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What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« on: March 18, 2021, 11:09:42 PM »
I could allow $100 to $120 or so toward a chronograph by summer. That covers a few models but I don't know what I'd be getting for that amount. or more importantly, NOT getting. I see that  I could use a chronograph in airgunning much more than I'd ever have needed or used one back in my decades of powder gunning and reloading.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2021, 11:15:17 PM »
Don,

I went old school, I got a Caldwell with tether. I hook it up to my old kindle and run the app. Works well, pretty solid.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2021, 11:37:32 PM »
I went older school and got an Alpha Chrony Master.  I bought it when the Caldwell was being developed and chose it because the electronics are separate from the unit itself.  You may shoot the body of the unit but the electronics are on the table with you.  Unfortunately I believe it is no longer in production.  I don't use it often.  Penetration tests with a coffee can or boards tell me a lot about how my gun performs.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2021, 12:06:36 AM »
I started out with a Caldwell basic version, which I bought (at the time) from Cabella's for around 80 bucks. I see that they are ten dollars more now.

https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/caldwell-ballistic-precision-chronograph


About a year and a half or so ago, Amazon had the more complete package for $89.00 (a great deal at the time), so I bought that one as an upgrade, and gave my basic model to my son.

That one is now $127.49 as of this posting - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HTN5290/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Both models have worked well for me, however they do have their little "quirks".

I often get ERROR messages, which is frustrating, but I think it's mostly a lighting situation, and I tend to do the set up after work in the late afternoon/evening when the lighting is rather poor.

I do like the more advanced package with the lighted hoods, tripod, and all the bells and whistles. The LED lighted hoods work perfectly BTW.

I think just about all of them have issues of some sort as they rely on lighting conditions to properly read the reflection of light from the pellet as it passes over the sensors, but I would highly recommend the Caldwell, in either model, and especially within the range of cost that you are considering.

One caveat is that I haven't been able to utilize the Bluetooth tech, but the 25 ft. cable works perfectly on my Android phone.

If I ever happened to shoot mine out (highly unlikely) I would still buy another of the same model.

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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2021, 12:23:04 AM »
Don,

I went old school, I got a Caldwell with tether. I hook it up to my old kindle and run the app. Works well, pretty solid.

Same here. It was $60 a few years back and works great with the included cable to my old Android phone. The Caldwell app you install on your phone stores the shot strings and displays each shot as you go.
There is a model (not sure the brand) that hangs upside down in a frame that you might be able to find for under $200. It's supposed to be really good, hopefully another member will know what model I'm thinking of and have details.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2021, 12:25:12 AM »
I don't know what a tether type means. My ignorance, herewith acknowledged, is showing. I just started looking through MidwayUSA earlier tonight. Goodness things look ....complicated.
 I suppose a stopwatch, 100 foot tape measure, and a really loud "NOW!!" isn't such a good idea..... (grin)
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2021, 12:50:53 AM »
I went older school and got an Alpha Chrony Master.  I bought it when the Caldwell was being developed and chose it because the electronics are separate from the unit itself.  You may shoot the body of the unit but the electronics are on the table with you.  Unfortunately I believe it is no longer in production.   
I did too Thomas,  I went with the older school and got an Chrony Beta Master.  I've used it for years, it's not as high tech as the newer ones but it has served me well for years and years.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2021, 01:08:27 AM »
I don't know what a tether type means.

It just means a cable is attached from the chrony to your phone (as opposed to Bluetooth).
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2021, 03:35:48 AM »
I have a China clamp-on and a ProChrona Pal and 2 Caldwell Kits.
I like the China clamp-on best for airguns inside my home.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2021, 05:47:34 AM »
I use the ProChrono Digital. I have the usb and the bluetooth. I also have the light kit.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2021, 07:18:18 AM »
I don't know what a tether type means.

It just means a cable is attached from the chrony to your phone (as opposed to Bluetooth).

Correct. My version came out just before the blue tooth came out.

As an aside, I made my own 'light kit' with some left over LED tape put on the bottoms of the sky screens. I do so just last week when I found my new lighting on the shop (LED) was messing with the unit. Works great indoors now.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2021, 08:01:41 AM »
I have the Caldwell kit like this: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1015050545
I got mine from Midway a couple-few years ago. It looks like they upgraded the LED lights, though mine works perfectly. Very rarely do I get en error.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2021, 09:21:36 AM »
Prochrono digital. Pre Bluetooth. Works great, but indoors requires the light kit. I want to buy another one now they've added the Bluetooth link to it. Absolutely no complaints.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2021, 09:35:24 AM »
I sure would like bluetooth, I spend more time with that cable than the test of the setup.

I leave my chrony on a tripod 90% of the time and after seeing all the PB holes through the displays, I've been using a piece of AR-500 steel in front of it "just in case".
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2021, 09:47:26 AM »
I bought the Caldwell complete kit. Mostly because I had Cabelas points. BUT, it works well. The light was essential this winter when shooting in my pole barn. The light kit had some loose parts (connectors for power) that I had to take them apart to tighten up but I cannot imagine any air gunner not being able to fix. Lol.  The tripod seem cheap. Haven’t used it. I connected the Caldwell to my iPad. Works great with the downloaded app.
My overhead fluorescents did interfere so bear that in mind.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2021, 09:54:19 AM »
I have a Shooting Chrony (RIP) F-1 with IR light kit and a home-made momentary switch, which essentially makes it an Alpha.    It's about 6 years old.    Used exclusively indoors.   Also got a nice tripod from a garage sale.

I bought it because of the steel construction and made in the USA.    All the components were bought on great sales and rebates, so the total expense was about $115.   Oh, plus a battery eliminator from amazon for $9.

It has a limitation of 32 shot strings, so statistics are compromised after 32 shots.   Most other chrony's have about 99 shot string capability.

It's been very reliable, I would say "bullet-proof", but then I haven't shot it.   Few ERR2 due to missing the rear sensor.

Since Shooting Chrony is gone, if buying today, I would get the Pro Chrony Digital because of its external interface.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2021, 10:35:25 AM »
For the ProChrono Digital....
You don't need to buy the one with onboard Bluetooth.... this is what is on mine..... works great.
http://www.competitionelectronics.com/product/bluetooth-adapter/


Edit:.... I know see the adaptor is discontinued.... sorry for the mis info.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2021, 11:56:12 AM »
I have a China clamp-on and a ProChrona Pal and 2 Caldwell Kits.
I like the China clamp-on best for airguns inside my home.
Im using a clampon from China and it was gift from a GTA member. Works awesome and gives meters per second, easy enough to convert.

If you need it for a spreadsheet then there are probably options that will just make a file for you and it'll be right on a phone or laptop.

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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2021, 12:38:25 PM »
Got the Caldwell G2 for Christmas, the one with the lights on the bottom and the electronics on top.  Works perfectly, Bluetooth is effortless, holds a charge for a long time.  Just shoot away and the numbers show up on the phone it is quite nice.
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Re: What chronograph did you buy and why that one please?
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2021, 01:00:18 PM »
Got the Caldwell G2 for Christmas, the one with the lights on the bottom and the electronics on top.  Works perfectly, Bluetooth is effortless, holds a charge for a long time.  Just shoot away and the numbers show up on the phone it is quite nice.

Thanks for the Chrony Mr.P!!!!!!!