Nikon Aculon Rangefinder Review

The build quality is better and looks quite durable. The moment you take a look at the Nikon Aculon rangefinder, you want to go out and take a look at your birds or that deer you always watch from a distance. It is very portable to the extent that you can just put it in your pockets and run around the woods searching for a perfect spot.

Nikon 8397 ACULON AL11 Laser Rangefinder


How accurate is this rangefinder


The Nikon aculon optics are for high quality and they give clear and bright images. The wider angle and clear definition of images makes the images pleasant to watch. The multi-layer coating helps to maintain higher light transmission through the whole visible light spectrum. It helps in avoiding loss of enough lighting and you can easily spot small targets. The 6x magnification gives adequate magnification to identify smaller targets at long range. They are secured as they are coated in nice rubberized texture and a bit armored.  

Overall performance

Since they are not waterproof, you can use them in low rains but at a reduced distance. They are so bright that even in low light areas they look brighter. The view is bright and clear.

Measurement range

It measures a range of 550 yards which is standard but not long enough for long distance hunters. It is considered as the best rangefinder that focuses better in close distance. It struggles to lock onto small targets further than 100yards. This is a bit below the standard. It can perfectly work for deer hunting. It can work for birdwatching since it works well for minimum focal distance. It also works perfectly for large reflective objects. 

Tips on how to get the best out of it

I believe that if the Nikon Aculon rangefinder had the angle compensation feature it was going to be perfect. The LED backlighting would have done wonders to its performance since the LCD display screen is black. This already makes visibility hard to acquire. 

Power Source

It is powered by the common CR2 lithium battery. They are rechargeable, easy to replace and reliable.


The Nikon Aculon is very small and light in weight. The CR2 battery it contains is also light. It has a belt loop but does not come with a strap. It has comfortable straps. The rangefinder can easily fit in a shirt pocket. 

Ease of use

It is easy and simple to use. The single-operation makes it convenient and easy to use. Any hunter can use it because it does not come with many buttons to operate. Too many buttons might be confusing to first-time users or even professional hunters might take time to study the rangefinder. Just with a push of a single button, you get a distance measurement. With the use of a single button, how then do you get to measure the distance of a moving deer? 

You have to hold the button for up to 20seconds to get a continuous reading of distance from a moving deer. Just like some rangefinders, after 8 seconds of inactivity, the device automatically turns itself off. This saves power. However, turning it off (automatically) and on might be a bit inconvenient because you cannot stay hands-on with the rangefinder, at the same time you might be focusing on something else then it just goes off. It works well for hunters who wear glasses due to an eye relief design which provides a complete view of the field. 

How it functions

It also has the Distant Target Priority Mode (DTPM) that makes sure there are no obstructions in reaching, viewing and aiming the target. These obstructions include grass, trees and bushes. No matter how hidden the target is, accuracy is guaranteed.


It is made up of the durable rubberized coating which provides protection from bumps and small drops. This provides a secure grip as well so that you chances are very low that you can drop the device.



  • Extremely accurate
  • Compact
  • Excellent optics quality
  • Easy and simple to use
  • Brighter in low light areas


  • Easily shakes
  • Difficult to lock onto small objects beyond 100yards
  • Display deactivates a bit too quickly
  • Not waterproof

I deeply recommend it for casual hunters or rather hunters who take hunting as a hobby. Give it a rating out of 5. I recommend hunters, golfers and athletes to use it. It can be perfectly useful for early morning hunts due to its brightness. It works better in leisure than hunting.

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