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    Wind metering at distance

    Has anyone tried building a wind meter that works remotely, along the lines of the home weather stations , but with bigger distance (say 1km) between the sensor and the readout?
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    Pengy they are called wind flags if you are on a budget, anything more complicated and I have no clue. However there is work being done using drones for the military and gear that can see the movement of dust particles in the air to build wind models I would imagine it will be a while before us mortals can afford this type of gear. In the USA you can use apps that take wind speed and direction and overlay it on your topography building a sort of 3D wind model showing how it moves around ground features.

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    The technology has actually been around for a while Pengy. Itís put out by the Jackass manufacturing company (thereís a branch in NZ) and the model you require is the Gofor version

    You affix the special wind direction tapes to the Gofor, and whoever is wearing it strides out and stands as close as possible to the target for the most accurate readings......

    Obviously the Gofor needs to be (told to be) moved away a little from the target if a .50BMG is in use (it damages the tapes, requiring replacement), and particularly if magnum rounds are being shot at tin, the dancing around is an added entertainment bonus
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    Thanks for the superb input
    Flags are already in use on the range in question, but the topography makes things a bit interesting. A Kestrel gives wind speed and direction at the bench, and flags help with direction at the gongs, but are apparently tricky to read speed from.
    I thought maybe there might be a wifi enabled wind meter that could be installed and then use cell phone to get details . Just a thought.
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    The whole point of having a range is to practise. Look at things effected by wind and make notes. Shoot at targets and adjust if you miss, take notes. If you are not confident in a hunting situation if there is wind, get closer, no notes required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    The whole point of having a range is to practise. Look at things effected by wind and make notes. Shoot at targets and adjust if you miss, take notes. If you are not confident in a hunting situation if there is wind, get closer, no notes required.
    I hear you @Gibo. I am not the one doing the shooting in this case, and I would say that the guy that I was spotting for when this subject arose is slightly better than average.
    Just thinking aloud really, as to how technology may be of use
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiB View Post
    The technology has actually been around for a while Pengy. It’s put out by the Jackass manufacturing company (there’s a branch in NZ) and the model you require is the Gofor version

    You affix the special wind direction tapes to the Gofor, and whoever is wearing it strides out and stands as close as possible to the target for the most accurate readings......

    Obviously the Gofor needs to be (told to be) moved away a little from the target if a .50BMG is in use (it damages the tapes, requiring replacement), and particularly if magnum rounds are being shot at tin, the dancing around is an added entertainment bonus
    Its merely an upgrade of the wind system developed by the ACME corporation in the 70s
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    nzfubz has made a remote camera system for looking at targets. He might be able to come up with something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stug View Post
    nzfubz has made a remote camera system for looking at targets. He might be able to come up with something.
    Haven't used it for that reason yet but the old drone will come in handy for LR stuff.

    Been using it the last week or so to scout salmon holes and duck camps.
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    send a smokey skyrocket down range.

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    Shoot animals only after observing their smoke drift.

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    Have thought about this as my range has wind from different directions due to gully's I shoot across and in. The only solution I came up with but haven't tried was using some sort of flags that are weighted in some way and then check beside them to see what strength wind it takes to move them. Obviously there's other ways like a wind arm that moves up with with wind strength that you can calibrate and see from your shooting position. Just some ideas without having a heap of complicated battery stuff that's flat when I want it.
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    way too complex a problem to solve with simplistic solutions.

    most long range shooting over varied terrain involves a flight path much higher than your average flag pole. even if you had flag poles at the correct height every 200 yards toward your target, it is not always easy to judge angular changes by looking at flags - ask any fullbore shooter

    best solution would be a split view, face on to see the strength, and from the top to see the angle.

    in 20 years time you would probably deploy your own personal swarm of nano drones, and they would give you prescise wx readings along the flight path, with a calculated firing solution...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cordite View Post
    Shoot animals only after observing their smoke drift.

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    Nobody mentioned shooting animals. That is just cruel and nasty and should be avoided at all cost
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    Saving them from a painful lingering death from cancer caused by those ciggies they all smoke isnt cruel its humane.
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