I'm getting ready to buy a chronograph for the first time, and I was wondering if any of you can recommend a good one. I read some reviews of the CED M2 and the Shooting Chrony F1, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. Overall, they all get decent reviews, but sometimes it's hard to tell by the reviews because some people get frustrated by poor instuctions or operator error, so they give a product bad reviews. I'm looking to your expertise/experience for the real deal.
I saved about $300 for a chrony and realized that they are a good bit cheaper than that, so budget isn't really a factor. Perhaps with the savings I can buy some ballistics software and a PC cable.
I noticed by the reviews, a LOT of people complain about shooting in "the perfect light" or the chrono doesn't register at all or it registers errors. It seems this is less of a complaint with the CED than the Shooting Chrony, but it is still a factor. I also noticed that Shooting Chrony came out with a LED Chronograph Lamp to compensate for the lighting problems. It only got 2 reviews on Midway USA, but both people said it solved all the problems. Do any of you have experience with this? Is it worth the $96 that they're asking to save the frustration?
As always, I appreciate your input.