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The riflescope of the future- It's Digital

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by answerguy, Jan 25, 2006.

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  1. answerguy

    answerguy Member

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    Just saw an ad for this in the NRA's American Rifleman magazine
    http://www.elcansportingoptics.com/home.php

    DigitalHunter™ by ELCAN Optical Technologies is a riflescope for the 21st century. It is a fully digital sighting system designed to bring the benefits of modern technology to enhance the enjoyment and safety of your hunting experience. Embracing the digital age, DigitalHunter™ bridges the gap to pass along the great hunting tradition. Rugged and easy to use, DigitalHunter™ is a revolution in riflescope technology, departing from the obsolete glass-and-metal riflescopes of yesteryear and bringing today's serious hunters enabling benefits only offered by modern technology.

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    I wouldn't call it terribly attractive but maybe it's just because it's different.
     
  2. BulletFan

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    But will it catch on...?

    This seems like a pretty novel idea, however I don't see this product ever catching on to the level of popularity as perhaps the traditional 3-9X40mm "metal and glass." I think this will probably sell enough to pay for the marketing, manufacturing, distribution and service of this piece, but I don't see it sticking around for another year of perhaps a "Generation II" model. I could be all wrong and have no clue what i'm talking about, but I'd be willing to bet, this thing won't be around next year.

    My .02
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  3. waterhouse

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    Interesting, but I won't be throwing out my "obsolete glass-and-metal riflescopes of yesteryear" any time soon.
     
  4. Henry Bowman

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    Can you program in your "range card" for your load so that it automatically calculates bullet drop at the measured range and adjusts the reticule? Just add windage and...:cool:
     
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    If it could do that, AND if it includes a laser rangefinder, so it automatically adjusts the reticle for distance at that drop, THEN it would be cool.
     
  6. answerguy

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    Maybe so, us hunter types are a stubborn lot. But some old line camera manufacturers have stopped making traditional film cameras, replacing them with a digital line. Maybe we'll see the day when glass and metal scopes aren't sold either.
     
  7. BulletFan

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    oh yea, one more thing,

    Two words,
    and one of them is "ugly"
    :barf:
     
  8. Henry Bowman

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    It appears to NOT have a built in rangefinder. I will check it out at SHOT Show and report back to you.
     
  9. waterhouse

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    Henry, from the product literature, it appears that you can enter your bullet data into the scope. The scope doesn't have a laser range finder, so before the shot, you then type in the "estimated range" and it adjusts your elevation for you.

    If I'm estimating the range anyway, I might as well spin the knob and count the clicks.


    If this turns out to be a hit, new models could have a built in rangefinder and wind gauge and do everything for you. Theoretically at least.
     
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    I saw something like this the other day on OLN...I think it was a new military design by either FN or HK. The scope has a built in range finder, first you digitally range the target, then the scope notifies you when you have raised or lowered the crown of the barrel high or low enough for the shot at the distance.
     
  11. BulletFan

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    I don't think the big names like Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fujifilm, and maybe even Mavica will EVER completely stop making film cameras. Digital is great, don't get me wrong, I'm well in tune with the advances in digital technology (cameras specifically) but digital will never surpass analog in terms of quality. you can have a 22 megapixel camera and IMHO will never look better than a medium format Mavica shooting with good hookups.
    High quality optics + high quality construction + the human eye = bullseye
    high quality optics + CCD = a product with capabilities limited to the CCD
     
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    They're be mainstream someday...

    Even the US Navy's Virginia-class subs use a digital imaging mast instead of the old periscope.
     
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    I like the idea, not so much the batteries.

    Once Leupold or Zeiss come out w/ an all digital model I'd think about giving one a try.
     
  14. answerguy

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    A couple of thoughts, they designed it to (kinda) look like a traditional scope but they didn't have to. They could offset the sight or even detach it so you could wear it like an eyeglass.
     
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    This is pretty cool but......

    When a top notch scope maker like Leupold comes out with a scope with a built in rangefinder that I can also enter the ballistics for my rifle/round into so that the recticle auto centers, I am buying one.

    Till then I'm buying conventional stuff.
     
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    It's currently kind of big, but the first laser sights were big also. Now they're tiny.

    I like the concept.
     
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    I always like to see new technology being tried with anything. There are many possible advantages with a system like this. I think the future will hold more digital scopes.
     
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    But you'll never depend on a camera for food or defense against hostile wildlife in a bad situation.

    And a metal and glass scope will never run out of batteries or say "ERROR".
     
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    Some other issues with non-passthrough optics:

    1. dynamic range of image (both sensor and LCD)
    2. response time / refresh rate
    3. very close focus distance from eye compared to regular optics
     
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    Glass scopes have a failure rate too. If they can keep the failure rate of these new ones at the same level that should be acceptable. I do wonder how well they hold up to the recoil of a magnum rifle.
     
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    I played with one like this at last year's SHOT show. In addition to large size and being dependent on batteries, the biggest drawback is poor resolution at higher magnification.

    Because it is CCD based, just as in your digital camera the image becomes pixelated at higher mag.
     
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    I like new things. I like old things, too. Both is good.

    I see some real potential for this technology. I want a snapshot at the instant the gun fires, so I can see exactly where I was aiming. (I want the option to get that snapshot while dry-firing, too - what a wonderful training aid!) I want a bullet drop compensator that I can calibrate with the actual results from my rifle and load. I want to be able to draw my own reticules on my computer and upload them to the scope. Heck, why not add a wireless link and have a second, remote display? That's the kind of thing that can make target shooting a lot more of a spectator sport.

    It'd be fun to save movies of successful shots, too. Integrate some range, wind, and mirage sensors and you'd have a whole new game.

    (I'd bet that two lasers, of different wavelengths, would bend differently under mirage conditions and could be used to measure the distortion. That'd really be something).
     
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    That's what I was about to say. If it relies entirely on digital zoom without optics then I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole at this point in digital zoom technology.

    brad cook
     
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    I think you got something there, with the lasers at different wavelengths, I do believe that would work, I don't know mch about lasers, just what I've read in Scientific American, but it should work.


    I've had the idea of a scope that you put you rifle and load data into it and it automatically adjusts to poi, but also have it so it has a aimpoint and a circle around that in which would show where your round would likely to hit according to your load's patterning. sorry about the spelling, never a strong point.
     
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