Leica Geovid HD-B instruction manual






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Leica Geovid HD-B
Leica Geovid HD-B
Leica Geovid HD-B


1. Eyes for carrying strap
2. Eyepiece
3. Eyepiece cup with
a. Diopter scale
Position a: Extended for viewing without glasses
(4 settings)
Position b: Screwed in for viewing with glasses
4. Diopter compensation dial with
a. Scale
5. Central focusing dial
6. Diopter compensation dial for displays with
a. Scale
7. Main/release button for range measurement
8. Secondary/menu button
9. Hinged axes for adjusting the eye spacing
10. Laser transmission optics
11. Cover for battery compartment /
memory card slot (closed)
12. Battery compartment
13. Memory card slot
14. Objective lens

– Binoculars
– 1 lithium button cell, 3V, type CR 2
– Carrying strap
– Ever ready case
– Eyepiece cover
– 2 lens covers
– 2GB microSD memory card
– microSD card adapter
– Warranty card
– Tweezers
– Test certificate


Warning notice
As with any binoculars, avoid looking directly at
bright sources of light when using the Leica Geovid
HD-B, to prevent eye injury.



Dear Customer,
Throughout the world, the Leica name stands for
premium quality, accurate precision mechanics,
optimum reliability and long service life.
We wish you much enjoyment and every success with
your new Leica Geovid HD-B binoculars.
These binoculars with integrated range finder transmit
invisible infrared pulses that are harmless to the eyes
and a built-in microprocessor calculates the distance
to the object from the reflected signal. They also
detect the ambient and usage conditions. Along with
the measured distances, this data can be used to
calculate and display the appropriate point of aim
correction for various selectable and freely
programmable ballistics curves, the appropriate click
adjustments for the reticle on a telescopic sight or the
equivalent horizontal range.
To enable you to make the best possible use of this
high performance and versatile device’s features, we
recommend that you read these instructions before



(Applies within the EU, and for other
European countries with segregated waste
collection systems)
This device contains electrical and/or electronic
components and should therefore not be disposed of
in general household waste. Instead it should be
disposed of at a recycling collection point provided by
the local authority. This costs you nothing.
If the device itself contains removable batteries or
rechargeable batteries, these should first be removed
and, if necessary, properly disposed of (refer to the
specifications in the manual for your device).
Further information on this issue is available from your
local administration, your local waste collection
company, or in the store where you purchased this



The Leica Geovid HD-B binoculars have a robust
magnesium housing, allowing them to be used even
under adverse conditions. There’s no need to worry
about moisture – they are absolutely waterproof to a
depth of 5m and the internal optics do not become
fogged thanks to a nitrogen filling.


To fit the two lens covers, the rubber rings on the
covers are pushed over the binocular tubes from the
lens side in such a way that the covers fold



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If you want to attach the eyepiece cover to the
carrying strap, you must thread the strap through the
eyelet on the eyepiece cover before you attach the
carrying strap to the left-hand side of the binoculars.


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The Leica Geovid HD-B draws its power supply from a
3 Volt lithium button cell (type CR2).
1. Open the cover (11) over the battery compartment
(12) by turning it anticlockwise, e.g. with a coin.
2. Insert the battery so that the positive contact goes
in first (as shown by the markings in the battery
3. Close the cover again by turning it clockwise.

• Cold conditions impair the battery performance.
Therefore, at low temperatures the binoculars
should be kept as close to the body as possible and
a new battery should be fitted.
• If the binoculars are not going to be used for a long
time, the battery should be removed.
• Batteries should be stored in a cool dry place.

• Batteries should never be put in a fire, heated,
recharged, taken to pieces or broken apart.
• Used batteries may not be disposed of as normal,
household waste as they contain toxic materials
that are harmful to the environment.
• To ensure that they are properly recycled, they
should be returned to the dealer or disposed of as
special waste (at a collection point).



A new battery lasts for more than 2000 measurements
at 20°C/68°F.
Depending on the conditions of use, the battery life
can be significantly shorter or longer than this. Low
temperatures and frequent use of scan mode (see p.
35) shorten the battery life.
A used battery is indicated by a flashing measured
value and reticule display. When flashing starts,
around another 50 measurements are possible, but
with a continuously reduced range.
Leica recommends the use of branded batteries.



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The eyepiece cups (1) can easily be adjusted by
turning them, and lock securely in the selected
positions. They can be removed completely for
thorough cleaning.
For viewing with glasses (Figure A), they remain in the
fully screwed in position. For viewing without glasses,
they are extended by turning them anticlockwise. Four
positions are available for optimum adjustment (Figure
If the eyepieces are heavily soiled, we recommend
removing the cups for cleaning (Figure C). They are
removed by gently pulling them in the fully extended


Bending the binoculars about the hinged axes (9)
individually adjusts the eye spacing. The right and left
field of vision should merge into a circular image.




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On the Leica Geovid HD-B binoculars, the focus is set
for objects different distances away using the central
focusing dial (5).
The two diopter compensation dials (4) are used to
compensate for individual eyesight problems when
viewing without glasses and to focus the reticule.
Carefully run through the steps described below. Only
then can you utilize the full capabilities of the optical
1. Turn the two diopter compensation dials (4) to their
zero positions.
2. When viewing with both eyes, adjust them to a
distant object using the central focusing dial.
3. Press the main / release button (7) to activate the

4. When the reticule appears, while continuing to view
with both eyes, adjust the right diopter
compensation dial (red index) so that the reticule
can be seen in focus in the right optical system.
5. Then, with the reticule still activated but only
viewing with the right eye, use the central focusing
dial to adjust the image in the right lens until it is
exactly in focus.
6. Then repeat this procedure for the left lens using
the left diopter dial (4).
7. The set values can be read off using the “+” or “-“
values on the diopter scales (4a).

When looking through just the left or right side, the
other eye should be squeezed shut or you can simply
hold the corresponding half of the binoculars on the
lens at the front.



For all settings:
– The main menu contains four options: Display in
yards/meters (US.EU), ballistics curve ( baLL),
zeroing distance ( SId) and ballistic output format
(AbC ). Details of these functions can be found in
the relevant sections.
– Both the main menu and the relevant setting
options scroll in a continuous loop, i.e. all options/
settings can be accessed by repeatedly pressing
the relevant button.


The Leica Geovid HD-B can be set to either the
imperial unit system commonly used in the USA (US)
or the metric system (EU) i.e. yards and inches /
Fahrenheit / inHG (inches of mercury) or meters and
centimeters / Celsius / millibars for distance,
temperature and air pressure respectively.
This setting also determines the units used for the
point of aim, the ballistics curves and the zeroing
distances. The factory setting on the Leica Geovid
HD-B is yards.




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1. Press and hold (≥3s) the secondary / menu button
• US.EU appears in the display (flashing).
2. Press the main / release button (7) to select the
unit of measure you want to use.
US = Display in yards
EU = Display in meters



The current setting can always be seen in the display:
If metric values are selected, a dot appears to the
bottom right of the reticule.
3. Save your setting by pressing the secondary /
menu button.
• The saved setting lights up as confirmation and the
display then switches to the next option (bALL =
Ballistics curve) and then goes out if no more
settings are made.




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To measure the range to an object, you must aim
directly at it. To do this, proceed as follows:
1. Press the main / release button (7). The range
finder is activated.
• The reticule appears.
When you let go of the main / release button, the
reticule is lit for a further six seconds. If you hold the
button down, the reticule remains lit.
2. Aim at the object while the reticule is lit.
3. Press the main / release button (7).
a. The reticule disappears briefly during the
b. The measured value is displayed.
As long as the reticule is still lit, a new measurement
can be started at any time by pressing the main /
release button again.
The display shows: – – – if
– the object distance is less than 10 meters/yards,
– the range is exceeded, or
– the object is not sufficiently reflective.
When the display disappears, the range meter is
automatically deactivated.



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The Leica Geovid HD-B binoculars can be used to
measure continuously (scan mode).
Hold down the main / release button (7) on the 2nd
After around 2.5 seconds, the binoculars switch to
scan mode and then carry out measurements
continuously. This can be seen by a change in the
Around every 1s a new measured value is shown.
Scan mode is particularly practical for measuring small
and moving targets.

• In scan mode, the AbC correction value is not
displayed until after the last measurement.
• Because of the continuous measurements, power
consumption is greater in scan mode than for single



The measuring range of the Leica Geovid HD-B is up to
±1825m/2000yds. The maximum range is achieved
with high reflective target objects and a visual range of
10km/6.2 miles.

To reliably detect very distant objects, we recommend
holding the binoculars very steadily and/or placing
them on a stable surface.
The measuring range is influenced by the following

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In sunlight and with good vision, the following ranges
and accuracies can be achieved:

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Displaying the atmospheric conditions

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For precise calculation of the point of impact (see next
section) the Leica Geovid HD-B determines three
other important pieces of information during the range
measurement: the inclination of the binoculars, the
temperature and the atmospheric pressure. The
relevant values can be displayed at any time.
Briefly press the secondary / menu button (8) once.
• The reticule appears briefly (if range measurement
was not already active). The following are then
displayed alternately instead of the range for
around 2s:

– Angle of inclination
– Temperature
– Atmospheric pressure


If the housing of the Leica Geovid HD-B initially has a
significantly different temperature than its
surroundings, e.g. when taking it outside, it can take
up to 30 minutes before the internal sensor can
determine the correct ambient temperature.



To adjust the equivalent horizontal range calculation
(EHR, see p. 44), the point of aim (HOLd, see p. 44) or
the reticule adjustment (MOA, see p. 45) to different
calibers, ammunition types and weights, you can
choose from 12 different ballistics curve.
The Appendix contains six tables, three different ones
for zeroing distances in meters and in yards.
In the table that corresponds to the set zeroing
distance, find the ballistics curve that is closest to the
point of impact specification provided by the
ammunition manufacturer.

The weapon is zeroed to 100 meters with the
associated telescopic sight, Table 1 is applicable. The
ammunition manufacturer specifies 15.0cm at 200m
as the point of impact for the ammunition used. In the
corresponding column, this corresponds most closely
to the value of 14.5cm in the EU7 line – this is
therefore the appropriate ballistics curve.

When using the ballistics function on the Leica Geovid
HD-B, particularly at ranges of > 300m / 300 yards,
we recommend determining the ballistic data for your
ammunition by practical trials, so that you can select
the appropriate curve.

Setting the ballistics curve

Start with step 1 if you have not yet opened the menu
system and with step 3 if you have already set the unit
of measure and bAll is still flashing in the display.
1. Press and hold (≥3s) the secondary / menu button
• US.EU appears.
2. Briefly (<2s) press the secondary / menu button
• The display changes to bALL (= Ballistics curves).
3. Press the main / release button (7).
• The display changes to
– US1 or
– EU1

4. Repeatedly press the main / release button to
select the relevant ballistics curve, i.e.
– US1 to US12 or
– EU1 to EU12, or
if you want the range to be displayed with no
point of impact correction (AbC)
– OFF.
5. Save your setting by pressing the secondary /
menu button.
• The saved setting appears continuously for 4s as
confirmation and the display then changes to SId
and goes out if no more actions are performed.
If a ballistics curve is set, after each range
measurement the range is displayed for 2s and then
the calculated correction value for 6s.


Start with step 1 if you have not yet opened the menu
system and with step 3 if you have already set the
ballistics curve and Sld is still flashing in the display.
1. Press and hold (≥3s) the secondary / menu button
• US.EU appears.
2. Briefly (<2s) press the secondary / menu button
• The display changes to bALL and then to SId.
3. Select the relevant zeroing distance by repeatedly
pressing the main / release button (7).
– 100 [m],
– 200 [m], or
– GEE [m], or
– 100 [y], or
– 200 [y], or
– 300 [y].
4. Save your setting by pressing the secondary /
menu button.
• The saved setting appears continuously for 4s as
confirmation and the display then changes to AbC
and goes out.



To check your settings, e.g. if the hunting situation has
changed or you have not used the binoculars for some
time, you can quickly display the three values at any
To do this, briefly press the secondary / menu button
(8) twice.
• The following information briefly appears in turn
below the reticule (instead of the range) for approx.
– The set ballistics curve
– The set zeroing distance
– The set ballistic output value
Advanced Ballistic Compensation (AbC) on the Leica
Geovid HD-B allows you to display one of the following
three ballistic values after measuring the range:
– the equivalent horizontal range (EHr)
– the corresponding point of aim (HOLd)
– the number of clicks required for quick reticule
Both the point of aim and EHr value displayed take
account of:
a. the measured distance to the target,
b. the angle of inclination of the weapon,
c. the set ballistics curve,
d. the measured temperature and atmospheric
pressure values
e. the set zeroing distance.
• The calculation of the specified values is based on
the set ballistics curve, i.e. this must be selected
first (see p. 41).
• Ballistic output values are only specified up to a
range of 800m/875 yards on safety grounds. In
addition, only the range actually measured is


• Note that at longer ranges, the influence of all the
factors relevant in ballistics increases significantly
and considerable variations can occur. The ballistic
values displayed should therefore be seen only as a
• Regardless of whether or not you use this
information, you are responsible for assessing the
relevant hunting situation.


Shots at higher or lower targets are subject to
changed ballistic conditions. They therefore require
the use of the equivalent horizontal range, which
differs from the actual distance to the target (in some
cases significantly).
Even horizontal EHR measurements can result in
values that differ from the “normal” measured range,
for example if the temperature and/or atmospheric
pressure differ from the programmed mean values.


The point of aim is the point the weapon is aimed at
instead of the actual target to compensate for the
variations caused by the flight of the bullet (e.g. when
using conventional hunting reticules).
By displaying the point of aim, the Leica Geovid HD-B
can provide valuable support when used in hunting,
ensuring that shots are as accurate as possible.
In addition to the range, the calculation is based on
the general conditions outlined in the previous section
and the ballistics curve you have selected.
The point of aim / attachment value displayed is
always expressed relative to the distance to the target.
Example: If 300m 30 is displayed, you would need to
aim 30cm higher on the object than would be the case
without correction.




Variations in the point of impact can be compensated
by a corresponding adjustment of the reticule on your
telescopic sight.
Taking into account the measured range, the
trajectory of the bullet and the set zeroing distance
(see p. 42), the Leica Geovid HD-B can display the
required adjustments, i.e. the relevant number of
For the different elevations, you can specify whether
the clicks are to be specified
– based on the international standard MOA (minutes
of angle) graduation, or
– in 5 or 10 centimeter graduations.


Start with step 1 if you have not yet opened the menu
system and with step 3 if you have already set the unit
of measure and ABC is still flashing in the display.
1. Press and hold (≥2s) the secondary / menu button
• US.EU appears.
2. Briefly (<2s) press the secondary / menu button
three times.
• The display changes to bALL and SId and then to
3. Select the relevant ballistic setting by repeatedly
pressing the main / release button (7).
– EHr or
– HOLd or
– 1-1 (1MOA), or
– 1-3 (1/3MOA), or
– 1-4 (¼MOA), or
– 10
– 5
4. Save your setting by pressing the secondary /
menu button.
• The saved setting is displayed continuously for
4s as confirmation and the display then goes out.



If you want to check your settings, you can display the
values at any time.
To do this, briefly press the secondary / menu button
(8) twice.
• The following information briefly appears in turn
below the reticule (instead of the range) for approx.
– The set ballistics curve (see p. 41)
– The set zeroing distance (see p. 42)
– The set ballistic output value (see p. 45)
If all ballistics functions are deactivated (bALL = OFF),
only the US or EU setting is displayed.


If the intended weapon / ammunition combination is
not covered by one of the 2 x 12 programmed
ballistics curves on the Leica Geovid HD-B you can
use your own custom ballistics curves. These are
initially precisely calculated based on the load data
your provide online – such as caliber, ammunition
weight etc. – and then transferred to the microSD
memory card supplied so that it can be retrieved on
the binoculars once the card has been inserted.
This is done in three stages:
A. Calculation and transfer of requested ballistics
curve to the memory card.
On the Leica Camera AG homepage at www.
leica-camera.com, the Sport Optics area
– includes instructions for entering the required
information/values for calculation of a ballistics
– the corresponding input screen
– a description of the download process,i.e. how to
transfer the calculated ballistics curve to the
memory card



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B. Inserting the memory card in the binoculars
The memory card slot (13) is located in the battery
compartment (12), where it is protected from
soiling and the ingress of water.
1. Open the cover (11) over the battery
compartment (12) by turning it anticlockwise,
e.g. with a coin.
2. Remove the battery.
3. Slide the memory card into the slot with the
contacts pointing forwards and downwards, until
you feel it engage.
4. Insert the battery so that the positive contact
goes in first (as shown by the markings in the
battery compartment).
5. Close the cover again by turning it clockwise.
To remove the memory card, follow these
instructions in reverse. Use the tweezers
C. Retrieving the ballistics curve from the
memory card
If a memory card containing a ballistics curve is
inserted in the binoculars, this curve can be
retrieved in exactly the same way as described
under “Setting the ballistics curve” on p. 41.
• In this case, when you press the main / release
button (7) Card appears first.
The following warning messages can appear
– Err1 if the SId menu is open but the memory
card is then removed, or if the card is
defective or cannot be read. In this case, Card
also disappears.
– Err2 if there is no ballistics curve on the
memory card
– Err3 if the ballistics curve on the memory
card does not contain correct data
The subsequent procedure is exactly the same as for
the pre-programmed ballistics curves.
Even if a memory card is inserted, you can set one of
the pre-programmed ballistics curves at any time. You
should always check your settings.


• For safety reasons, i.e. to prevent confusion, only
one ballistics curve can ever be saved on the card.
• When using ballistics curves from the memory card,
ranges up to 925m/1000yds are displayed.
• The range of microSD cards is too large for Leica
Camera AG to be able to completely test all
available types for compatibility and quality.
Therefore, we recommend using a card such as the
“microSDHC™” cards from the leading brand
• Although using other card types is not likely to
damage the binoculars or the card, some “no name”
cards do not comply with the microSD standards,
and Leica Camera AG is unable to provide any
guarantee that they will function correctly



Your Leica Geovid HD-B binoculars do not require any
special care. Coarse dirt particles, such as sand,
should be removed with a fine hair brush or blown
away. Marks such as fingerprints on the front lens and
eyepiece lenses can be cleaned with a damp cloth and
then wiped off with a soft, clean leather or dust-free

Do not exert heavy pressure when wiping highly soiled
lens surfaces. Although the coating is highly abrasion
resistant, it can be damaged by sand or salt crystals.
The housing should only be cleaned with a moist
leather cloth. Using dry cloths brings a risk of static
charge. Alcohol and other chemical solutions must not
be used to clean the optical system or the housing.
All Leica Geovid HD-B binoculars have their “personal”
serial number in addition to the type designation. Note
this number in your documentation for security.

The housing may not be opened.


If you should require any spare parts for your Leica
Geovid HD-B binoculars, e.g. eyepiece cups or covers,
please contact our Customer Service department or
the Leica office in your country (see warranty card for



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For servicing your Leica equipment or in the event of
damage, the Leica Camera AG Customer Care
department or the repair service provided by
authorized Leica agents in your country are available
(see the warranty card for a list of addresses).
Leica Camera AG
Customer Care
Solmser Gewerbepark 8
D- 35606 Solms
Tel.: +49 (0)6442-208 189
Fax: +49 (0)6442-208 339


This is a Class B product based on the standard of the
Voluntary Control Council for Interference from Information
Technology Equipment (VCCI). If this is used near a radio or
television receiver in a domestic environment, it may cause
radio interference. Install and use the equipment according to
the instruction manual.

FCC Note: (U.S. only)

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference
to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to
try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician
for help.

FCC Caution:

To assure continued compliance, follow the attached
installation instructions and use only shielded interface cables
with ferrite core when connecting to computer or peripheral
devices. Any changes or modifications not expressly approved
by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate this equipment.
Trade Name: LEICA
Model: Geovid HD-B
Responsible party/ Leica Camera Inc.
Support contact: 1 Pearl Court, Unit A
Allendale, New Jersey 07401
Tel.: +1 201 995 0051 232
Fax: +1 201 995 1684
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation
is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003
Complies with 21 CRF 1040.1 and 1040.11 except for
deviations pursuant to Laser No. 50, dated June 24, 2007

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