. This sophisticated optical design, combined with Carl Zeiss’ scratch resistant and highly transparent T* lens coating, increases light transmission and reduces stray light to a minimum.
The high contrast, resolution and image brightness is also a result of the Victory PRF’s red LED (light emitting diode) display which features automatic brightness control to self-adjust to varying light conditions. The benefit: the Victory PRF’s LED display is significantly easier to read all day and especially when the light is dim and the background is dark, thanks to the red illuminated display vs. the dark symbols used in standard LCD’s (liquid crystal display) found in most of today’s rangefinders. Furthermore, monocular laser rangefinders equipped with standard, light-absorbing LCD displays have a highly reduced light transmittance of only 50% or less, due to their operating principle based on polarization, which represents a significant disadvantage for hunters, especially in twilight.
Operating the Rangefinder
The rangefinder can be easily set to yards or meters and can also be operated in a scan mode for fast repeated measurements on small or moving targets. A unique feature of the Victory PRF is the “one- touch” principle. Pressing the measuring button activates the red LED reticle and when released, the distance is immediately measured and displayed. This produces less shaking than having to push a button twice as one must do with most other rangefinders on the market, thus reducing the chances of a blurred image or inaccurate distance and holdover value.
BIS™ Ballistic Information System
The BIS (Ballistic Information System), working in unison with the laser rangefinder, provides accurate holdover information for 6 different common ballistic trajectories based on the most popular hunting cartridges. Hunters can access the BIS calculator on the Carl Zeiss website at zeiss.com/sports to view an extensive munitions database that will help them select the setting in the Victory PRF that most closely matches the ballistic curve for their particular load. The BIS can also be set to work with 100 yard or 200 yard sight-in distances. If the BIS is engaged, the hunter will see two measurements in rapid succession. The first reading will show the distance to the target and the second will indicate the holdover. For example, a second reading of H 8 means the hunter must aim 8 inches high to hit the target accurately at the given distance.
Mechanical and ergonomic design
The shockproof, lightweight housing is made of robust polycarbonate that is partially rubber-armored, making it particularly easy to grip. The large measuring button is positioned ergonomically and can be quickly operated, even with gloves. &