Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC 6 x 21mm Laser Rangefinder
Accuracy - 91%
Magnification - 92%
Features - 90%
Ease of Use - 92%
If you can afford the hefty price tag, then I say go for it!
Bushnell has been in the golfing industry for years now and each time they come out with products that their valued customers wait with bated breath for. The company has been in the industry for a long time so they know what goes into a good rangefinder. The brand has done it once again with a new rangefinder that is perfect for both golfers and hunters. Golfing just became easier and more convenient with the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder.
What to Expect
- Accurate readings up to 350 yards on large objects so you can tailor your swing accordingly.
- Comfortable one handed operation
- Ergonomic design
- Grip and user friendly
- Brush, scan and target mode
- 6x magnification capabilities.
- Gives 1000 yards on reflective targets
- 21mm objective lens that allows plenty of light in for all sorts of light conditions
- ESP or Extreme Speed Precision Technology allows accuracy for half a yard.
- Vertical settings to make one handed operation easier
- A Bull’s eye to make targeting easier and faster
- An aiming circle reticle
- Tripod mount that is built-in
- Waterproof housing making it ideal for use in rainy weather.
The unit runs on CR2 batteries which will be included when you purchase it and typically comes in black. It may not be the cheapest laser rangefinder in the market (it’s currently available at Amazon for $255), but it is worth the investment if you find to improve your swing.
Design and Structure
Even though the casing of the DX 1000 is made from plastic that does not make it any less durable. The structure is completely waterproof so you don’t have to worry about using it if you are caught in a sudden downpour. It held up well when I used it in freezing conditions and it had an easy to hold grip.
It’s also ultra thin, measures 1.3 by 4 by 2.9” and weighs a mere 8 ounces. The rangefinder also boasts the brands patented ARC or Angle Range Compensation Technology which offers maximum optical range.
How it Works
The Scout DX 1000 gives off harmless pulses of infrared energy when it is activated via the Power button and gives accurate readings using the installed ASIX chip and microprocessor. State of the art digital technology offers measurements in instants each time it is used by calculating the distance the energy pulses take to come back. The accuracy of ranging is +/- a yard under almost all conditions, but the measurements will vary according to the reflective nature of your target.
The Scout DX 1000 has an ARC display which features indicators for an aiming circle, rifle and bow mode (for hunters), the active laser, targeting symbols, a bull’s eye mode, a numeric display, brush mode, targeting symbols, a second numeric display and distance. So basically it is an advanced rangefinder and it offers an exact angle via -/+90 degrees of elevation. In other words, it solves an issue that golfers have been facing for years – how to circumvent inclines due to their extreme angles.
The rangefinder offers an elevation angle that allows users distance compensation while targeting objects that are on an incline. The data is then processed by a built-in algorithm and formula that offers an accurate range of the inclined target.
The battery indicator will indicate when the battery is full, when 2/3 charge is left, when 1/3 charge is left and it will also start to blink when the battery is about to run out of juice. If it is not charged before it is too late, then the unit will power down and you will not be able to use it. To replace the battery, remove the cap of the battery compartment by spinning the screw counter clockwise. This will open the door. Insert a 9 volt alkaline battery into the compartment and then attach the connectors of the battery. Please keep in mind that the battery should be replaced at least after every 12 months.
Like any other rangefinder, this one can give distances in both yards as well as meters. These are situated in the lower half of the screen and can be toggled through by depressing the power button. Plus, when the device is active, you will see Crosshairs in the LCD display which will be around the aiming circle indicating that the beam is being transmitted to the object being targeted. Once you let go of the button, the crosshairs will go away indicating the laser is not being transmitted.
You can also use the SELECTIVE TARGETING modes to adjust the rangefinder according to your particular environment and the weather conditions you are playing in. Switch between modes by pressing the button and release immediately. One of the most preferred modes is the 10 with Automatic scan which is suitable for targeting reflective objects. To use it, hold the power button down for 3 seconds and then relocate the rangefinder across multiple objects in its field of vision. The device will record the distances between all of them and the user (you) and remain updated.
The BULL’S EYE INDICATOR mode is ideal for targeting small targets without taking background into account. When the rangefinder gets more than one object in its sights, the distance of the nearer one will be displayed with the appearance of a crosshair. When you are in this mode, press the button to turn on the DX 1000 and align it on the target you need to measure distance from. Then, slowly move the beam over the target until the crosshairs align with the bull’s eye. Once these two meet, you will have acquired the target.
Bushnell’s rangefinder has more modes going for it but these were two of the most important ones you will need during your game. If you can afford the hefty price tag of the Bushnell Scout DX1000, then I say go for it!