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INSTRUCTION MANUAL
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CAUTION
Your Kestrel Ballistics Weather Meter is designed to provide accurate measurement
of current conditions only. Depending on your location and environment,
conditions may change rapidly.
Rapid temperature and humidity changes (i.e., moving your meter from indoors to outdoors) may cause inaccurate readings of
temperature and humidity as well as all readings that rely on either of these values. Before relying on a Kestrel Ballistics Weather
Meter readings, use care to either a) force air flow over the sensors by waving or slinging your meter through the air; or b) wait
until your unit’s readings have stabilized, indicating it has equilibrated to its new environment.
To maximize the accuracy and reliability of your readings:
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Ensure that your Kestrel Ballistics Weather Meter is in good repair and within factory calibration.
Take readings frequently and carefully according to the guidelines above.
Allow your meter’s readings to stabilize after significant changes in temperature or humidity (i.e., changing location
from indoors to outdoors).
Allow a margin of safety for changing conditions and reading errors (2-3% of reading is recommended).
Use extra care and good judgment when referring to your Kestrel Ballistics Weather Meter to make
any decisions regarding safety, health or property protection.
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OVERVIEW
Features & Options............................................... 4
Getting to Know Your Kestrel............................. 5
Battery Installation............................................... 6
Compass Calibration and Setup........................ 7
Barometric Pressure & Altitude Setup.............. 9
HORUS MODE
WEATHER MODE
Setup and Options............................................... 22
Screen Navigation................................................ 24
Impeller Replacement......................................... 25
Glossary of Terms................................................. 26
Ballistic & Environmental Quick Ref.................. 26
Basic Navigation and Getting Started.............. 10
Full Range Card Data Sample............................. 28
Gun Selection........................................................ 11
Specifications........................................................ 30
Gun Library & Information Screen.................... 12
Choosing & Using Batteries................................ 32
Target Screen......................................................... 14
Warranty................................................................. 34
Environment Screen............................................ 16
Range Card Screen............................................... 17
Ballistics Screen.................................................... 18
ATRAG Signature Feature: True Drop................ 18
Bluetooth Setup.................................................... 20
Quick Keys.............................................................. 21
*for BLUETOOTH®-enabled models ONLY
NK, manufacturer of Kestrel brand Ballistics Weather Meters
is available to answer questions and provide support.
Contact NK by phone: 610.447.1555; fax: 610.447.1577;
email: info@NKhome.com; or web: NKhome.com
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Features & Options
Measurement/ Units of Measure
4500 w/Horus
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Data Storage Points
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BLUETOOTH®
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Wind Direction (Cardinal Points, Degrees)
Wind Speed | Air Speed (mph | fpm | Bft | m/s | km/h | kt)
Crosswind Calculation (mph | fpm | Bft | m/s | km/h | kt)
Headwind | Tailwind (mph | fpm | Bft | m/s | km/h | kt)
Temperature* (˚F | ˚C)
Wind Chill (˚F | ˚C)
Relative Humidity (Gpp | G/kg)
Heat Stress Index (˚F | ˚C)
Dewpoint Temp (˚F | ˚C)
Wet Bulb Temp (˚F | ˚C)
Barometric Pressure (inHg | hPA | psi | mb)
Altitude, m | ft
Density Altitude, m | ft
Pressure Trend
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Standard
Icon
NV Backlight
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| Optional
Getting to know your kestrel
BACK
FRONT
REPLACEABLE
IMPELLER
AMBIENT
TEMPERATURE
SENSOR
HUMIDITY
SENSOR
SERIAL NUMBER
MANUAL
MEMORY
BUTTON
BACKLIGHT
BUTTON
NAVIGATION
BUTTONS
DATA UPLOAD
OPTICAL COUPLER
WIDE RANGE
PRESSURE
SENSOR
AAA BATTERIES (2)
(Lithium recommended)
POWER / SETUP
BUTTON
STABILIZING
BATTERY
ORIENTATION SHIM
SELECT / EXIT
BUTTON
Even when the Kestrel display is off, the unit will still automatically collect and store data at the defined rate (see “Memory
Options” ). To completely power down the unit, you must
remove the batteries (and lose time / date and other settings)
* All Kestrel Meters with
temperature measurement
allow you to measure air,
water and snow temperature.
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BATTERY INSTALLATION
• Insert batteries into bottom of
Kestrel unit as shown on battery
door.
• Snap door closed.
Turning ON and OFF
• Press to turn on the meter.
• Hold for 3 seconds to turn off
the meter.
You can also select “Off” on the
Main Setup Menu options.
Date & Time
• Press to enter the Main Setup
Menu.
• Use
or
to highlight Date
& Time.
• Press
to enter the Date & Time
Screen.
• Press or to change each value.
KESTREL 4500:
AAA batteries have a magnetic signature strong
enough to affect the Kestrel 4500’s compass
readings. Please follow this extra step to ensure
the batteries stay in proper orientation.
Before closing the door, push the plastic shim
(provided with unit) between batteries and place
clear ring on end over positive battery “bump.”
hen replacing batteries in the Kestrel 4500, always keep
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the shim and re-insert with new batteries as described.
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COMPASS CALIBRATION AND SETUP
In addition to Wind Speed and Wind Chill, the Kestrel
with Horus Atrag Software also measures Direction,
Headwind/Tailwind and Crosswind.
Digital Compass Calibration
T he Kestrel meter's digital compass must be calibrated
to correct for the AAA batteries’ magnetic field. It must
be re-calibrated every time the battery door is opened,
and it will not display or log any direction values until
calibration is complete.
**Impeller should be removed during calibration for best
results.
• Remove the impeller by pressing the edges to pop it out
(reinsert after calibration is complete).
To Calibrate:
or
to highlight
• In Main Setup Menu, use
.
“System”, then press
to highlight “Compass Cal”, then press
.
• Press
Follow the prompts on screen:
to start.
• Press
• Slowly spin the upright meter around three (3) full times.
• Each rotation should take approximately 10 seconds.
• When calibration is finished, the screen will read
“Cal Complete”.
• Press to exit to Main Menu.
compass; the Kestrel meter readings should be within
±5° of the reference compass or better. If readings appear
incorrect, simply run the calibration routine again.
Unit should be held vertically with the back facing the
direction being measured.
Calibration Error Messages
There are three error messages that the meter may
display during calibration. Press to exit the error
screen and run the calibration again.
• M
agnetic Batteries: The magnetic field of the Kestrel’s
batteries is interfering with calibration. Try opening
the battery door, rotate one or both batteries, and run
the calibration again. If
error persists, try using a
different brand of battery.
• Too Slow: The unit was
spun too slowly during
calibration.
• Too Fast: The unit was
spun too quickly during
calibration.
Figure 1
3x
To verify the digital compass’ accuracy, test it against a
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COMPASS CALIBRATION AND SETUP (CONT.)
Measuring Direction
T he Kestrel 4500’s digital compass must be vertical to
achieve accurate readings. Keep the unit positioned as
close to vertical as possible when using any compassrelated feature. After opening the battery door, you
must re-run the calibration routine or readings will not
register. For maximum accuracy, the impeller should be
spinning while measuring to eliminate its magnetic pull.
True North vs. Magnetic North Readings
The Kestrel 4500's default Direction display mode is
Magnetic North.
To view Direction in True North mode:
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• Go to weather mode in the Direction screen, press • Use or to choose your mode.
to highlight “Varia• If you choose True North, use tion”, then use or to input the Variation for your
location.
To measure Direction:
• Hold the unit vertically and point the BACK of the unit
toward the direction you want to measure.
• The unit will display the cardinal direction and degrees.
T he Direction measurement does not record Max and
Average and will display N/A on that mode screen.
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Measuring Headwind/Tailwind & Crosswind
The Kestrel 4500 automatically calculates Headwind and
Crosswind with respect to a runway or target direction.
You must first set the “Heading” to view these measurements:
while on the Headwind or Crosswind screen.
• Press
or
to choose “Auto Set” or “Manual Set”,
• Use
.
then press
In Auto Set: Point the unit down the runway or target,
to automatically set the heading.
then press In Manual Set: Use or to enter the known runway
to save.
or target heading, and press
oth screens will always display the Magnetic North
B
heading at the top (even if the Direction screen is set to
True North mode).
• After setting the heading, scroll to the desired
parameter and orient the Kestrel so the wind blows
directly through the impeller.
Info for Wind Speed & Direction of fire for ballistic
solutions can be found on pg 16.
BAROMETRIC PRESSURE & ALTITUDE SETUP
Setting Barometric Pressure & Altitude
The Kestrel meter measures “station pressure”, which
changes in response to both changes in altitude and
changes in atmosphere. Barometric pressure is a
measurement of the air pressure adjusted to sea level.
Station pressure is displayed if the reference altitude is set
to zero. This is needed for ballistics solutions as well.
Be sure to adjust your reference measurements for
altitude and/or barometric pressure when you change
your location or when there have been dramatic changes
in weather conditions.
Obtaining Station Pressure
• In the Main Setup Menu, use
or
to highlight
“Weather Mode”, then press
.
• Use
or
to scroll to highlight the “BARO” screen
• Press
to enter the “REF BARO” screen
• Set the reference altitude to zero for station pressure. Set
it to your current altitude if you want barometric pressure
Baro—Displays current Barometric Pressure
Ref Alt—Use or to set the known Altitude
Sync Alt—Use or to switch “On” and sync the Baro
reading to the “Altitude” screen
When “Sync Alt” is turned “On,” the current
“ Density Altitude” screen data is calculated from the
absolute values of station pressure, relative humidity and
temp., and is not affected by the reference values entered
in the “Baro” and “Altitude” screens.
Barometric Pressure data is automatically used as a
reference for Altitude, and both screens will show
accurate readings.
REF ALT
Alt
Ref. Baro
Sync Baro
REF BARO
877
30.97
On
adjust exit
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syn
Baro
Ref. Alt
Sync Alt
877
adjust exit
Setting Altitude
• In the Main Setup Menu, use
or
to highlight
“Weather Mode”, then press
.
• Use
or
to highlight the “Baro” screen
• Press
to enter the “REF ALT” screen
• Set the reference altitude to your current altitude.
When “Sync Baro” is turned “On,” the current Altitude
data is automatically used as a reference for Barometric
Pressure, and both screens will show accurate readings.
REF BARO
Baro
Ref. Alt
Sync Alt
adjust REF ALT
30.15
115
On
exit
s
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syn
Alt
Ref. Baro
Sync Baro
adjust 30.15
exit
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BASIC NAVIGATION & GETTING STARTED
THE KESTREL HAS SEVEN NAVIGATION KEYS:
Capture Up-Arrow
Backlight
screen. Press
twice in rapid succession to instantly
change between Weather mode and Horus mode.
Any changes in information are automatically saved
upon exiting the current screen.
Getting started with Horus Mode
The three main data input groups are gun, target
and environment. The aiming solutions for Elevation,
Windage and Coriolis are displayed on the Main Horus
screen.
1. Gun Information 2. Target
Right-Arrow
Left-Arrow
Power On/
Escape Key
Down-Arrow
Center Key
Quick Tips:
Your Shooter's Weather Meter with Horus Atrag can
operate in Weather mode or Horus mode. For instructions
related to Weather Mode, see page 23.
Compass must be calibrated in order for directional
features to work in Horus mode. Compass calibration can
be done from the main menu screen. See page 7.
Pressing will allow you to exit out of a particular screen.
When a ballistics parameter is underlined, this indicates
that the value cannot be changed manually on the
current screen. This is either because it is a calculated
value or determined by the sensors. Press and hold for
2 seconds to power down the Kestrel regardless of current
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BC
BW
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RT
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175gr
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100m
2.75in
11.25in
Right
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n/a
mil
n/a
TARGET
Active
Yes
TR
1000
DoF
000º
Ideg
0˚
Icos
1.000º
TS
0mph
TD
L-R
WD
12oc
WS1
5mph
WS2
10mph
Acc1st
A box indicates amount of
data shown on display.
Data below box indicates
additional information
available by pressing
.
*Note: Please see p. 28 for
abbreviation glossary.
GUN SELECTION
3. Environment
EnVIROnMEnT
No
Lat
Temp
42˚
75˚F
SP
29.48inHg
RH
50%
To Choose a Preconfigured Gun:
These three main data groups
determine an accurate firing
solution. The first step in getting a
firing solution is selecting your gun.
Gun Selection
The Gun Selection screen allows you
to choose a preconfigured gun or
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build your own. You may create and
store up to 59 guns. A user-created gun is defined as a
gun that has been modified for one or more parameter
values of the New Gun or any of the preconfigured guns.
A preconfigured gun is any gun preloaded onto the
Kestrel or loaded using the HK Gun Loader software.
When a New Gun is modified, the name instantly
changes to UserGunX (where X is a number suffix to
ensure the name is unique). If a preconfigured gun
(whose name ends in a letter) is modified, a number
will appear at the end to create a unique name. If a
preconfigured gun (whose name ends in a number)
is modified, a letter will appear at the end to create a
unique name.
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Yes
• Turn on the unit. From the Main Horus screen, press to access the Main Setup Menu.
•
exit
Press
to highlight “Gun
Selection.”
• Press
to enter Gun
Selection Screen. Here, you
may choose a preconfigured
gun or build your own.
• Press
or
to scroll through the different guns.
• Press to turn your selected gun “on” or “off.” “On”
means the gun is available to be selected in Horus
mode. “Off” means the gun is not available to be
selected. For example, setting multiple guns to “On”
allows you to quickly switch gun configurations
without going back to the Main Setup Menu.
Gun select
11 • Pressing
on a gun gives you
the option to edit or delete this
Laru308
gun.
User Gun2
User Gun
300WinMag2
To Build A Gun:
You can build and name your gun
on the gun selection screen.
to highlight New Gun and press
.
• Use
• This will take you to the gun information screen
where you may adjust all gun parameters. Press up or
down to highlight the gun parameters.
• Use and to adjust each
Gun select
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value.
• To name your gun, scroll up to
MaruGun308
highlight “Gun” and press
.
AR15a
300WinMag1
• You will see a cursor appear
New Gun
under the first letter of New
Gun.
• Use the
and
buttons
GUn
new Gun
to scroll through the alphabet
MV
2900fps
and numbers 0-9 and several
BC
0.533
symbols. Pressing inserts a
BW
190gr
space between characters. You
can choose between upper and
lowercase letters.
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GUN LIBRARY & information SCREEN
• Once you’re on the desired letter, use
to move the cursor to the next space in the gun name.
Continue until the gun name is complete.
• When gun name is complete, press
button to
save. (Gun will also automatically save upon
exiting screen.)
• Press to exit from the current screen.
Gun Library
There is room in the Kestrel for up to 59 guns. Several
library guns are pre-programmed in each Kestrel, but
this can be modified by building a new gun library on
a computer using the Horus Gun Library software, and
downloading the new gun library to the Kestrel (either
via Bluetooth connection or the Kestrel wired interface).
Downloading a new gun library will automatically
overwrite the previous guns in the Kestrel (but not any
user-created guns).
*Note: You should upload any user-created guns to the HK
Gun Loader software that you want to save before downloading new guns. The new guns will overwrite current
stored Kestrel guns.
Gun Information Screen
Once you have selected your gun, you’re now ready
to enter or modify all relevant parameters pertaining
to the set-up of your rifle. These parameters include
muzzle velocity, drag curve, ballistic coefficient, bullet
weight, bullet diameter, zero range, zero height, zero
offset, bore height, rifle twist, rifle twist direction and
sight adjustment (click).
• On the Gun Information screen, use buttons to
highlight the gun parameters.
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• Use and to adjust the value.
• Press
to enter the highlighted parameter’s screen. Here you are also able to adjust the
parameter’s value as well as the unit of measure.
(For example, meters per second to feet per second.)
• Press to exit to Main Horus screen once all values are
correct.
See below for more information on Muzzle Velocity, and
Ballistic Coefficient.
Muzzle Velocity
• Use
and
to highlight “MV.”
• Press
to enter MV screen.
• Use and to adjust the value.
Notes on Muzzle Velocity
• When a bullet is in the transonic range, a small dot will appear to the left of the muzzle velocity value
(figure 1).
• When a bullet is in the subsonic range, a larger dot will appear to the left of the muzzle velocity value
(figure 2).
GUn
MV
BC
BW
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GUn
laru308
MV
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175gr
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0.470
Figure 2
• In cases where the bullet is supersonic, there are no dots
next to the muzzle velocity value.
GUN LIBRARY & information SCREEN
MV-Temp Table
This allows you to enter and maintain a table of muzzle
velocities based on temperature. If an entry is input
into the table, the muzzle velocity is applied at all
temperatures (this means that the value is then locked
and cannot be altered by using and
on the gun
information screen). If two or more entries are input into
the table, the Kestrel uses the linear interpolation and
the temperature sensor to determine the appropriate
muzzle velocity. (Note: this value will only change if
the temperature changes and you exit and re-enter
the gun information screen; once a muzzle velocity
value is entered for a particular temperature, you can
not make another muzzle velocity value for the same
temperature.)
• To access MV-Temp table, scroll to MV (Muzzle Velocity) to highlight it and press
, then use to scroll to MV-Temp and press
to enter.
• Press
while “New entry” is Muzzle velocity
highlighted
to
enter
the Table
MV
2900fps
Item screen.
feet per sec
• Use
or
to scroll to
MV-Temp
“Temp” and “MV.” Use and
to adjust each value.
• To clear a Table Item, scroll
down to Clear and
press
.
Table item
•
Press
to exit to return to the
Temp
10ºF
Gun
Information
MV
2900fps
screen.
Clear
GUN INFORMATION SCREEN (Cont.)
BC-Dist Table
This allows you to enter and maintain a table of
ballistic coefficients based on distance. If only one
entry is input into the table, the ballistic coefficient
is applied at all distances (this means that the value
is locked and cannot be altered by using and on
the gun screen). If two or more entries are input into
the table, the Kestrel uses the linear interpolation
and the target range to determine the appropriate
ballistic coefficient. (Note: this value will only change
if the target range changes; once a ballistic coefficient
value is entered for a particular distance, you cannot
make another ballistic coefficient value for the same
distance.)
• To access the BC-Dist table, scroll to BC (Ballistic
, then use
Coefficient) to highlight it and press
to scroll to BC-Dist and press
to enter.
• Use
and
to scroll to any existing
parameters. Use and to
adjust each value.
BC
0.533
• To add a new entry, highlight
“New Entry” and
BC-Dist
press
.
• Use
and
to scroll to
“Dist” and “BC.” Use and to
adjust
each
value.
Table item
• To clear a Table Item, scroll
Dist
0m
down to Clear and
BC
0
press
.
Clear
• Press to exit to return to
the Gun Information screen.
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TARGET SCREEN
Target screen:
You can customize up to five targets for location,
distance, direction, declination and wind.
• From the Main Horus screen, use
or
to
highlight “Tgt” and press
to enter the Target
screen.
• Use
and
to highlight
TARGET
a parameter.
Active
Yes
• Use and to adjust values for
TR
998m
each parameter.
DoF
000º
• Press
to enter the
Ideg
0˚
highlighted parameter’s screen.
Here you are able to adjust the parameter values as well
as the unit of measure. (For example, yards to meters.)
Multiple Targets
• You may create up to five targets (A-E) by
highlighting “Target” and pressing or to move
on to the next target. After changing targets, the
parameters can be changed by repeating the steps
outlined above.
Active
• The “Active” status of Target A defaults to “Yes” because the Kestrel must have at least one active target at all times.
• To make a target active, on the Target screen use
or
to highlight “Active” and use or
to change to “Yes.” To make a target inactive, use
or to change to “No.”
• Setting a target’s “Active” status to “Yes” allows you to view the firing solution for that target on the Main Horus screen.
• If multiple targets are active, you can use or to
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scroll between all active targets (and their respective firing solutions) on the Main Horus screen.
Elevation
E 49.24
W 1.36/3.03
Tgt
Wind
000° 100 m
3oc 5mph
Target A is current
active target.
E 16.58
W 0.68/1.46
R
Windage
HOLD
Tgt
Wind
R
000° 549 m
3oc 5mph
Target B is current
active target.
TARGET SCREEN (CON'T)
Target Range
• Use
or
to highlight “TR.”
• Use and to adjust the value.
Target Range Estimator
This function estimates the range
Range
of a target based on size, image
TR
998m and calculated range.
meters
• When “TR” is highlighted, press
Estimate
button to enter Range screen.
• Use
to highlight “Estimate” and press
to
enter Range Estimate screen.
Use
or
to highlight a parameter.
Use and to adjust values for each parameter.
When all parameters are set, press to escape.
An "Accept" screen will appear, scroll to "Yes" if you
would like to accept values. Use
to select the highlighted option.
•
•
•
•
Wind Direction & Wind Speed
There are two wind speed measurements on the target
screen (WS1 and WS2) for minimum and maximum
wind speed as well as wind direction (WD). You have
the option to manually adjust the
wind speed and wind direction
values or use the capture feature
to automatically get a reading.
Manual mode
• Use
or
to highlight “WD,” “WS1”
or “WS2.”
• Use and to adjust values for each
parameter.
Capture mode
• In the Target screen, press
to enter into either the
“WD,” “WS1” or “WS2” screen.
• Press
to enter into capture mode.
• Face the back of the Kestrel meter directly into the
wind and press
to start and stop the capture
mode. Please ensure Kestrel impeller cover is open.
• The data collected in capture mode will automatically
adjust the “WD,” “WS1,” and “WS2” values in the Target
screen.
*Note: WS1 can never be greater than WS2 value. The
WS2 value will automatically adjust to ensure that this
remains true.
Direction of Fire
Direction of Fire (DoF) is an absolute frame of reference
to true north. The value is the direction the gun barrel
is pointing with respect to the values on a compass.
Direction of Fire can be manually adjusted or obtained
using the ”Capture” feature.
Manual mode
• Use
or
to ensure that “DoF” is highlighted.
• Use and to adjust the value.
Capture mode
• When “DoF” is highlighted, press
to enter the
DoF screen.
• Use
to scroll to “Capture.”
• Press
to enter into the capture mode.
• Face the back of the Kestrel directly toward the target
and press
.
• The data collected in capture mode will automatically
adjust the DoF value in the Target screen.
*Note: Compass must be calibrated in order to capture DoF.
See p. 7 for calibration steps.
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TARGET SCREEN (CON'T)
Inclination Angle
Inclination angle is the angle between the target and
the horizontal as seen by the shooter. This variable is
expressed in the Target screen as “Ideg” or “Icos,” where
Ideg is in degrees, and Icos is the cosine angle. These
can be manually adjusted by highlighting one and using
the and to change the value. Changing one will
automatically change the other appropriately.
Target Speed
• Use
or
to highlight “TS.”
• Use and to adjust the value.
Target Speed Estimator
This function estimates the speed
of a target based on range,
movement, and time.
Estimate
• When “TS” is highlighted, press
button to enter Speed of
Motion screen.
• Use
to highlight “Estimate” and press
to
enter Speed Estimate screen.
• Use
or
to highlight a parameter.
• Use and to adjust values for each parameter.
• When all parameters are set, press to escape.
• An "Accept" screen will appear, scroll to "Yes" if you
would like to accept values. Use
to select the
highlighted option.
Speed of motion
TS
0mph
miles per hour
Target Direction
• Use
to highlight “TD.”
• Use and to adjust “L-R” (left to right) or “R-L”
(right to left).
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EnVIRONMENT SCREEN
Environment Screen:
The Environment screen contains all atmospheric
parameters, such as temperature, station pressure, and
relative humidity. Setting the “Update” parameter to
“Yes” automatically imports the Kestrel’s sensor data
into the Environment screen. The “Update” parameter
can also be set to “No” when it is highlighted by using
or ; while in this setting the temperature (Temp),
station pressure (SP), and relative humidity (RH) can be
manually adjusted.
•Use
or
to highlight a
ENVIRONMENT
parameter.
•Use and to adjust the
No
values for each parameter.
Lat
42˚ N
Temp
SP
75˚ F
29.48inHg
Coriolis will default to “Yes”
unless you manually change it to
“No.” When on the “Yes” setting, the Coriolis is taken into
account for the ballistics solutions.
*Note: station pressure (“SP”) is pressure reading that is unadjusted for sea level. Sometimes, this is mistakenly called
barometric pressure in ballistics software. Barometric
pressure is a pressure reading adjusted for sea level. When
shooting, station pressure is required. Station pressure can
be measured with the Kestrel by setting the reference altitude to zero on the Barometric Pressure screen in weather
mode; although, the ballistics solution will use station
pressure regardless of the altitude settings.
RANGE CARD SCREEN
Range Card Screen
The Range Card screen shows detailed information
about the ballistic solution at various ranges that apply
to the currently selected target and gun. The screen
displays three columns comprised of the Range and
Elevation (in the left two columns) and one other
variable. The other variable that can be displayed is
ballistics solutions based on “Wnd1”; “Wnd2”; “Lead”;
or further information on bullet flight characteristics
such as remaining velocity (“RemV”); remaining energy
(“RemE”); time of flight (“ToF”); and maximum ordinate,
or height above the line of sight to the target (“MaxO”).
Please see Page 29 for a sample Range Card.
• Use
or
to scroll to a particular range.
• Use and to scroll across and view all
available parameters.
RANGE CARD
RANGE CARD
Rng
300
400
500
Rng
300
400
500
Elv
5.50
9.42
14.06
Wnd1
L0.13
L0.19
L0.27
Elv
5.50
9.42
14.06
Note: The Range Card will display range values up to 4000
yards, or the closest equivalent in meters, depending on the
range increment.
Remaining Velocity
• A small dot will appear to the left of the remaining
velocity value to indicate the bullet is in the transonic
range.
• A larger dot will appear to the left of the remaining
velocity value to indicate the bullet is in the subsonic
range.
RANGE CARD
Rng
800
900
1000
RemV
.1272
.1177
.1101
RemE
629
538
471
RemV
1991
1823
1666
Example: "Rng" and "Elv" columns remaining fixed while
third column can be changed.
Range Increment
• Use
while in the Range Card to enter the Range Settings screen.
• Use and to adjust the range increment to the
desired value. You may adjust the increments to show in 10, 20, 25, 50, or 100 units of measure (yards
or meters).
• Press to exit "Range Increment" screen.
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BALLISTICS SCREEN
Ballistics Screen
The Ballistics screen displays complete information
about the ballistic solution that pertains to the currently
selected target and gun. The only parameter whose
value can be altered in this screen is the “Range” (this can
be done by using and to adjust the value).
• Use
or
to scroll to a particular parameter.
• Use
to enter into a parameter screen for further information about it or change unit of
measure.
• Use to return to the Ballistics screen.
Note: An R or an L will appear beside each solution to
indicate which side of the target you should aim.
atrag signature feature : true drop
ATRAG Signature feature
True Drop
In an ideal world, shooters would go into the field
knowing exactly how their chosen combination of
gun and ammunition will perform, calculated ballistic
solutions would always be correct, and a properly
delivered shot would always hit the target. In the real
world, ballistic data is often imperfect, and even well
delivered shots often miss. The best way to deal with
this is to allow ballistic parameters to be adjusted to
reflect what is actually observed. When this is done
correctly, overall accuracy can be significantly enhanced.
The Horus Kestrel includes a Drop Truing screen to
support this valuable function.
• When all parameters are set, press to escape.
• On the Gun screen, use
to highlight the “True
Drop” item.
• Press
to enter the Drop Truing screen.
• In the Drop Truing screen, use
or
to highlight the parameter you wish to change.
• The parameters that can be adjusted are “BC”
(ballistic coefficient), “MV” (muzzle velocity), or “Range.”
• This adjustment is made so that the calculated
elevation correction matches what is actually observed.
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Bluetooth setup
To transfer your Kestrel’s real-time and logged data
wirelessly and automatically to a laptop, PDA or
smartphone (Android only at this time), follow these
setup steps. If you do not have a Bluetooth unit you
will need the PC Interface cable.
Enable the Kestrel’s BLUETOOTH Capability
• Press
to enter the Main Menu.
• Use
or
to highlight “Bluetooth,” then press
.
• Use or to change from “Off/Disabled” to “On/
Ready.”
Set BLUETOOTH Range
In Bluetooth screen:
• Use
or
to highlight “Range”.
• Use and adjust the range to “Low” (3ft),
“Medium” (10ft), or “High” (30ft). NK recommends
using "High".
Obtain your Kestrel BLUETOOTH PIN and ID
For added security, each Kestrel comes with a unique
PIN and ID number to ensure proper pairing.
In the Bluetooth screen:
• Use
to highlight “Info,” then press
to view your
unique ID and PIN.
Pair Your Kestrel with Your Computer
First, make sure your Kestrel unit’s Bluetooth and
your computer's Bluetooth are enabled. Open the
Bluetooth management software on your computer
to add a Bluetooth connection and follow the prompts
to enter the PIN. A COM Port will be assigned in the
communicator software. To understand which COM Port
is being used, please check your computer control panel
settings.*
T his is a general guideline for pairing your Kestrel with
your computer. Individual Bluetooth software programs
and navigation may vary, and some computers do not
come equipped with Bluetooth capability and will need
additional products to communicate via Bluetooth.
* A “Bluetooth Error” screen will appear on the Kestrel if
pairing is unsuccessful.
Please see connecting my Kestrel using Bluetooth on
www.nkhome.com for further information.
Set Up Kestrel Communicator Software
• Go to: www.nkhome.com/support/kestrel-support/
manuals-and-downloads. Download and install the
Kestrel Communicator Software from this link.
•Once installed, the “Kestrel Communicator” icon will
appear on your desktop. Click on the icon and use
the “Help” tab to find full instructions for use.
HORUS Gun Library Software
Several library guns are pre-programmed in each
Kestrel, but this can be modified by building a new gun
library on a Windows based computer using the Horus
Gun Library software, and downloading the new gun
library to the Kestrel (either via Bluetooth connec­tion
or the Kestrel wired interface). You can find the latest
HORUS Gun Library software at the following link:
http://www.nkhome.com/support/kestrel-support/
manuals-and-downloads Please note: Downloading
a new gun library will automatically overwrite the
previous library guns in the Kestrel (but not any usercreated guns).
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quick keys:direction of fire & wind speed
Quick Keys: Direction of Fire & Wind Speed
The Direction of Fire (DoF) and Wind Speed (WS1 &
WS2) Quick Key feature allows you to quickly and easily
change the values of these parameters from the Main
Horus screen without entering into the Target screen.
It minimizes the number of button presses and time by
instantly capturing these values from one screen- the
Main Horus screen.
Direction of Fire Quick Key
• Pressing the
button while Tgt is highlighted will
enter the DoF setting mode.
• The Tgt heading will change to
to indicate the
setting mode.
• The direction will be continuously updated on the
target line.
• Pressing the
button again will capture the
current direction as DoF.
• The Tgt heading will return to its normal state.
Note: If the compass is not calibrated, a new screen will
pop up to alert you that capture won't work until compass
is calibrated.
Wind Speed Quick Key
• Pressing the
button while Wind is highlighted will enter the Wind setting mode.
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• The Wind heading will change to
the setting mode.
to indicate • The moving 5-second average for windage and wind speed will be continuously updated on the wind line.
The Direction of Fire (DoF) and Wind Speed (WS1 &
WS2) Quick Key feature allows you to quickly and easily
change the values of these parameters from the Main
Horus screen without entering into the Target screen.
It minimizes the number of button presses and time by
instantly capturing these values from one screen- the
Main Horus screen.
Direction of Fire Quick Key
• Pressing the
button while Tgt is highlighted will
enter the DoF setting mode.
• The Tgt heading will change to
to indicate the
setting mode.
SETUP & OPTIONS
SETUP & OPTIONS
Main Setup Menu
• When unit is on, press to access the Main Setup Menu
which is used to customize preferences.
• Press
and
to scroll through the options.
• Press
to select the highlighted option.
Date and Time Setup
• After battery installation, the meter will automatically
enter the Date and Time Setting mode.
• Press
and
to scroll to each option.
• Press and to adjust each option.
• Press the button to exit to the Main Setup Menu.
System
Contrast, auto shutdown, and calibrations can be
reconfigured as needed in the System screen.
• Use
or
to highlight one of the following
options:
Contrast
• Press or to increase or decrease the display contrast
from 0 (lightest) to 20 (darkest).
Auto Shutdown
• Press or to set the time at which the display will
automatically shut off after non-use (choose 15 min, 60
min, or Off to de-activate auto shutdown).
attery life will be shortened if the Auto Shutdown is
B
turned to “Off.”
Baro Cal
Recalibration of this sensor is not recommended without
speaking to an NK technician. See “Barometric Pressure
& Altitude Setup” section on page 9 for calibration
instructions.
Humidity Cal
ecalibration of this sensor is not recommended without
R
speaking to an NK technician. Full humidity calibration
instructions are provided with the Kestrel RH Calibration
Kits. The unit may also be returned to NK for calibration. Visit
www.nkhome.com for more information.
Date & Time
• Press to enter the Main Setup Menu.
• Use
or
to highlight Date & Time.
• Press
to enter the Date & Time Screen.
• Press or to change each value.
Language
Display text can be set to 1 of 5 languages: English, French,
German, Italian, and Spanish.
• Press
or
to scroll the desired language.
• Press
to select the highlighted language.
Restore
This menu contains options for global settings of all units
to metric or imperial, and returning the reference values for
the Alt and Baro screens to default (0 ft, 29.92 inHg).
To change units:
or
to scroll to the desired setting and
• Press
press or .
To return the reference values for the Baro and Alt screens
to default:
• Scroll to Defaults and press or .
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SETUP & OPTIONS
Memory Options
or
to scroll to one of these options:
• Press
Clear Log
Reset MMA
Auto Store
Store Rate*
Overwrite
Man Store
GoPress or to clear stored data
(will also clear Min/Max/Avg log).
GoPress or to clear Min/Max/Avg
data
(Chart data will remain intact).
OnPress or to turn “On” (data will
automatically store at Store Rate) or
“Off” (data will only store when manually captured with the button).
1hrPress or to increase or decrease
frequency at which data is stored (from
2 sec - 12 hr).
OnPress or to turn “On” (will discard
oldest data point to capture new
data when log is full) or “Off” (will not
capture new data when log is full).
OnPress or to turn “On” or “Off”
(Off will disable
button).
* When unit is off, data will continue to be stored unless the
2 sec or 5 sec Store Rates have been selected.
Data Storage
To manually store data, press the
button. The screen
will confirm data storage status.
• Data Stored: verifies that data was captured and will
appear on chart.
• Full: indicates overwrite is off and data log is full.
• Off: indicates that the Manual Store button has been
disabled.
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See Main Setup Menu for more information on memory.
Measurements
Use this setup to “hide” unwanted Measurement screens
from the normal Measurement navigation.
or
to scroll to the desired Measurement
• Use
screen.
• Press or to turn screen “On” and “Off”.
T he Kestrel Meter will continue to log data for hidden
measurements. To view logged data of the hidden
measurement, go to Measurement setup, select the
Measurement screen you want to view, and turn it back
“On.”
When the Kestrel is in Chart mode, the upper and lower
limits of the graph scale may need to be adjusted to fully
view all data points. You can customize these value limits
using the Graph Scale setup.
• Press
or
to scroll to the Measurement you want
to adjust, then press
.
• In the new screen, use
or
to highlight “Set High”
or “Set Low”.
• Press or to adjust the value limit of your
chosen option.
Units
This setup option lets you select units of measure to best
suit your application.
• Use
or
to scroll to each measurement.
• Press or to change the unit of measurement.
User Screens
The Kestrel allows you to set up to 3 customized User
Screens that will display 3 current Measurement values
SETUP & OPTIONS (Cont.)
on the same screen. These screens are helpful for quick
reference if you need to monitor multiple measurements
at once. The User Screen option allows you to customize
your user screens.
• Press
or
to highlight .
User Screen 1, 2 or 3, then press
.
• Use or to set your preferred measurement option.
• Press
or
to highlight
the remaining lines, and use or to set those
Measurement options.
Repeat these steps to set up the other User Screens.
When accessed through the Measurement navigation,
each User Screen will display current data for the chosen
measurements as programmed.
User Screen 2
22.5 °F
48.6 %
1014.6 inHg
Sample User Screen
screen navigation
Measurement Screens
• Press
or
to scroll through the Measurement
screens.
Measurement Modes
• From your chosen Measurement screen, use or to
scroll through the Mode options:
Current: Displays instantaneous reading.
Min/Max/Avg: Displays the Minimum, Maximum, and
Average readings from stored data (Displays --.- if no data
has been stored).
Chart: Displays graph of stored data points for each
measurement.
Current
TEMP
76.4
Min/Max/Avg
F
TEMP
Chart
F
Min
32.4
Avg
67.9
Max
84.0
TEMP
F
— for data
To View Chart Data:
• Press
while viewing a chart. A cursor will appear on
the most recent data point.
• Press or to scroll through saved data:
56.0
Feb 27
F
16:58:14
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Screen Navigation (Cont.)
The data value will be displayed at the top of the screen.
The date and time when each data point was stored will be
displayed at the bottom of the screen.
• Press
or
to review the chart data for other
measurements.
MAX/AVG FUNCTIONS - Wind Speed & Wind Chill
These values are measured independently from stored
and charted data to allow the user to start and stop the
averaging period in the manner most appropriate for
their application. Averaging on all wind-related values
will be started and stopped together.
To measure these values:
• Press
or
to scroll to a wind measurement
screen, then use or to select Min/Max/Avg screen.
to begin collecting data.
• Press
• Press
again to stop data collection and display the
Maximum and Average values.
T his routine will work simultaneously for both
measurements, regardless of which one is displayed when
run. No other Min/Max/Avg or stored data will be affected.
• To clear data, press
when the screen says “— clear”.
ther measurements will display min / max / avg data
O
based on the data stored in the log (using either autostored or manually captured data). This data can be
cleared by using “Reset MMA” under memory options.
Backlight
• Press
• Press
24
to activate backlight for one minute.
again to deactivate the light manually.
IMPELLER REPLACEMENT
Replacing the Kestrel Impeller
ress only the sides of the impeller when removing and
P
inserting to avoid damaging the precision hub bearing. [
Figure 1] .
• Press FIRMLY on the impeller module to remove it.
• Insert the new impeller so the side that has the small
triangle (close to the perimeter) faces the front of the
Kestrel when installed.
• Orient one “arm” of the module straight up .
[ Figure 2]. The impeller can be pushed in from either
side.
Figure 2
Figure 1
Kestrel
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glossary of terms
Active gun: When a gun is made active, ballistic
solutions for that gun pertaining to all active targets are
readily displayed. Ballistic solutions for guns that are
inactive are not displayed.
Aiming/Ballistic solution: This consists of sight
corrections for windage, elevation, and in the case of
a moving target, lead for a selected active gun and
target, along with other calculated values such as bullet
velocity and energy. On the main Horus screen, only
elevation and windage are displayed. On the Range
Card and
Ballistic Info screens, detailed ballistic solution data is
available.
Subsonic: The speed at which the bullet is slower than
the speed of sound. Bullet velocities in this range will be
displayed with a large dot to the left of the value.
Supersonic: The speed at which a bullet is gonig faster
than the speed of sound. Bullet velocities in this range
will have no dot next to them.
Target: A target is characterized by its direction, range,
inclination angle, and applicable wind; a moving
target has a direction and speed of motion. Targets are
identified by a single letter: up to five can be created,
designated by the letters A through E. It’s important to
note that wind is specific to a target – each active target
has its own wind specification.
Transonic: The speed at which the bullet slows to
the speed of sound. This is also seen as the boundary
between supersonic and subsonic. Bullet velocities in
this range will be displayed with a small dot to the left
of the value.
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ballistic & environmental quick reference
Target Screen
Active – tells whether this target is currently active
TR – target range
DoF – direction of fire (relative to true north)
Ideg – inclination angle (negative means the target is
below the shooter)
Icos – inclination cosine (cosine of the inclination angle)
TS – target speed
TD – target direction of movement
WD – current wind direction (direction from which wind
is blowing, relative to DoF)
WS1 – minimum current wind speed
WS2 – maximum current wind speed
Acc1st – For use with the Tremor 2 Horus reticle.
Gun Screen
MV – muzzle velocity
BC – bullet ballistic coefficient
BW – bullet weight
BD – bullet diameter
ZR – zero range
BH – bore height
RT – rifling twist rate (distance in which bullet achieves
360 degrees of rotation)
RTd – rifling twist direction (right = clockwise from the shooter’s perspective)
Click – assigns an angular value to sight clicks
Eunit elevation unit – The units used for elevation
adjustments (Eclick). Can be mils, clicks, tmoa (True
Minute of Angle), smoa (Shooter’s Minute of Angle).
Eclick – elevation adjustment necessary for the firing
solution in the units specified above.
Wunit – windage unit – The units used for windage
adjustments (Wclick). Can be mils, clicks, tmoa (True
Minute of Angle), smoa (Shooter’s Minute of Angle).
Wclick – windage adjustment necessary for the firing
solution in the units specified above.
ballistic & environmental quick reference
Environment Screen
Update – controls whether values for temperature,
barometric pressure, and relative humidity are
obtained automatically (yes) (from the Kestrel’s weather-
meter functions) or are manually set by the user (no)
Lat – allows the user to specify the latitude that will be
used when calculating Coriolis corrections
Temp – temperature
SP – station pressure (actual pressure at the
gun’s location)
RH – relative humidity
Dalt – density altitude (calculated from pressure,
temperature & humidity)
Coriolis – controls whether Coriolis corrections are
included in ballistics calculations
Wcap – toggles between applying windage correction
to just the current active target (one tgt) or to all targets
Range Card Screen
Elv – the elevation sight correction
Wnd1 – the windage sight correction based on WS1
Wnd2 – the windage sight correction based on WS2
Lead – the lead sight correction (for a moving target)
RemV – the downrange bullet velocity
RemE – the downrange bullet energy
ToF – the bullet’s time of flight
Max O – Maximum ordinate(highest point a bullet
reaches in flight)Ballistics Data Screen
Range – the range for which the ballistic solution
is calculated
Elv – elevation correction
Wnd1 – windage correction (based on WS1)
Wnd2 – windage correction (based on WS2)
Lead – lead correction, based on specified
target motion
vCor – vertical Coriolis correction
hCor – horizontal Coriolis correction
Drft – bullet drift correction
RemV – remaining velocity
RemE – remaining energy
ToF – time of flight
MaxO – maximum ordinate (highest point the bullet
reaches in flight)
Drp – total drop distance
Rtrns – range at which transonic velocity
transition begins
Rt 75% – distance at which a bullet is 75% through
the transonic range
Rsubs – range at which bullet velocity
becomes subsonic
Range Estimation Screen
Target – the size of the target on which estimation
is based
Image – the apparent size of the target as it appears
in a telescopic sight
Range – the calculated range, based on the target
and image sizes
Speed Estimation Screen
Range – the range at which the speed estimation
will be done
Mvmt – the apparent movement of the target as it
appears in a telescopic sight
Time – the time (in seconds) during which
movement was measured
Speed – the calculated speed, based on range,
movement and time
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FULL RANGE CARD DATA SAMPLE
Sample of full Range Card data relative to data seen on display.
Rng
100
200
300
400
500
600
700
800
900
1000
1100
1200
1300
1400
1500
1600
1700
1800
1900
2000
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Elev
0.06
2.28
5.56
9.49
14.12
19.33
25.34
32.25
40.21
49.24
59.34
70.40
82.46
95.35
109.1
123.7
139.2
155.5
172.7
190.9
Wnd1
Wnd2
Lead
RemV
RemE
ToF
MaxO
0.10L
0.22L
0.34L
0.47L
0.61L
0.75L
0.90L
1.06L
1.22L
1.36L
1.49L
1.63L
1.75L
1.82L
1.91L
2.00L
1.99L
2.04L
2.08L
2.11L
0.21L
0.47L
0.72L
0.99L
1.31L
1.62L
1.96L
2.31L
2.67L
3.03L
3.37L
4.04L
4.29L
4.57L
4.84L
5.00L
5.22L
5.42L
5.62L
5.63L
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
2355
2169
1991
1823
1666
1520
1388
1272
1177
1101
1042
995
955
920
888
860
833
808
784
761
2155
1828
1541
1291
1078
897
748
629
538
471
422
385
354
329
307
287
269
253
239
225
0.134
0.279
0.437
0.609
0.798
1.004
1.230
1.477
1.745
2.034
2.340
2.662
3.000
3.350
3.712
4.088
4.477
4.876
5.287
5.713
0.87
3.79
9.27
18.00
30.98
48.99
73.51
106.0
148.0
201.0
266.2
344.5
437.3
545.3
669.7
812.3
973.9
1155
1359
1586
.
.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
FULL RANGE CARD DATA SAMPLE (CON'T)
Rng
2100
2200
2300
2400
2500
2600
2700
2800
2900
3000
3100
3200
3300
3400
3500
3600
3700
Elev
210.0
230.0
250.7
272.7
295.9
320.2
345.6
372.2
399.7
428.8
459.5
491.6
525.2
560.1
596.6
635.0
675.8
Wnd1
Wnd2
Lead
1.96L
1.95L
1.94L
1.92L
1.89L
1.44L
1.35L
1.25L
1.14L
1.02L
0.88L
0.23L
0.46L
0.71L
0.98L
1.28L
1.59L
5.78L
5.93L
6.06L
6.19L
5.90L
5.93L
5.97L
6.03L
6.08L
6.11L
6.14L
5.18L
5.11L
5.02L
4.92L
4.80L
4.66L
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
RemV
RemE
739
718
698
679
660
642
624
607
590
574
558
542
527
512
498
484
470
212
201
18
179
169
160
151
143
135
128
121
114
108
102
96
91
86
ToF
MaxO
6.152
6.602
7.063
7.539
8.031
8.537
9.055
9.588
10.130
10.700
11.280
11.880
12.490
13.120
13.760
14.430
15.120
1839
2118
2424
2762
3134
3542
3985
4468
4990
5560
182
6855
7581
8363
9206
10119
11110
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SPECIFICATIONS
Target
Gun
30
Feature
Abbreviation
Units
Minimum
Maximum
Active Targets
Target Range
N/A
TR
Wind Direction
WD
A through E
yards
meters
o’clock
1
25
23
1
5
4000
3658
12
Wind Speed
WS1 or WS2
Direction of Fire
DoF
Inclination Angle
Inclination Cosine
Ideg
Icos
degrees
mph
m/s
km/h
fps
knots
degrees
o’clock
degrees
no units
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
-60
1.000
360
50
22
80
73
43
360
12
60
0.500
Target Speed
TS
0
0
0
0
0
50
22
80
73
43
Target Direction of Movement
Name Characters
TD
N/A
Muzzle Velocity
MV
mph
m/s
km/h
fps
knots
Left to Right OR Right to Left
0 through 9; A-Z; a-z; -+/.:&*
and space
fps
m/s
300
91
4500
1372
Bullet Weight
BW
Bullet Diameter
BD
Bullet Length
BL
grains
grams
inches
mm
inches
mm
10
0.6
0.10
2.54
0.10
2.54
1500
97.2
1.00
25.40
3
76.2
SPECIFICATIONS
Gun
Environment
Feature
Abbreviation
Units
Minimum
Maximum
Bullet Diameter
BD
Bullet Length
BL
Zero Range
ZR
Bore Height
BH
inches
mm
inches
mm
yards
meters
inches
0.10
2.54
0.10
2.54
25
23
0.10
1.00
25.40
3
76.2
1000
914
5.00
Rifling Twist
RT
Muzzle Velocity
Twist Direction
Rifling
MV
RTd
Click
0.25
1.00
2.54
300
12.70
36.00
91.44
4500
Station Pressure
SP
Relative Humidity
RH
Station Pressure
SP
1
1
1
12.00
406.4
406.4
5.89
1
-3271
12.00
406.4
406.4
10
10
10
32.00
1083.6
1083.6
15.72
100
9987
32.00
1083.6
1083.6
Coriolis
Coriol
cm
inches/revolution
cm/revolution
fps
Left OR Right
/mil
/tmoa
/smoa
inHg
mb
hPa
psi
%
meters
inHg
mb
hPa
Yes OR No
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Choosing & Using Batteries for Your Kestrel
Your Kestrel meter is powered by two AAA size batteries. Here is a guide to selecting the right chemistry/type of battery
for your meter:
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BATTERY TYPE
EXAMPLE BRAND
NAMES
SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS
Lithium AAA
Recommended by
Kestrel for most
applications!
Energizer® Ultimate
Lithium
*Energizer owns a
patent on Lithium
chemistry batteries in
the USA.
• Improved cold-weather operational range.
• Best capacity when streaming data via Bluetooth®.
• Relatively high cost. (Note: because the Kestrel is a low power
circuit, there is little advantage to the higher priced “Ultimate”
batteries.)
• Somewhat less available – need to purchase spares in advance.
Low Self-Discharge
Rechargeable NiMH
Eneloop®
Duracell®
StayCharged®
Tenergy® Centaura®
Energizer® Recharge
PowerPlus®
• Precharged rechargeable batteries which hold their charge for
up to one year.
• Lowest capacity option.
• Option to charge multiple sets for use in the field offers cost
savings, particularly with Bluetooth® data streaming.
• LESS likely to leak and cause corrosion when left in the Kestrel.
Alkaline AAA
Duracell® Ultrapower
Duracell® Procell®
Energizer® Max
Rayovac®
(many others)
• Lowest cost option.
Most readily available.
• Easy to obtain and use for intensive, short-term operations.
• Restricted cold weather performance – Kestrel circuitry will not
operate below 0°F/-18°C.
• Environmental impact of disposal.
• MOST likely to leak and cause corrosion when left in the Kestrel.
Follow below guidelines for storage and removal carefully!
Choosing & Using Batteries for Your Kestrel (CONT.)
We strongly recommend you use lithium or LSD NiMH
batteries at all times to avoid battery corrosion damage.
All alkaline batteries are prone to leaking, particularly as
they near full discharge. The potassium hydroxide that
leaks from an alkaline battery causes oxidation damage
to the circuit and components which is often irreversible
and is NOT covered under the Kestrel warranty.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE ALKALINE BATTERIES due to
cost or availability, you MUST:
• Remove the batteries for long-term storage (more
than one month of non-use). If you have your Kestrel
set to log data while off, it will slowly drain the
batteries, increasing the likelihood of leaking.
• Set your system battery selection to “Alkaline” to
obtain accurate capacity readings:
»» Press to enter the setup menu.
»»
to “System”,
to enter,
to “Battery.”
»»
to select the correct battery type.
to exit system setup.
»»
• Change your batteries when below 20% capacity to
avoid fully discharging your batteries.
• Whatever batteries you choose:
• Use national name-brand batteries wherever
possible. Do not mix brands or chemistries of
batteries.
• Do not mix batteries of different ages or usage –
replace both batteries at the same time with new
batteries that have not reached their expiration date.
• Inspect your batteries occasionally (at least every
three months) and remove immediately if you notice
ANY moisture or white crystalline material at either
end.
• Always store your Kestrel meter within the specified
temperature limits: -22.0 °F to 140.0 °F | -30.0 °C to
60.0 °C. Be particularly careful not to leave a Kestrel
meter with batteries installed inside a hot vehicle in
the summer.
What to Do if you Have a Leak
If you notice you have a leaking battery, be careful not
to touch it with your bare skin or allow it to come in
contact with your eyes as the leaking material is caustic
and/or toxic. Remove and dispose of both batteries. If
possible, loosen and vacuum out any white powder. DO
NOT BLOW INTO THE COMPARTMENT TO REMOVE THE
POWDER – it can cause eye or skin damage and will be
driven further inside the unit. You may attempt to use a
cotton swab moistened with white vinegar to clean the
contacts and gently swab out the battery compartment.
Do not exert any force against the contacts inside the
battery compartment or you may bend or break them.
Allow the battery compartment to dry completely and
try installing fresh batteries. If your unit powers up you
may continue to use it. If not, you may contract Kestrel
Support to inquire about our Customer Loyalty Trade-In
Program which provides a generous discount towards a
replacement Kestrel meter.
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5-Year Limited Product Warranty
WARRANTY CERTIFICATE
Your Kestrel Pocket Weather Meter is warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a
period of FIVE YEARS from the date of its first consumer purchase. NK will repair or replace any defective
meter or part when notified within the warranty period, and will return the meter via domestic ground
shipping or NK’s choice of method of international shipping at no charge. The following are excluded from
warranty coverage: damage due to improper use or neglect (including corrosion); damage caused by
severe or excessive impact, damage caused by failed or leaking batteries, crushing or mechanical harm;
modifications or attempted repairs by someone other than an authorized NK repair agent; impeller failure
not caused by a manufacturing defect; normal usage wear; failed batteries; and accuracy issues resolvable
by recalibration. If no warranty registration or proof of purchase is provided, the warranty period will be
measured from the meter’s date of manufacture.
Except for the warranties set forth herein, NK disclaims all other warranties, expressed, implied or
statutory, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose. Any implied warranties that may be imposed by applicable law are limited to
the term of this warranty. In no event shall NK be liable for any incidental, special or consequential
damages, including, but not limited to, loss of business, loss of profits, loss of data or use, whether
in an action in contract or tort or based on a warranty, arising out of or in connection with the use
or performance of an NK product, even if NK has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
You agree that repair, and (upon availability) replacement, as applicable, is your
sole and exclusive remedy with respect to any breach of the NK Limited Warranty
set forth herein.
All product liability and warranty options are governed exclusively by the laws of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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By
Kestrel® Weather and Environmental Meters
are designed and manufactured in the USA
NIELSEN-KELLERMAN
21 Creek Circle, Boothwyn, PA 19061
Phone: (610) 447-1555
Fax: (610) 447-1577
Web: NKhome.com
Email: info@NKhome.com
Please register your Kestrel Meter at NKhome.com
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