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Long-range laser rangefinder for golfers

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Our take on the Nikon COOLSHOT 20

Small, light, and ready to help ready to improve your game

Nikon's COOLSHOT 20 laser rangefinder fits in your pocket, making it a convenient companion for your next foray onto the links. Whether you're a grizzled golf vet with tired eyes, or a novice who's trying to build instincts for distance estimation, you'll find this device comes in handy in crucial situations when picking the right club and determining the force of your swing are paramount.

Nikon COOLSHOT 20 golf laser rangefinder

Go the distance by finding the distance

The COOLSHOT 20's high-quality monocular lens uses a multilayer coating to ensure bright, clear images for up to 650 yards. If you wear glasses, the long eye relief design lets you use this rangefinder without worry. Nikon's FIrst Target Priorty Mode quickly finds your target when viewing the course against a wooded background. You'll see actual distances on the device's internal LED display in a jiffy, with the target clearly marked. It even tells you how its battery is doing so you won't be surprised with a sudden power outage. And you can venture out on cloudy days knowing the COOLSHOT 20 is designed to withstand rain.

The COOLSHOT 20 includes a replaceable lithium CR2 battery.

Product Highlights:

  • laser rangefinder for golf courses
  • carrying case, wrist strap, and lithium CR2 battery included
  • 6x monocular with multilayer coating
  • results are displayed on an internal LCD panel
  • measures actual distance to target
  • displays distance increments every 1 m/yd
  • rainproof (JIS/IEC protection class 4 equivalent — not designed for use underwater)
  • adjustable diopter for glasses wearers
  • First Target Priority mode shows distance to closest subject of overlapping targets
  • measures from 6 to 550 yards
  • 6x magnification
  • objective diameter: 20mm
  • eye relief: 16.7mm
  • exit pupil: 3.3mm
  • 1-7/16"W x 2-7/8"H x 3-5/8"D
  • 4.4 ounces (excluding battery)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Nikon Coolshot 20 laser rangefinder (white)
  • CR2 Lithium battery (3V)
  • Wrist strap
  • Carrying case
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty card

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Overview: The Nikon Coolshot 20 laser rangefinder helps your golf game by giving you accurate distance measurements up to 550 yards instantly with the press of a button. The unit is compact and lightweight, with a durable rainproof finish to give it a non-slip grip. The Coolshot 20 is powered by a 3-volt Lithium battery (included), and comes with a handy storage case that can be worn on the belt or attached to your bag.

One Button Operation: The Coolshot 20 laser rangefinder gives you fast and simple measurements by pressing the top-mounted power button. The unit emits invisible, eye-safe infrared energy pulses (EN/IEC Class 1M Laser) that reflect off of the selected target back to its optical receiver. The distance is instantly calculated and displayed on an internal LCD panel for approximately 8 seconds. The unit has First Target Priority, which displays the distance to the nearest target among multiple results obtained with a single measurement.

Diopter Ring: The viewfinder has a diopter ring for adjusting the rangefinder to your eyesight. A diopter index indicates "+" and "-" positions.

Eye Relief: The Coolshot 20's eyepiece provides a long 16.7mm eye relief for easy viewing.

Distance Measurements: Distances from 6 to 550 yards are measured in 1 yard increments, or 5 to 500 meters in 1 meter increments. You can switch the units of measurement from yards to meters by pressing the top-mounted Mode button.

Continuous Measurement: You can measure the distance of different targets during the 8 seconds the laser is emitting. The distances of each object are displayed as you aim at them. For example, using continuous measurement, you can measure the distance to a tree in the foreground, and to the flag in the background.

Weatherproof Design: The Coolshot 20 has a weatherproof design so you can use it in wet conditions.

Power Requirements: The Coolshot 20 operates on a single 3-volt CR-2 Lithium battery (included). Battery status is displayed in the viewfinder during normal operations. A new CR-2 battery has enough energy to perform continuous measurements approximately 2000 times.


  • Model: Coolshot 20
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Objective Diameter: 21mm
  • Angular Field of View (real):
  • Measuring Range: 6-550 yards (5-500 meters)
  • Increment Reading: 1 yard (1 meter)
  • Exit Pupil: 3.3mm
  • Eye Relief: 16.7mm
  • Dimensions: Width=1.432" Height=2.834" Depth=3.579"
  • Weight: 4.4 ounces

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