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It's as accurate as any sextant could be
on May 13, 2011
Ok, reading the other reviews makes me think of my grandmother, rest her soul, trying to program a VCR, only backwards. Clearly, the 1 and 2 star ratings have 'old-knowledge' blinders, and don't understand how MOA (minutes of angle) work. Meanwhile, the 4 and 5 stars look at this scope as I do, a good way to measure distance.
Oh, and for those saying "it only works for 50-to-200 yards/meters", well, that's not true...just 'double' or 'half' your image relative to the distance marks...or inversely, 'double-or-half' your distance.
The technology involved on how this works is about 2000-years old. The marks in the lens is keyed to the idea that the golf pennant is 6-ft above the cup. So, if your pennant is 6-ft out of the cup, then you just base the bottom line on the bottom of the pole, at the cup, and the top line gives your distance reading. Again, if you assume a deer is 3-ft tall at the shoulders, and an elk is 6-ft, then you can still use the monocular for hunting, too...even bow hunting! Just take that deer, put the bottom mark at the hooves, then at the shoulder blade you just take the reading...and then half it...since the deer is only HALF of 6-ft tall at the shoulders. So, if that reading was 100yds, then he is really only 50-yds away. Simple.
Nope, its not a laser unit...then again, I don't have to lose the trophy of a lifetime because my primo batteries just ran out, or my clumsy dropping of a 600-dollar unit into a stream in the high-country caused my super-special digital unit to stop working.
It works, it works well, and its made well. Learn how to take a distance-reading using size and angles, and you'll see how easy it actually is. Knowing that it is calibrated to a 6-ft pennant is all you need to know...the rest is just a matter of scaling.