Longshot’s Hawk is a Spotting-Scope Camera for the Range

It allows a long-range shooter to see where their shots land instantly, thanks to an app that works with smartphones and tablets.

The Target Vision Hawk from Longshot Cameras
The Target Vision Hawk can capture snapshots of your shots at the range and automatically store those images in the app’s photo gallery.Longshot

Digiscoping is the trend of changing any spotting scope into a “smart scope.” The Hawk, from Longshot Target Camera out of Pearland, Texas, is essentially a spotting-scope camera, and it allows a long-range shooter to see where their shots land instantly, thanks to an app that works with smartphones and tablets. No more running back and forth to the target, picking up binos, or depending on a spotter.

About the size of your hand, the Hawk comes in a padded case with a charger. It fits spotting-scope eyepieces between 38mm and 56mm. Simply slide the mounting assembly over the spotting scope’s eyepiece and tighten the mounting knob. Download the Targetvision app (available for iOS and Android), then turn on the camera and go back to your phone to establish the connection. No wifi or cell service is needed. Using the live video feed, adjust the Hawk so you can see your target. You can even rotate the eyepiece, if necessary, while the Hawk is attached. It can support up to 10 connections to each camera.

Once connected, you will be able to see and interact with the target.

I used the device on a range last summer in Wyoming, and everyone around me was impressed by the delivery system on a target we watched at about 500 yards.

It took a few minutes for me to learn how to use the app, but after that, it was easy. A main menu, home screen, and shooting-options screen are the trifecta of the system. My favorite part is the core feature called “shot marking,” where you tap on your shots after they appear on the screen. The app places a semi-transparent marker over each shot and automatically numbers it. You can adjust the colors of the shot markers, which is a good thing if you’re color blind.

The Hawk will capture snapshots of your shots, and these photos will be stored within the app’s photo gallery. You can easily move the photo from this gallery into your personal photo collection. Or, you can capture videos of your shots. It does not include audio on iOS, but it is included on Android settings. There is also a “live group” feature that will calculate group sizes after you input reference distance numbers for your target. SRP: $329.99.

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