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31164Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Use of optical aids on the archery range

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  • Chris Ivins
    Jun 1, 2012
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      M'Lords and Ladies,

      I am relatively new (within the last year) to archery, so forgive any ignorance or naivety on my part, but occasionally I will use a set of binoculars during our practices to help call where an arrow hits at the longer distances so that a fellow archer can refine their aim point, but I do not ever intend to use them for that purpose at an event.
      Also, I am sure some of the Kingdoms will have different guidelines on marks on the bow limbs, but in the An Tir Book of Target, it states,
      "i. Sighting and/or range marks on the limbs or riser are allowed, except in Divisions or competitions that exclude their use."
      In my own practice, I have considered adding tape with simple "hash marks" to figure out the best aim points for the different distances on Royal Rounds, but by using tape, I intend to remove them for ANY event /competition I enter, the marks will be used only for practice, and only to get used to aiming with the loaner bow I am using.

      -Respectfully, and In Service,
                                                        Lord Iurii Levchenich
                                                        Junior Target Archery Marshal-In-Training

      --- On Fri, 6/1/12, James Koch <alchem@...> wrote:

      From: James Koch <alchem@...>
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Use of optical aids on the archery range
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Friday, June 1, 2012, 7:40 PM

      Gentlemen & Ladies,
      Define optical aids.  Binoculars, telescopes, spotting scopes, and
      some range finders utilize lenses not available until after the SCA
      period.  They are for our intents and purposes modern.  On the other
      hand, some range finders do not require a lens.  A guy who used to be
      an active shooter here in the Midrealm had marks on the limbs of his
      crossbow that indicated a standard height or width when viewed at
      various distances.  He would look at the target with both eyes open
      and could accurately judge the range if he knew one of the target's
      dimensions.  There were no "optics" involved other than those of his
      eyes.  He simply compared the known target dimension to the spacing
      between the marks to get the approximate range and then
      interpolated.  It's hard to describe, but easy to do.  Of course this
      series of marks was only useful when dealing with unknown ranges.
      Jim Koch "Gladius The Alchemist"     


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