Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics Available in: Black, Tan or Olive: $609 With LiNK in Black, Tan or Olive: $709 (Vane Mount NOT included) The new Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics which has been known as the Kestrel 5700, is an updated version from the Discontinued Kestrel 4500 Applied Ballistics Meter in November of 2015. That being said… functionally, you’re not getting more environmental or ballistic features. So don’t feel the wish to upgrade unless you find the other exciting changes necessary. What’s new with the Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics over the previous Kestrel 4500 Applied Ballistics series: Bluetooth LINK to Smartphones / Mobiel / Android / IOS Takes 1 AA battery (instead of 2 AAA) Battery door is in the back, sealed away from the motherboard, must your battery leak as was common with all of the 4000 series Improved high resolution screen for any lighting (even sunlight) and easy on your eyes. Intuitive user-interface screen navigation Multiple Languages: English, French, German, Spanish Scratch and breakage-resistant window All meters include both options of Red (NV – Night Vision) & White backlights. Relatively bigger, not actually noticeable difference. Fits same cases. If you select the Bluetooth Kestrel LINK model, you will want to download the Kestrel LiNK Ballistics app to your smart phone to load your guns / ammo to the meter. The new Kestrel Meters with Bluetooth include the software necessary to communicate wirelessly at a range of up to 100 feet with a clear line of site (walls or obstacles will effect this range). Do I need a Dongle or Cable? There is a free app for both Andoird and iPhone for the Ballistic Profile Loader. This is what you use to load your Gun/Ammo combinations to the Kestrel. You’ll be able to NOT load your gun profiles from the Dongle. The Kestrel 5000 USB cable is an option. This is most common to use with multiple meters. Example being, you wish to have 20 AB meters, and you need to save money by not purchasing the LINK meters. You’ll want to get 20 non LINK meters, with just 1 cable and load up your whole meters with the Mac/PC version of the Profile Loader. All 5000 series meters will have both a bright green backlight, which is great for even high sunlight conditions, and a night-vision preserving backlight. The red night vision (NV) backlight incorporates optical filter to reduce overall brightness and minimize blue and green spectrum light to preserve night vision. (Note: This ‘night vision’ is not compatible with night-vision equipment.) Basically, with the red backlight, your eyes don’t wish to adjust when looking from your meter to the horizon in night time use. This Kestrel 5500 with Kestrel LINK will work at the side of compatible range finders like the new Bushnell Elite 1 Mile CONX range finder you’ve been reading about. It is going to also work with many other apps in the marketplace for ballistics and weather functions. It’s the most well liked for ballistic applications as a result of the compass with crosswind functions. The Kestrel applied ballistics meter combines sophisticated environmental sensing features with long-range shooting ballistics information in one hand-held device. The built in Applied Ballistics software provides the entire following: The accurate and trusted ‘Litz’ library of G1 and G7 referenced Ballistic Coefficients (BC’s). Custom drag curve modeling; helpful in engaging targets beyond the supersonic range of the bullet. Ballistic Calibration (truing) feature means that you can ‘train’ the solver based on actual bullet affect. PC Loader software; build firearm profiles on your computer and transfer them via wire or Bluetooth The Kestrel Shooter’s Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics Technology measures up to 15 environmental parameters and allows users to choose from either G1 or G7 ballistic coefficients (BC) when calculating a trajectory at the range. The handy, portable meter also offers the “Litz” measured BC library of over 225 bullets, which is thought of as to be the most extensive source of measured data for modern small arms bullets. Users can also train the Kestrel Shooters Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics software to match a specific rifle based on observed impacts at long range with the ballistics calibration feature, which offers even more accurate data points for users to rely on. With easy access to more accurate BC data, shooters have everything they wish to make a much more precise trajectory calculation in a compact and durable Kestrel meter design. The Kestrel Shooter’s Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics allows users to choose either G1 or G7 ballistic coefficients, or to be even more specific and select from an entire library of Applied Ballistics Custom Curves for more than 200 common long-range bullets. Please note that access to the full Applied Ballistics Custom Curve library REQUIRES the Applied Ballistics Profile Loader via the Cable, or loaded from you smartphone, free from the App Store or Google Play. For full gun and bullet profile customization and backup, we recommend our customers purchase the unit with Bluetooth wireless data transfer for ease of use and functionality. Books / DVD Read up Books or watch the DVD’s by Bryan Litz of Applied Ballistics and the Litz Library. Books include Applied Ballistics: Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting: A Practical Guide for Riflemen, and Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting. Kestrel With Applied Ballistics and Bluetooth Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics with integrated Bluetooth® technology offer the ultimate in portable and accurate environmental data. Now, both real-time and logged data can be transferred wirelessly and automatically to a MAC/PC, or Smartphone. Yes, even iPhone. Making a Kestrel Shooter’s Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics and Bluetooth® technology the perfect tool for virtually any job that requires quick and reliable data. Do I actually need the Bluetooth (or USB Cable)? You’ll be able to enter your whole data manually aside from for custom curves. There are several custom curves preloaded, but if you need a different one, you need to download it from your phone. You’ll be able to load up to 16 guns, one bullet each. In the case where you have multiple ammo types for a given rifle, you need to enter a whole new gun for each ammo type. What’s the difference between the Applied Ballistics and the Horus version? The main differences between the two models is The Applied Ballistics model has a different truing application with drop scale factor, it has bullet length as a standard gun input (used to calculate spin Flow) offers +- angle input and has the ability to use G1,G7 and custom drag profiles. The unit comes Pre loaded with 7 custom curves, and the Gun loader will have over 100 custom drag profiles to use. How do I use the Kestrel 5700 Elite Applied Ballistic meter? Please see this simple manual explaining how it works. Applied Ballistics: Custom Drag Curves G1 and G7 improve Better PC application for ease of building library Crosswind Jump: truing in winds without it can give you an errant MV If you calibrate in one environment and move to a drastically different environment, the device will adjust automatically Able to export the windage, elevation, wind speed via BT to an external device Horus: Can build custom drag curves, but user needs to do it on their own G1 improve only Widely used in militaries around the world Many people are trained on it and used to the way the system operates Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics Features Employs the Applied Ballistics bullet library of custom drag models, an exact measurement of your bullet’s drag profile plus corrections for Aerodynamic Jump, Spin Flow, Coriolis, and Drop Scale Factoring to achieve accurate extended long-range shots. Expanded features include a customizable Range Card, and an expanded Ballistics Data Table as well as storage for up to 16 gun and bullet profiles and 5 saved targets. Calculate accurate fire regulate solutions for long range rifle shooting. Select either G1 or G7 ballistic coefficient when calculating a trajectory. Get ballistic coefficient data for more than 225 long range bullets. The AB Kestrel comes with a large number of pre-loaded drag models, but not entire gun/ammo profiles. In other words you need to build your gun profile, but You’ll be able to choose between the list of bullets when modeling your ammo. Measure up to 15 environmental parameters at your fingertips. “Train” the software to match your specific rifle based on observed impacts at long range Calculates and adjusts for gyroscopic spin Flow and Coriolis effect Adjust for angle Wind speed/air velocity Temperature Wind chill Relative humidity Heat stress index Dewpoint temp Wet bulb temp Barometric pressure Altitude Density altitude Wind direction Crosswind Headwind/Tailwind Pressure trend Models & SKUs: Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (Black): 0857ABLK Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (Olive): 0857AOLV Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics (Tan): 0857ATAN Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Black): 0857ALBLK Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Olive): 0857ALOLV Kestrel 5700 Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics and LiNK (Tan): 0857ALTAN *We ship every Kestrel 5000 Series Meter exclusively with Made in the USA Energizer® Brand Ultimate Lithium AA batteries for improved reliability, capacity, cold-weather performance and weight. We strongly recommend that you use only Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries in your Kestrel Meter. If you choose to install alkaline batteries, we recommend that you do NOT store your Kestrel with these batteries installed, and that you check your batteries for leakage and corrosion a minimum of every 30 days. Damage as a result of leaking alkaline batteries is not covered under warranty.