The dynamics of laser rangefinders have helped manufacturers come up with sophisticated binoculars loaded with advanced features like clarity and night vision suiting all weather conditions.
Nikon 16212 Laser force
The Nikon 16212 Laser force Rangefinding Binocular is one of the best in the market today. The device gels the classical performance of a binocular with the extreme speed and ranging capacity of a typical laser rangefinder with 1900 yard gauging capacity. This is quite undoubtedly one of the best distant viewing solutions, and is extremely effective for serious hunters, forest rangers, bird watchers. The laser rangefinder technology is handy spotting animals from a distance and since the device will give you the accurate distance of the target, you can easily adjust your position before the first shot, be it with a gun or a camera.
The device comes with an ED or Extra Low Dispersion glass, which will reduce the chromatic aberration, which at times disturbs viewing objects from long distance with the help of telephoto lens. Alongside, the ID technology helps compensate decline and incline angles.
The binocular comes with a Central Focus system, with a 10X magnification, and an objective diameter of 42 mm. The real angular Field of View is 6.1” while the Apparent FoV is 56.1”. The wide FoV at 1000 yards is 320 ft and this makes picking up the targets at distance so very easy. An exit pupil of 4.2 mm and a relative brightness of 17.6 make sure that your visibility is not disturbed by natural elements like rain and cloud. It is waterproof and complete with a prism roof, which gives the device a compact look and feel.
The glass quality of the product is outstanding, and the LED rangefinder reticle is pretty bright, making vision all the more clear. However, some of the users complain that the rangefinder fails in certain cases. Soft target can’t be viewed from 600 yards. This poses problems while spotting cows and deer. They feel that this product is not going to last very long in the market as a device would need a soft target of at least 1000 yards if not more.
Why laser rangefinding binoculars?
Simply watching distant objects sometimes is not enough – more so if you are a professional photographer, a marksman or a sniper. You’ve got to adjust your camera aperture or your gun according to the distance you are viewing the object from. Plus, there are natural elements like light and smog and other related factors that might get in the way your vision. Here’s where the laser rangefinder binoculars come in handy.
How do they work?
Let us at first discuss the technology that laser rangefinders use very briefly. They use an extremely thin, invisible laser beam, which when fired, hits the target object and gets back to the point of origin, thereby determining its distance between the target object and the rangefinder device. The technology uses a high speed clock that calculates the time (referred to as the ‘Time of Flight) taken by the laser to travel to and from the target and then uses a specific mathematical equation for calculating the distance.
Factors to look for before buying a laser range finder bino
Before you purchase a laser rangefinder binocular, you need to look for certain things.
Ability of spotting the target: You need to gauge the quality of optics. A quality optic will naturally provide you with more details when viewing objects from distance. Also, while seeing objects at shorter distance, it will help you measure with more preciseness and accuracy.
The capacity of getting laser energy on target: This is the next property to be evaluated. The capacity depends upon the extent of beam divergence. Also other factors like wavelength, sharpness and quality of the transmitted laser pulse need to be evaluated. However, it is pretty hard to quantify these parameters before using these devices extensively.
Size of the receive aperture: You need to look at the size of the aperture as well. A good size will help capture the readings one the leaser returns. A larger aperture will naturally have an impact on the amount of return data that the device will be able to collect and this will naturally have an impact on the vision.
Besides, you need to look after the:
- Quality of lenses is crucial as they are the viewing platform. You need to make sure that the product you purchase has lenses that are optically ground and have special protective cover. It’s best to opt for multi-coated lens that are superior and hardy.
- Check if the magnification serves your purpose
- Make sure that the body is tough enough to withstand the rigors of the outdoor use and the entire body is well protected.
- Compare with various products and pay heed to what your eyes say. See how you feel looking through the eyepieces and the weight of the devices. It’s better to opt for the water resistant devices. Choose wisely, for they are pretty expensive device, even though the prices are not exorbitantly high.
- See if the focal adjustment is handy and you can move it silently and easily and if they give you good end results.
Difference between Laser and Simple Reticle Rangefinder
Simple Reticle Rangefinder: The simple reticle rangefinder is the basic form of long distance viewing. It comprised of a concave objective lens along with a convex eyepiece. The optics here collects and then concentrates light for magnifying the object. Here, a reticle or crosshairs act as the aiming aid. The modern devices come with adjustable magnification along with a mechanical compensation.
Laser Rangefinder: The laser rangefinder, on the other hand uses a laser beam, as discussed earlier, for calculating the distance between the point of sight and the target object. Most of the common forms of laser rangefinder works obeying the TOF of Time of Flight calculation principle, or calculating the time taken by the leaser in covering the distance from the device to the target object, hitting it and then coming back all the way to the device.
Some best laser rangefinder binoculars
The Bushnell 8×32 Fusion 1-Mile ARC
This comes with a ARC or Angle Range Compensation laser rangefinder that comes with a 10 to 1760 yard range. Besides, it comes with a 96×48 pixel Matrix Display, which gives you brighter displays that is easily readable in any condition. It also has a 80 percent light transmission capacity. The device comes with a CR-123 3 volt battery and carrying case.
However, the electronic warranty is just for 2 years and the lifetime optics warranty is also limited.
SNYPEX Knight LRF1800 8×42 Precision Tactical 1.2 Miles
The binos are christened as the “Crime Fighting Eyes for Cops”. This product comes with a Eye-safe technology, which is capable of gauging distance even in thin-fog as well as heavy steam. It is extremely bright in any conditions and is effectively an all weather device, with a comprehensive O-ring seal, which prevents entry of moisture, dust or debris. It also helps the device to fight inclement weather conditions. It is perfect for spotting targets that are continuously moving from one place to another. It also comes in handy while switching from one target to another in case of multiple targets. The specialty of this device is that it measures the distance accurately even in case there are any reflective barriers in between like glass.
However, there have been complaints regarding performance of the device in low light conditions like in moonless nights. The clarity is not always up to the mark in these conditions.
Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Victory 10X56
These come up high quality Zeiss Victory optics, which gives the users undoubtedly the best possible vision in any light conditions. With maximum resolution and some absolute clarity and exceptional brightness, the device is simply one of the best. It is waterproof and filled with nitrogen. With illuminated reticle, the device is able to locate the targets accurately from a distance of as much as 1300 yards. It comes with 56 mm lenses with T coating, which allows increased light transmission, thereby enhancing clarity, as well as twilight performance.
However, the device is on the heavier side weighing over 4 lbs, and it becomes difficult to maneuver quickly when it is needed so in certain situations.
ATN BinoX-HD 4-16x/65mm Smart Day & Night Smart HD
This product comes with a day and night vision feature with HD resolution to negate any chance of blurry images whatsoever. The device comes with an in-built 3D gyroscope and an E compass. This helps keeping the images steady and clear. Then it has the option of E-zoom that let you magnify the image without losing the sight of FOV. It has 1080p HD video recording capacity and taking photos, Wi-Fi streaming that allows you to transmit the captured images to your computer or mobile.
However, the lithium batteries are extremely expensive, and they train out even when the device is switched off overnight. There are even instances of dead batteries experienced by the users, even when the device is kept packed. Customer care is pathetic and does not even address issues like these that are quite fatal.
Now, there are several Laser Rangefinder binoculars available in the market; however, you need to choose the one that suits your needs and preferences. You’ll have to be extra cautious while you purchasing a binocular with laser rangefinder as they’re high value devices and hence you need to make sure that your investment is worth, and serves your purpose.