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Kogan rangefinder

Post by Stix » 15 Mar 2019, 1:33 pm

Anyone had experience with these Kogan brand rangefinders...?

Only $129 for today only apparently...
I thought it might make a cheap backup or one to carry in harsh conditions etc... :unknown:

Any thoughts or experience...?
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Post by TassieTiger » 15 Mar 2019, 1:44 pm

I acquired one of the eBay specials below for $110 - it will not range a klm as advertised but it is good to 700m and has 100% reviews from 18 purchased.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1000M-Teles ... SwolpcNAto
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Post by YoungBuck » 15 Mar 2019, 2:27 pm

Everything I have ever bought from Kogan, I wish I hadn't. Their quality is super low in my books.

TassieTiger wrote:I acquired one of the eBay specials below for $110 - it will not range a klm as advertised but it is good to 700m and has 100% reviews from 18 purchased.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1000M-Teles ... SwolpcNAto

I've also got one of these. I've had mine measure out to about 650m but I've never been able to verify it.
Mine also stops functioning properly when the temp gets above about 32 degrees. Starts reading objects that 50m away as being in the area of 180m... A more expensive unit without a doubt wouldn't do this (or at least would have a much higher tolerance to heat).
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Post by bladeracer » 15 Mar 2019, 2:29 pm

I don't recall where I bought mine from (quite likely Kogan though) but it's basically the same unit put out by different companies. No complaints from me. I've been using it for more than four years, and very regularly. Because I don't have a permanent range I have to reshoot the distances when I want to shoot paper and steel and it has proved to have excellent consistency. I have no way of physically measuring any of the longer distances, but they gel very closely with GoogleEarth measurements. The furthest it will range reliably is around 750m, although I haven't really tried to range anything further than that. I especially like the ease of use, it only has two buttons, and no on/off switch. Pull it out of a pocket, look through it, press the button to turn it on, then when the reticle is on your target press the same button again for the range, then put it away and it'll turn itself off within a few seconds. The second button has three modes you cycle through, >150m, reflective surfaces, and rain. It also has an indicator showing how strong the return signal is. I have messed about a bit trying to determine how small the beam is, and have found it is not precisely on the reticle crosshair, so I have to aim very slightly off the target to get a hit on a small target, but it's only maybe 1MoA or so off. It's precise enough to be able to sit at the end of a star picket fence and shoot distances of all of the pickets across the paddock.

Just did a quick Google and it is Kogan - https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/800m-laser-rangefinder/

I also found the manual online - https://assets.kogan.com/files/usermanuals/KALZRRFINDR-A.pdf
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Post by bladeracer » 15 Mar 2019, 2:50 pm

I found an undated document that states that Bushnell use(d) a beam that is 4mils high by 2mils wide - 400mm by 200mm at 100m.
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Post by deye243 » 15 Mar 2019, 4:22 pm

TassieTiger wrote:I acquired one of the eBay specials below for $110 - it will not range a klm as advertised but it is good to 700m and has 100% reviews from 18 purchased.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1000M-Teles ... SwolpcNAto

So the same as a Leopold then
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Post by BangBangSkeetSkeet » 15 Mar 2019, 4:31 pm

Stix,
don't know about Kogan but i believe Aldi will have them on sale in the next few weeks (they were on sale about this time last year) - Maginon brand for @ $149. i recall one of the other blokes (was it OB?) got one.
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Post by albat » 15 Mar 2019, 5:02 pm

Got the kogan one it's good on animals to about 400 metres after that it dont work so depends on what you need it for, i dont shoot those ranges so it good for what i want it for
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Post by Oldbloke » 15 Mar 2019, 5:24 pm

BangBangSkeetSkeet wrote:Stix,
don't know about Kogan but i believe Aldi will have them on sale in the next few weeks (they were on sale about this time last year) - Maginon brand for @ $149. i recall one of the other blokes (was it OB?) got one.


Yep i bought one. Use it instead of binos now. Very happy with it. But generaly only use it out to about 300 yards.

I did some rough checks when i got it and seemed fairly accurate.

Hope they sell game cameras again. All reports are very good. I made the mistake of buying a couple of cheapos and not happy with them.
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Post by TassieTiger » 15 Mar 2019, 5:57 pm

The eBay one also measures speed - fantastic to work out, how fast a farkin lion is running at you !!!
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Post by Oldbloke » 15 Mar 2019, 6:21 pm

TassieTiger wrote:The eBay one also measures speed - fantastic to work out, how fast a farkin lion is running at you !!!


:lol:
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Post by Ziad » 15 Mar 2019, 7:39 pm

TassieTiger wrote:The eBay one also measures speed - fantastic to work out, how fast a farkin lion is running at you !!!


You mean a tasman tiger..... as no lions in australia :sarcasm:
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Post by ramshackle » 15 Aug 2019, 9:19 am

I would not buy the Kogan unit. It does not have the very useful "scan" mode where you can press a button and it scans and displays distance dynamically as you move it around. The eBay offerings routinely have this
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Post by bladeracer » 15 Aug 2019, 2:31 pm

ramshackle wrote:I would not buy the Kogan unit. It does not have the very useful "scan" mode where you can press a button and it scans and displays distance dynamically as you move it around. The eBay offerings routinely have this


I can't say that I've had any need for such a thing, I aim it at my target, press the button, read the distance.
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Post by xDom » 15 Aug 2019, 2:54 pm

Do the cheapies work in the dark?
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Post by bladeracer » 15 Aug 2019, 3:22 pm

xDom wrote:Do the cheapies work in the dark?


As long as you can see the target, if you can't see the target then you can't aim at it. The reticle is black so you can't read it against a black background, but it holds the reading for about ten seconds or so to allow you to read it against your hand or the sky.

We've got a full moon just now and it's quite light at night, but I'll try to remember to try aiming it at known structures when it's pitch black and see if it works - I'm sure it will.
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Post by ramshackle » 15 Aug 2019, 9:16 pm

bladeracer wrote:
ramshackle wrote:I would not buy the Kogan unit. It does not have the very useful "scan" mode where you can press a button and it scans and displays distance dynamically as you move it around. The eBay offerings routinely have this


I can't say that I've had any need for such a thing, I aim it at my target, press the button, read the distance.


You may be right, but: https://youtu.be/Ia6YEgR6TeY
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Post by Stix » 15 Aug 2019, 10:19 pm

ramshackle wrote:
bladeracer wrote:
ramshackle wrote:I would not buy the Kogan unit. It does not have the very useful "scan" mode where you can press a button and it scans and displays distance dynamically as you move it around. The eBay offerings routinely have this


I can't say that I've had any need for such a thing, I aim it at my target, press the button, read the distance.


You may be right, but: https://youtu.be/Ia6YEgR6TeY

That video...or the point the guy is trying to impress, makes no sense to me in the average deer hunting situation he is depicting...!!
Its just a suck-in for the guy who's never hunted, & is completely misleading giving a false impression of a hunting scenario...!!

Everything he says is self defeating...

He says constant "clicking" of the button may be heard by a deer, yet suggests if you see one closer to the side you can hold the button to avoid being heard & swing around 90 degrees to get a range on the close one... :lol:

It would be easy for him to range without the need for scanning mode cos id have shot the bloody thing by the time he's finished tugging his finder... :lol:

Fair dinkum...movement will bust you regardless of a click...!!...not to mention, once you've got a range on a deer youve got a range...you dont need to know its now 3 yds closer, then another one yard, then another 3 yds etc etc to send bloody bullet.....:roll:

Seriously, if its that important to have a continual range, at what point do you swap the finder for the rifle... :unknown: :roll:

Load of sales bullsh1t...!!

The only time ive ever wished i had a range on a moving target is a silhouette of fast moving incoming overhead ducks sgainst the sky on a sunny day...but if they continue to fly after the first barrel i know immediately if ive over or undereastimated it...!!

Like i said...load of sales bullsh1t to convince the novice to spend extra..!!! :thumbsdown:

The feature is just there because the technology makes it relatively cheap & easy to add, & thus vastly improve profit...
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