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Re: laser rangefinders

Subject: Re: laser rangefinders
From: Simon Pryce Arboriculture
Date: Dec 21 2007 09:42:55
I use a Leica LRF 800.

If I recall correctly it cost about £160, robust instrument intended for hunters [and the golfer who has everything else apparently]. Doesn't have the bells and whistles of some of the others, but supposedly has clever internal bits that make it less likely to give false readings off foliage. Range is up to 800m, which can be useful for locating yourself on big sites, minimum range 10m, which means its not really good for crown spreads. Advantage is that you look through it, so there's no problem of trying to see the red dot in sunlight.

In favour of tapes they are light, cheap and do at least make you go up to the tree and touch it. Snapped my loggers tape the other day and felt severely disadvantaged without it, well done the well known supplier from W Sussex that got a refill out so quickly.

Simon



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