One of the most trusted tools for bowhunters – the Archer’s Choice Laser Rangefinder – has been given a new look and some enhancements that will cement its must-have status among bowhunters for years to come. Originally designed with the help of Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo of “Archer’s Choice” television fame, Nikon engineered this rangefinder from the ground up specifically for real-world bowhunting situations.
New to the Archer’s Choice in 2013 is an improved LCD display with an LED illumination that allows selection of the mode that contrasts best against subject and background. The uncluttered screen displays ranges with Nikon’s trademark speed in .1-yard increments.
The Archer’s Choice also has Tru-Target Technology that allows users to select between first target priority mode and distant target priority mode. First target priority mode generates an accurate reading on an object as small as a fence post while distant target priority mode displays the range of the farthest target among a group of targets measured.
Nikon’s advanced ID Technology compensates for various incline or decline shooting angles—up to ± 89-degrees of angle, which allows bowhunters to range targets from a treestand or in steep terrain with the same confidence and ease as ranging over flat ground—simply aim, push the button and plan your shot according to the displayed distance. Only one number is displayed, the correct distance needed to make the shot.
The rangefinder features Nikon’s legendary multicoated optics, waterproof/fogproof ruggedness and pocket-sized portability. The Nikon Archer’s Choice also features long eye relief (18.3mm), an adjustable diopter and 6x, bright, multicoated optics.
Like all Nikon rangefinders, the new Archer’s Choice operates on a single CR2 lithium battery (included). A Silent Technology neoprene case in RealTree APG camo for the ultimate in stealth bowhunting is also included. MSRP is $279.95.
The origin of the technology behind this Laser Rangefinder with inclinometer is the Total Station DTM-1 (initially sold in 1985), the first highly advanced electronic model among surveying instruments incorporating both distance and angle measurement capability developed by Nikon Corporation.
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