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    FW: KVH Datascope
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2004 Oct 22, 13:45 -0700

    >  -----Original Message-----
    > From:         Royer, Doug
    > Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 13:44
    > To:   'navigatio-l{at}listserv.webkahuna.com'
    > Subject:      KVH Datascope
    > Like Herbert I've got one of these things.
    > Unlike Herbert I really don't like useing it all that much other than
    > rangefinding.And if your vessel has even rudimentory radar,useing that is
    > faster to aquire ranges and just as accurate if not more so.I'll keep my
    > 10x stabilised binoculars to use to view things.
    > I really don't think the 5x mag is enough.Nor am overly impressed with the
    > quality of its optics.
    > Mine, at least, has no options that has anything to do with
    > altitudes.Perhaps newer models do.There are 2 features on this tool that
    > are nice to have in 1 unit.The internal fluxgate compass and the
    > ratio-matrix rangefinder.I do like useing the unit as just a rangefinder.
    > There is a feature that allows you to store bearings etc.But then,again,it
    > is redundant if you have radar.
    > I've never used mine on a sextant and most likely never will because of
    > the quality of the optics.It would make useing a sextant with one of these
    > attached instead of a standard scope to appear to be more balky and
    > troublesome.Herbert can comment on that point as I've never tried it.
    > It's a nice tool.A rather expensive one I think but a tool none the less.
    > They are fairly rugged as mine has been thrashed around on occasion and it
    > still functions fine.Good battery life in these units also.
    > It would be a great tool for people to have and use who don't have other
    > pieces of equipement because it incorporates multiple functions into 1
    > piece of equipement.

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