Brand new for 2014 from Leica Sport Optics, the Geovid HD-R, the update of the popular and highly sought after Laser Rangefinder Binoculars featuring mechanical, electronic and optical properties that have become in the more than decade since its introduction almost legendary.
This new version offers the capability to precisely calculate the Equivalent Horizontal Range (EHR) both uphill and downhill, giving the hunter both the direct linear range and the corrected horizontal range for the site angle.
The EHR value is much more important than the linear distance, as the bullet’s true ballistic curve can only be calculated from the EHR. Leica determines the EHR using an integrated electronic Inclinometer and a special computing method developed especially for this purpose by Leica.
The maximum range of the eye-safe laser rangefinder (Class 1 laser product) is approximately 1300 m. EHR values for distances up to 600 m can be measured; beyond that, only linear distances are displayed in the internal LED display.
The new Geovid HD-R retains the timeless classic binocular design of the previous HD, and is waterproof to a depth of five meters; it is available in four models, that all share the LRF module and measuring performance, differing for the observation optics configuration: 8x42, 10x42, 8x56 and 15x56.
Using a single button for the distance and EHR measure, the Geovid HD-R is the perfect choice for those mountain hunters that do not need any sophistication or programming, and simply need reliable and accurate angle of site compensation. If a complete ballistic package, together with improved performance, is needed, Leica offers its flagship model, the Geovid HD-B 42 Laser Rangefinder Binoculars.
Although not new, having been introduced last year, the top of the line Leica Geovid HD-B 42 offer a host of advanced technological features conceived to accurately calculate trajectories, both for hunters and sport shooters in the field.
The ABC (Advanced Ballistic Compensation) technology calculates the ballistic trajectory using the laser rangefinder module - capable of measuring up to 2000 m - a digital inclinometer, plus temperature and atmospheric pressure sensors; the output, clearly readable in the integrated LED display, not only offers direct measurements and individual values (such as angle of site, temp and pressure values), but also three different ballistic applications.
According to the hunter or shooter’s preferences, data can be presented as holdover values in relation to the aimed point, a correlation to a ballistic reticle used in a riflescope that offers preset distances, or actual minutes of angle/mil clicks to dial on the elevation turret of a riflescope.
Available as a 8x42 and 10x42 optical magnification/configuration, the Geovid HD-B 42 uses a Perger prism scheme, a very compact variation of the Porro prism set, instead of the roof prism scheme, for greatly improved optical quality without sacrificing aesthetics.
The open, contoured bridge shape offers an ergonomic grip and comfortable one-handed operation, also thanks to the lightweight Magnesium chassis construction.