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Vectronix Shooting Solutions Terrapin X 42

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    PRESS RELEASE // 2024-FEB

    SAFRAN VECTRONIX LAUNCHES COMMERCIAL
    BUSINESS UNIT AND UNVEILS TWO NEW PRODUCTS
    Safran Vectronix, a leader in precision electro-optical instruments, has
    launched its new commercial business unit, VECTRONIX SHOOTING SOLUTIONS, and
    unveiled two new products designed for long-range shooters and hunters.

    VECTOR X: SETTING A NEW STANDARD
    IN RANGEFINDING BINOCULARS
    Building on its legacy of equipping the world’s most renowned military units,

    the VECTOR X, the flagship of Vectronix Shooting Solutions, sets a new bench-
    mark in rangefinding binoculars. It is available in three models: 8×42, 10×42,

    and 12×42. All models feature an outstanding optical system with a robust
    design and two MRAD-based reticles to choose from. With an IP-67 rating and
    durable rubber armoring, the VECTOR X stands out as an exceptional observation
    tool even under tough usage conditions. With a 905nm laser and the capability
    to measure distances of up to 7000 yards / 6400 meters (laser class 1M)

    or 4400 yards / 4000 meters (laser class 1, Europe) the VECTOR X is a range-
    finding binocular for the most demanding shooting scenarios.

    With unrivaled usability as its guiding principle, the VECTOR X is the first
    commercial rangefinding binocular to incorporate intuitive D-Pad control.
    Whether novice or experienced users, the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) of the
    VECTOR X allows users to instantly grasp its operation from the moment they
    pick it up for the first time. This user-friendly design guarantees effortless
    usability, making the VECTOR X accessible to users of all proficiency levels.

    Instantly after a measurement, the VECTOR X provides complete firing solu-
    tions calculated by Applied Ballistics Elite on its bright Active-Matrix OLED

    display, with the elevation adjustment and two windage values displayed on a
    single screen. Seamless integration with third-party devices and apps allows

    users to connect their VECTOR X to Kestrel weather meters, Garmin wrist-mount-
    ed computers, and ballistic apps.


    RADICAL X: RUGGED BINOCULARS
    FOR SHOOTING APPLICATIONS

    The RADICAL X is a rugged binocular designed for long-range shooters and hunt-
    ers. With an exceptional optical and mechanical system, MRAD-based reticle,

    and integrated tripod mount, it is the ideal partner for all shooting-related
    use cases. The RADICAL X is available in two models: 8×42 and 10×42.

    LOOKING AHEAD
    Safran Vectronix’s commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of

    the VECTOR X and RADICAL X. With VECTRONIX SHOOTING SOLUTIONS, the compa-
    ny leverages its expertise to provide cutting-edge solutions for long-range

    shooting and hunting enthusiasts worldwide. Fueled by innovation and guided
    by customer satisfaction, VECTRONIX SHOOTING SOLUTIONS are poised to lead the
    way in delivering top-tier solutions for the long-range shooting and hunting
    community.

    ABOUT SAFRAN VECTRONIX
    VECTRONIX SHOOTING SOLUTIONS is a business unit of Safran Vectronix AG, a
    global leader in state-of-the-art electro-optical equipment, systems, and
    sensors for military and civilian applications. More than 100 years of Swiss
    tradition and excellence in optics and precision engineering are reflected

    in our products – handheld laser rangefinders and night vision devices, tri-
    pod-mounted orientation and positioning systems and sensor modules for our

    OEM partners.



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    This is a really cool product. They brought some to the US this fall and stopped by 419 to show it to us and shoot some video (will likely release in the next week or two, waiting on an actual production unit to add some needed footage, should have soon).

    The thing that sets this apart from anything we know on the market is - somewhat obviously - the electronics. They went all the way with integrating features and hardware that give you access to more information, using a simpler interface, and it looks/feels like a real electronic, not simply a bino with a LRF in it.

    When we spent a while fingering it and talking through features, they asked us what we thought the price was going to be, and every one of us missed high by at least a thousand bucks. At under $3k this thing is dynamite.
     
    Man oh man. My wife is gonna kill me when she gets the credit card statement after these come out.....🫣
     
    Not yet had them in hand, but I'm hoping to get them here to test on the ELR targets. The 905nm laser should be easier to collimate to a small box, but reflectivity may be an issue in full sunlight. Note the drop from max range to that on a deer target. It's also a +/- for NV use. I don't know that they have a NV capable display, and the beam would be visible in NVGs. Easy for me to see what it's covering and it's relationship to the reticle.
     
    More images and specs

     
    These were the best thing at SHOT SHOW not at SHOT SHOW,

    First Impressions these are amazing products, every ask for a set of binoculars / rangefinders is in there.
    But can we trust their promises of service and support this time?
     
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    Seems reasonable. If the glass is comparable to the Geovid it’ll be a success
     
    The binoculars look and feel amazing! Had a chance to play around with them a few months ago, we think they are going to perform awesome.

    The RRS Vector-X Mount will be available upon release of the binoculars to the public, through Vectronix Distributors.

    The "Vector-X Mount" was made specifically for/in conjunction with Vectronix for the tripod designed mounting ports. Includes a tension knob to remove cant caused by adjusting the Pupillary distance.

    Attached are photos of the Pre-production testers.

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    I’d like to know the divergence compared to the Steiner 1535nm bino. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a published number for the Steiner.
     
    I'm on the list to get one for testing. I expect these to be a 90% solution, but they will not replace the standard Vector 21 for those that need an XLR rangefinder system. Given that you need about 50% of the beam on target for a reliable range, at 2000m the beam will be 3.2m wide, meaning you need a target of 1.8M (5.9') wide. If you are looking for precise positions, the +/- 5 degrees will lead to a 175m potential error at 2000m. I don't see where the tripod mount uses brass screws and is amagnetic, so that won't help. Absent the Vectronix tripod, I've got to do some extensive modifications to the Manfrotto tripod systems I use to get good position data. I don't see that the display has a NV mode, which seems unfortunate. It i 905nm though, so if you tripod mount it and slave it to an observation device you can see the beam on target and have the data sent to a NV readable system.

    These should be pretty much perfect for most long range shooters. You can range most shootable targets within 1500, get solutions with your preferred solver and do most spotting work with these. The price is outstanding for the capability.
     
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    I'm definitely buying the 12x when it's available
     
    I'm on the list to get one for testing. I expect these to be a 90% solution, but they will not replace the standard Vector 21 for those that need an XLR rangefinder system. Given that you need about 50% of the beam on target for a reliable range, at 2000m the beam will be 3.2m wide, meaning you need a target of 1.8M (5.9') wide. If you are looking for precise positions, the +/- 5 degrees will lead to a 175m potential error at 2000m. I don't see where the tripod mount uses brass screws and is amagnetic, so that won't help. Absent the Vectronix tripod, I've got to do some extensive modifications to the Manfrotto tripod systems I use to get good position data. I don't see that the display has a NV mode, which seems unfortunate. It i 905nm though, so if you tripod mount it and slave it to an observation device you can see the beam on target and have the data sent to a NV readable system.

    These should be pretty much perfect for most long range shooters. You can range most shootable targets within 1500, get solutions with your preferred solver and do most spotting work with these. The price is outstanding for the capability.
    Sir- can you expand on how you calculate beamwidth at a certain distance using the known beam divergence info?
    thanks
     
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    Sir- can you expand on how you calculate beamwidth at a certain distance using the known beam divergence info?
    thanks

    Same as any angular to linear conversion. For example, 1mil = 3.6" @ 100yds and 36" @ 1k yds.

    If a beam is 1.5 x 0.1 mil that would mean 5.4 x 0.36" @ 100yds and 54 x 3.6" @ 1k yds. And you can use ft, yds, m, etc.
     
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    MK Machining posted a look through picture on Facebook and it seemed to have a similar blue hue just like the Sig 10Ks.
     
    MK Machining posted a look through picture on Facebook and it seemed to have a similar blue hue just like the Sig 10Ks.
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    Here you go. Might be the phone's camera interacting with the type of lights in the facility.

    I was never bothered by my Vortex Fury's hue, but everyone's different.
     
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    It will be interesting comparison to Sig 10K when it comes to ranging capabilities. It has same laser beam.
     
    I really wanted to like these. Based on that smurf vision shit like the sigs, I can't do it. Its disgusting a pair of binos over 1k, much less 2k has this poor glass quality. And its not like its a technological issue, as Swaro, Ziess and Leica all have integrated LRF Binos with very good glass (although not their alpha).

    For something you use to get a quick range/solution on, its fine. For using to glass all day on the mountaintop or at a match, That shit would get old real quick.

    I need to get some hands on with them before making a final decision, but if its anything like the Sig10k's.....not a chance.
     
    I really wanted to like these. Based on that smurf vision shit like the sigs, I can't do it. Its disgusting a pair of binos over 1k, much less 2k has this poor glass quality. And its not like its a technological issue, as Swaro, Ziess and Leica all have integrated LRF Binos with very good glass (although not their alpha).

    For something you use to get a quick range/solution on, its fine. For using to glass all day on the mountaintop or at a match, That shit would get old real quick.

    I need to get some hands on with them before making a final decision, but if its anything like the Sig10k's.....not a chance.
    I take it you've looked through these?

    These are VERY, VERY different from the Sig. Having had all of the major 10X players side-by-side for a couple weeks, it's not a close comparison at all. I know there will be people that don't believe this no matter what we say, but they are incredibly different. Don't let one set of binos spoil you on all the others.