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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by murf, Feb 8, 2018.

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  1. murf

    murf Member

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    i have been using the chronograph a lot lately. i'm trying to work up a +p+ load for my glock 30 so all the loads have to be run through it. if i try real hard, i can get three loads through in a day, but the last load gets run late in the afternoon when the sun really messes with the results. the last late afternoon load session wouldn't even register.

    so today, i decided to make shade screens for the ole blue shooting chrony:

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    usually at this time of day i get errors and no readings. but today, at 5:15 pm, i fired seven rounds through without one error! and no damage to the sun shades.

    anyway, i thought i'd show my solution to a long time problem of mine.

    i used the flaps from a cardboard box, large straws cut to fit, bread ties and duct tape:

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    i used a 9/64" drill bit for the bread tie holes and the shade dimensions are:

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    murf
     
  2. spitballer

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    IMHO an accurate, dependable chrony reading is also important from a safety standpoint and a project such as yours is well worth considering if you do any shooting with side lighting. Down here in the swamp where it gets oppressive in the summer months my range time is early morning when there's strong side lighting (and fewer patrons) and I just couldn't use the chrony without a custom shade. Good idea and great photos.
     
  3. Catpop

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    I was wondering. Didn’t the factory top shade work?
    I’m glad you took time to post- ive had same problem late in pm. I’ll try your trick!
     
  4. mjsdwash

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    nice, I use the same model, and use only one of the two rods, and the sunshade without the middle. I get errors about 1 in 10
     
  5. vaalpens

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    Thanks for posting.

    I have the Pro chrono and have the same issue late in the afternoon. My solution to the problem normally is to park my car next to the chrono to block the sun.

    I like your plastic straw solution. It is a nice non-permanent solution that can be installed when needed. I think I will try and put some side shades together before my outing onto the desert this weekend.
     
  6. murf

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    update this morning:

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    fired seven more rounds through with no errors. took my compass with; the chrony is pointing @ 300 degrees, the sun is @ 120 degrees (directly behind the shooter).

    murf
     
  7. murf

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    the top shade (light diffusers) works but, just in case, i spray painted the underside gloss white. when it gets dirty, or dull, i will spray them again!

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  8. murf

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    yes, i don't think they are needed on cloudy days. but, who knows?

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    I have an original base model Chrony, the sun shades are so brittle now I'm almost afraid to use them. FWIW, I have the same problems with side or angle light with mine... sometimes it's so bad I get about a 1:3 error rate. I'll have to give the side shades a try.
     
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    Thrifty idea for shade cause they could be adjusted for more than just unwanted Side Light. Thanks for the post and the idea. Very neat idea.
     
  11. murf

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    hey guys, let me know how the shades work out. i'm interested in the effectiveness of the width of the shade. maybe a wider shade will work better.

    murf
     
  12. vaalpens

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    I will try mine out this weekend, but this is what I did so far. I just made a shade for one side that can be installed when needed. I started with the plastic straws, then my wife found these plastic pipes that worked out great.
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  13. murf

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    looks great! curious to see if that would block out too much light. bet it won't because you are only blocking one side. we'll see.

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  14. murf

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    my diffusers broke a few years back. i have masking tape holding the two pieces together. i can't use the center pieces because they are both broken. i'll eventually have to make new ones. the arizona sun just destroys the white plastic.

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    I use diffuses made from a plastic milk jug on my Shooting Chrony (one of the old red ones that they no longer acknowledge having made). I use wooden shish-ka-bob skewers to hold them up and they work about as good as the originals.
     
  16. vaalpens

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    I went out today with the chrono and used the shade all the time. No errors at all the whole day. At some point I had to adjust the direction of the chrono a bit since the sun was getting close to one of the sensors. I will probably make an adjustment to the shade to move it so there is more overhang on the one side. This will then allow me to block more sun on the front or back of the chrono.

    This was the setup I had today.
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  17. JimKirk

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    My thoughts on the shades ...

    I have diffuser panels that go in the 24" x 48" over head light fixtures like those in drop ceilings . .. I choose the "milk jug" like ones from Lowes/Home Depot in the lighting section ...

    I believe the the translucent " milk jug" type material will allow enough light to enter the sensor area without blocking more than necessary ...

    I plan to use the replacement fiberglass tent poles that you can purchase at Wal-Mart in the camping section ...

    Now the only thing to do is get out and get it all out together instead of waiting until I have a perfect day ...
     
  18. Cemetery21

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    Another option for diffuser material is flexible cutting boards. They are a little thicker than milk jug material. I cut one to size and clamp it on the top diffusers for a solid "roof". I have not played with side diffusers yet, but I need to since I normally test early mornings and the sun slant gives me errors. I don't use any diffusers on overcast days and that works best.
     
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    Thanks murf. I had similar trouble with my chrony last week. Sun was low to the south and I was shooting from east to west, so after several "errors" I figgered out I had to keep shots fairly close to the body, low through the screens, to get a reading. Kind made me nervous and I shot one of the rods holding the diffuser (couldn't find it and duct tape didn't work). I'm gonna try the shades you designed...
     
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    I use a wagon at USPSA matches to move around my gear and have a large umbrella attached to it. The umbrella really helps in the Florida summers to make things a little more comfortable. I recently tried using the umbrella, attached to the wagon, to put the chrono in the shade, and it worked great. Before, on a sunny day, I was out of luck unless I could find some shade at one of the bays at my club.
    Here's a picture:
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  21. FROGO207

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    Lots of good ideas. Thanks all!
     
  22. murf

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    i used welding rods to replace my shot-up stakes. i forget what diameter works, but all you have to do is bust off the flux and cut to length.

    murf
     
  23. murf

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    agreed, i have never had a chrony problem on overcast days.

    the cutting board idea sounds great. i'll have to stop by walmart and get one or two boards.

    murf
     
  24. murf

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    glad it's working for you. was thinking that setup could become a sail plane in a stiff breeze. probably why there is a hook underneath the tripod for extra weight!

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  25. murf

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    thanks. a chrony is a necessity when "pushing the envelope", imo.

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