Photo by Nikon
Story by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News
A deer has stepped into view, and it’s a nice one. How far away is he?
There’s no more need to fumble around, looking for that rangefinder that may have fallen out of your pocket or is still in your backpack. And there’s no more need to hang a rangefinder from your neck to avoid that issues.
It’s in your hand and you are looking through it — the Nikon LaserForce Rangefinding Binocular is here.
Nikon Sport Optics has officially announced the introduction of its 10×42 binocular with a built-in, 1900-yard laser rangefinder.
“I tried the prototype and ranged out to 2,100 yards,” said Waylan Owens of Owens Outdoor Sales, who represents Nikon.
What is unique about the LaserForce?
The glass, brightness levels, speed, size/weight, warranty, and, especially, the price.
“This little thing has four brightness levels — you can see the readings any light and with any background,” Owens said. “And its reaction time is three times faster.”
LaserForce features a laser capable of ranging distances from 10-1,900 yards with instantaneous readouts on a crisp OLED display. The OLED display offers a 4-step brightness adjustment, making it easily readable under any light conditions and against various objects.
Featuring Nikon’s ID (Incline/Decline) Technology to compensate for the effects that slope has on trajectory, LaserForce provides hunters and shooters with the compensated range necessary to make the shot, whether uphill, downhill or on level ground.
The glass is top quality at a better price, using ED (Extra-low dispersion) Glass. This superior glass corrects chromatic aberration that causes color fringing for high-resolution, contrast-rich images.
“Nikon’s R&D on the camera side helps them provide the best glass in the binoculars at a lower price,” Owens said.
The long eye relief design, combined with turn-and-slide rubber eyecups facilitate a custom fit for users’ individual viewing needs, with or without eyeglasses.
The new LaserForce rangefinder binocular combines superior optical quality, ergonomic single-hand control, technologically enhanced features and a 100-percent backing with Nikon’s No-Fault Policy.
“A lifetime electronic warranty is unheard of,” Owens said. “The European models cost three times as much and don’t provide it.”
And it is smaller and lighter than the competition.
“It is 30 percent shorter in height and weighs 30 percent less,” Owens said. “It’s a game-changer in rangefinding technology.”
The LaserForce 10×42 has a MSRP of $1,199.95. One look and you’re ready to take the shot. Look for it at your favorite Nikon retailer.