Choosing the laser rangefinder first determine the use you make of it. There are some kind of rangefinders: golf, hunting,and surveying. Today, I will focus on the golf laser rangefinders and hunting laser rangefinders.
The main differences between golf rangefinders and hunting rangefinders
When a laser rangefinder reads the first aim in its sights and ignores other aims, it is being in the first priority feature. And when it ignores the first aim and sees a more distant aim, the device is being in the 2nd priority feature.
A rangefinder is extensively used for golf which is called “golf rangefinder”. It usually focus on the flag. All golf rangefinders are first priority feature.
And a rangefinder is used more frequently and usefully for hunting. In a hunting-trip, you are sometimes blind or protected by branches/leaves. A rangefinder for hunting or second priority one may pass by the first aim in its sights, and show the furthest object in your game.
Is it able use a laser golf rangefinder taking part in a hunting? Absolutely. Another question, how about using a hunting rangefinder for playing golf? It’s certainly possible. But more closely, your product is designed to be more friendly for the user and will not ask for multiple modes of readings/ switching to make sure it can read the right distance. Some rangefinders enable you to temporarily go second priority feature with a button “locate” or “bullseye”.
Reticles and aiming points
A reticle is the circle you see when you look in a rangefinder. The reticle is usually made of black lines that you overlay on the aim that you want to measure.
But some illuminated reticles appear as consisting of an LED. Problems with LED crosshairs appear in bright condition where they can be overwhelmed by the ambient light and therefore not to be seen.
Rangefinders are marketed and sold with names implying the capacity of maximum readable distance. But beware, this can mislead the consumer. The displayed distance is only valid under ideal conditions of atmosphere or on large reflective surfaces!
In faultless conditions you can see your pole barn at 1640 m, a rocky hill at 1203 meters. But in most times, a deer or a golf flag can be measured at about one third of the declared maximum distance, and less than half of the distance. Learn the manufacturer’s specifications before selecting your laser rangefinder.
Generally, a level of 5x or 6x magnification is sufficient, and most rangefinders have appropriate levels of magnification. Remember that more magnification is not necessarily easier to determine the objects, but the field of view will be restricted. In practice, I do not base a lot on expansion levels to choose my rangefinder.
Do not worry about the battery life. Change the batteries once a year is already quite rare for most people. If you use much your range finder, keep it in a spare anyway. And always bring a battery replacement when hunting or in winter.
The dimension is very important for hunting. The best rangefinder is always the one you have with you at hand.
While being small is crucial for hunting, it’s in contrast to golf. In addition, the large size gives better support with larger optics and is very stabilized.
Consider all these factors when selecting your laser rangefinder, so as not to regret your purchase! I would also recommend you to go to shop receive advice from a salesperson, ask all your questions but come back to buy on the internet, this is certainly the best deals are!