How Do Rangefinders Work

If you are a frequent golfer or a fanatic hunter, then surely you are familiar with the importance of a rangefinder. Chances are that you can’t do without! This handy piece of equipment is a must for anyone who needs to measure distance in meters or in yards, and unfortunately an estimation with the bare eye does not deliver the same accuracy. They are designed to measure the distance to a target rather quickly. You don’t need to be an expert on rangefinder technology to use one, but some extra knowledge never hurt anyone and may even help you on the golf course or during your hunt through the woods! Here’s how do rangefinders work:

This is how it generally goes: you look through the lens and point the rangefinder at the target to which you would like to measure the distance. Once your aim is right, you click on a button and then the rangefinder will do all the work for you. It’s as easy as pie! However, don’t forget that there is a lot going on inside that small hand-sized piece of equipment. Depending on the type of rangefinder, different ways are used to calculate the distance to your target. The two best known being the laser rangefinder and the GPS rangefinder.

Bushnell Michael Waddell Bone Collector Edition 4x 21mm Laser Rangefinder, Realtree Xtra Camo



This is one example of a wonderful product from Bushnell. It is an accurate lase rangefinder used for hunting. This could really put your game into a whole new level and increase your skills significantly. It is fairly accurate and very durable. It could withstand and sustain outdoor weather conditions without wearing out. The product is cheap and affordable. Given the price and the longevity, it is really a practical hunting investment.

And just for fun, here is a featured video about the Bushnell Laser Rangefinder:

It has a slick aesthetics and design. The rangefinder is very convenient to your hand and performs distance calculations accurately.

The typical laser rangefinder looks a bit like a set of binoculars. If you’re using a laser rangefinder, then upon hitting the button the device sends out a laser beam that travels to a chosen target to measure the distance, before returning back to you. Inside the small device you’re holding, a complicated calculation happens to measure the distance. This distance gets estimated based on the travel time of the laser beam. GPS rangefinders can come in the form of a watch or a phone application. These make use of satellites rather than laser beams. When you’re ready to measure the distance to your target, the rangefinder searches for satellites around the object and then measures the distance to each one of the satellites in order to calculate the distance.

Certain features facilitate accurate measurement of the distance to your target. As a person, it’s complicated to find a focus point, since you are so far away. Hence, the importance of a rangefinder’s magnifying power. Other rangefinders have a new technology called “Pinseeker” technology. This aids in ignoring objects that could potentially hinder accurate measurement of the distance to your target (e.g. tree branches). Through this technology, these “hazards” are pushed to the background and become less significant. Other important features are water resistance of the rangefinder, scan mode, maximum distance, and whether or not a rangefinder accounts for slope.

    Ranges Finder – Hunting and Golf Course Range Finder $$ 4.5/5
   Laser Rangefinder for Hunting and Golf, 700 Yards 6X 25mm Range finder $ 4.1/5
    Halo XRT6 Laser Rangefinder $ 4.2/5
     TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder – 6×24 Laser Range Finder $$ 4.2/5
    Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC 4x20mm Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder $$$ 4.3/5
     Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 with Horizontal Component Distance Rangefinder RRF-101 $$$ 4.8/5
     Bushnell Michael Waddell Bone Collector Edition 4x 21mm Laser Rangefinder $$ 4.3/5
     Wildgame Innovations XL450-7 Rangefinder $$ 4.3/5
    Nikon 8397 ACULON AL11 Laser Rangefinder $$ 4.3/5
    Simmons 801600 Volt 600 Laser Rangefinder, Black $ 4.2/5

The way a rangefinder works is slightly different for one than for another. The same calculations may be used for measuring distances, but some rangefinders’ features are a bit more advanced. Whether someone prefers a GPS or Laser Rangefinder depends completely on personal preference and purpose. The laser version is more accurate than the GPS rangefinder, but it also takes more time to obtain a more accurate distance. So now that you know a bit more about the technology of a rangefinder: how will you make your choice? Let us know in the comments below!

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