PETE WARD

"WELCOME TO MY OUTDOOR WORLD"



GEAR REVIEW
"SWAROVSKI  Laser Guide Rangefinder."
 

Kindermann Canada Inc.
3-361 Steelcase Road West
Markham, ON Canada L3R 3V8
 

http://www.kindermann.ca

e-mail info@kindermann.ca

Tel (905) 940-9262

Fax (905) 479-9755
 
See  the "SWAROVSKI - EL 8.5 x 42" Review

See the "Swarovski 8x20 Pocket Compact" Review 
See the Swarovski -EL 8x32 review
See the Swarovski SLC 8x56 Review
 
Review
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(Below in blue is  copied from Swarovski )
Greater possibilities,  higher precision,  ultimate  reliability.
The new Swarovski  Laser Guide 8x30 combines the highest quality  standards of Swarovski  Optik  binoculars  with  the latest laser range measuring  technologies, packaged together in a comfortable,  compact, lightweight  instrument.  The result is unparalleled  performance  in terms of image quality and accuracy even in poor weather and light conditions, as well as at long ranges. The result is that you have absolute certainty that you always aim at the right target.
 
 
 
 

This is a review on the superb Swarovski Laser Guide 8x30 1500 yard (maximum) range finder. I used the Laser Guide all fall this year in all weather conditions. It performed flawlessly. It is small, light weight and very easy to use. Just point and click and the target distance is displayed instantly.

This is the longest distance range finder that I have used to date and I was not to sure as to how well it would work when the animals were really out there.

 

The longest distance I ranged deer with was 783 yards. It was a small group of 2 does and 3 fawns feeding. As I switched from deer to deer the distances were displayed for each one. Scanning back to a deer in the distance was repeated if it had not moved. 

During wet rainy days I had no trouble getting readings with it. It performed well when targets were in the bush with minimal obstructions. From ground blinds I could use it through the smallest openings and get accurate readings, as long as there was a clear line of sight. Cold weather did not affect the range finder's readings either. At least -20C didn't affect it.

 

For long range use I was impressed. Cows and horses were displayed as being up to 1634 yards. That's a long way!

 

The optics are 8X and "Swarovski" clear. I was able to use it right up to heavy dusk and still get good readings. The display is always in view, so there is no need to drop them to look and see. Scanning is also available making it very useful to range several objects at a single viewing. Like the Swarovski binoculars the Laser Guide has the screw-in eyepiece that will not break and it allows those of us with glasses to see properly through it.

 

My main use is not on animals, but on the areas surrounding my blind, or wherever I set up. I am a traditional bow hunter and have a limited range for shooting with longbows and re-curves. In a minute I can scan my surroundings and know how far every object is. Knowing where my "shoot zone" is helped me take this nice elk.  When he stopped walking and looked into the field I knew he was 15 yards away and well within my comfort zone. He first appeared at a stump that was 40 yards out and too far to shoot. I know this because I scanned the area when I first set up. No guessing, just known distances for the surrounding areas.

 

 

 

When this buck was taken I had scanned the area when I set up the double bull blind. I knew my decoy was 18 yards away, and also knew what distance every feature around me was. I did not have to ask myself if he was in range before I shot; I already knew.

 

                      

 

Rifle hunters that shoot longer distances will be able to actually range the animals before shooting. We normally do not have that luxury when we are so close with our bows.

 

I used this range finder exclusively this year and took a lot of readings on every outing. The battery was still good at the end of November. The Laser Guide comes with a neck strap and a belt clip that both have their place. I preferred the belt clip for my use, as it also acted as a lens protector.

 

The Swarovski Laser Guide is the best performing range finder that I have used to date. It is definitely recommended as a very good product that doubles as a high quality monocular and a laser range finder.

 

It makes you feel great when you succeed and have trust in your gear.

 

 (photo taken after I took my first ever Elk with a long bow).

 

 
 

 
Laser Guide 8x30
Magnification
8x
Objective lens diameter (mm)
30
Objective lens diameter (in)
1.18
Exit pupil, diameter (mm)
3.8
Exit pupil, diameter (in)
0.15
Eye relief (mm)
15
Eye relief (in)
0.59
Field of view, real (m/1000 m)
136
Field of view, real (ft/1000 yds)
408
Field of view, real (degree)
7.8
Field of view, apparent (degree)
60
Shortest focusing distance (m)
4
Shortest focusing distance (ft)
13
Diopter compensation (dpt)
-5dpt to +14 dpt
Twilight factor (DIN 58388)
16
Length, approx. (mm)
120
Length, approx. (in)
4.7
Width, approx. (mm)
99
Width, approx. (in)
3.9
Height, approx. (mm)
46
Height, approx. (in)
1.8
Operating temperature (F)
14 to 122
Operating temperature (C)
10/+50
Storage temperature (F)
15 to 158
Storage temperature (C)
25/+70
Submersion tightness (ft)
13
Submersion tightness (m)
4
Tripod connection thread
1/4" UNC
metre/yard selector
yes
metre/yard selector
ja
metre/yard selector
Metri/Yard
Battery
1x CR 2
Battery lifetime (measurements)
min 1000
Maximum range (yds)
1500
Maximum range (m)
1400
Minimum range (yds)
10
Minimum range (m)
10
Accuracy (yds)
1
Accuracy (m)
1
Display
LCD Display
Laser Divergenence
2mrad
Laser wavelength
905 nm
Weight without batteries (oz)
13.2
Weight without batteries (g)
375
Weight with batteries (oz)
13.6
Weight with batteries (g)
386
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