According to F&S: The first thing you notice about the new Leica Geovid HD-B rangefinder, built into 8×42 and 10×42 binoculars, is the underslung shape that takes advantage of a new prism design. This lends a banana curve to the rangefinder’s black-rubber-armored magnesium body that, along with open-bridge construction, improves the ergonomics. The display is an uncluttered red LED that is easy to read, giving target distance, angle, ambient temperature, and atmospheric pressure, in sequence. When programmed, the readings can match any ballistic load and present the proper holdover in inches, centimeters, MOAs, mils, or equivalent horizontal range. There’s even a micro-SD card for downloading customized ballistics, which you can obtain by using the online Geovid HD-B Ballistic Calculator. The optics are top Leica quality, as should be expected.
“Field & Stream’s recognition of the Geovid HD-B is a testament to Leica’s ongoing tradition of producing quality products featuring ground-breaking innovations,” Terry Moore, vice president of Sport Optics for Leica Camera Inc. “Our first Geovid laser rangefinding binocular revolutionized sport optics, and we did it again with the new Geovid HD-B, which features 2,000+ yard ranging plus sophisticated, customizable onboard ballistics capabilities. Our engineers and product development team are the best at what they do, and the Geovid HD-B is a reflection of their brilliance and abilities.”
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The new Geovid-HD B contains advanced ballistics technology enabling users to add/create their own custom ballistics info for their specific firearm as well as class-leading ranging abilities.
The newly developed ballistic function ABC™ (Advanced Ballistic Compensation) provides the proper aim point for the hunter and shooter. The Geovid HD-B’s integrated, highly precise ballistic processor can instantly gather and analyze the ballistic information with one touch of the button, giving accurate information for the correct hold over, turret adjustment or drop down reticle aiming point. When calculating the trajectory, the distance, angle, temperature and air pressure are all taken into account.
Twelve ballistic curves representing most of the trajectories of modern hunting cartridges are programmed in the system. Plus, an integrated microSD card slot, located inside the battery housing, allows the hunter to program and save personal ballistic data for his or her cartridge/rifle combination. This innovative option allows the hunter to input ballistic data based on his or her cartridge and rifle. Different ballistic information data sets can be saved on separate microSD cards for multiple cartridge/rifle use. The result is extremely precise and accurate ballistics information. Within only 0.2 seconds, the Leica GEOVID HD-B 42 displays all of the necessary information for an accurate shot, especially with steep inclinations and at long distances.