Recommendations for range finder with an inclinometer

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jasonbaker
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Recommendations for range finder with an inclinometer

Post by jasonbaker » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:16 pm

Does anyone have any recommendations for a range finder that has a built in iclinometer also? I saw this on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-8381-Laser- ... B005OLOWKO

It looks good, but it may be too much for what I want to do. I'd also prefer something simpler with less stuff to potentially break. If I can look in the viewfinder and see feet/yardage/meters and the angle, I'd be happy.

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Re: Recommendations for range finder with an inclinometer

Post by Will Blozan » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:00 pm

Jason,

Please review the massive amounts of laser reviews and tests on this BBS site. Long story short- there is not a good one yet that we have found with respect to clutter penetration ,mainly. The new TruPulse 200X is showing promise but it is pricey...

Will

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Re: Recommendations for range finder with an inclinometer

Post by jasonbaker » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:39 pm

Thanks Will! I'll check into that and I'll read some older posts to see what looks good.

From most of my Googling, most of the range finders I saw were for hunting and archery. That Nikon was the only one that I saw that looked like it might be targeted at tree folk and I didn't see much on here about it.

It looks like I'm going to have start rolling pennies :D

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Re: Recommendations for range finder with an inclinometer

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:17 pm

Jason,

I'm not real familiar with the Nikon Forestry models. My first setup was the Nikon 440 along with the Suunto PM-5/360PC. Even though now I have a Trupulse 200, I still routinely use the Nikon 440 for clutter penetration. I should probably pick up a second Nikon 440 since they're no longer being made.

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Re: Recommendations for range finder with an inclinometer

Post by Rand » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:29 pm

I use the nikon 550 forestry and it works decently well, but the Nikon 440 is decisively better at penetrating clutter. Steve Galehouse, and I shot the same tree with both lasers, and he often came up with taller heights simply because the 440 could penetrate up to a yard deeper into the clutter of twigs at the top of a tree.

On the plus side, in reasonably open conditions it is very convenient that the 550 does all the math for you, and comes up with a total tree height in two clicks.

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Re: Recommendations for range finder with an inclinometer

Post by jasonbaker » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:58 pm

Matt, Rand, thanks for sharing! I appreciate the information. The calculation features do sound nice the more I think about it. It would require less fumbling with my phone.

I looked up the Trupulse, and that might be a little rich for my blood at the moment :) Precision instruments don't come cheaply, so I understand.

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Re: Recommendations for range finder with an inclinometer

Post by Steve Galehouse » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:35 pm

Jason-

I would still recommend the 'cheap and cheerful' approach and get a used Nikon 440, which has a more precise cone of vision, and either a Brunton/Suunto clinometer or a clino app for the I-phone. The advantage of having a mechanical clino is that it can be mounted together in the laser in the same sight plane, reducing errors in dropping one instrument to refocus the other.

Steve
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