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Nikon Monarch 800/1200 vs Bushnell Pinseeker Rangefinders

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Nikon Monarch 800/1200 vs Bushnell Pinseeker Rangefinders

Postby JGerboc on Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:38 pm

Hi Joanie,

I emailed you yesterday regarding my interest in a Nikon rangefinder for golf. I spoke to a gentleman in your office earlier today as a followup regarding the difference between Nikon Monarch 800/1200 and Bushnell Pinseeker rangefinders for use when golfing, not hunting. Unfortunately, he was not a golfer and was uncertain as to the answer. Nikon says the Monarch 800 or 1200 can be used for either golfing or hunting, yet no searches for "golf rangefinders", including your website, include the Nikon Monarch series. I am concerned that although they CAN be used for golf, there is some operational or functional reason why the Bushnell Pinseeker would be a better choice. Unfortunately, in my area there is limited access to knowledgable people who would have the answer to this question. I would rather not purchase and then have to ask for an exchange. I am hoping that possibly there someone in your store who golfs that would be able to provide a comparison?

Happy holidays,

Erie, PA

Postby Jne_K on Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:45 pm


As I mentioned earlier, you can use any LRF for golf that has a selectable priority mode for distance. This includes the Nikon 800 or 1200. In golf, you will need a nearest target priority mode, which goes by several designations, depending on the manufacturer. This insures that the LRF is seeking the flag, not some object behind it. Other than that, there is absolutely no difference between a golf LRF and a field LRF as far as function, though field LRFs often have other features such as scan, rain and so on of little interest to a golfer. It's mostly a matter of labeling and marketing beyond that.

The Bushnell Pinseeker is a case in point. it is an excllent golf LRF, but it is actually the same thing as their Elite. The only thing the 205103 Pinseeker offers that you cannot get in the Nikon is the tilt compensation (slope). If that feature is of interest to you, go with the Pinseeker.
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