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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Orion software cost?

What is covered by the Orion software license?

Can I install Orion on more than one computer?

How accurate is Orion?

How fast is Orion?

What kind of targets are required?

Where can Orion or Orion targets be purchased?

What EST Systems work with Orion

Which scanners work with Orion?

Which scanner do you recommend for my range?

What type of computer is required to run Orion?

Will Orion run on a Mac?

What kind of printer do you recommend with Orion?

How long will it take to get my order?

Do you accept purchase orders?

Do you collect sales tax?

Do you accept International orders?

Will Orion score green pellets?

What is your return policy?

How much does the Orion software cost?

The Orion Scoring System is available in three products.

  • Orion for Clubs is Orion's most widely used application that scans, scores, and generates results from paper targets. It is designed for use by clubs or teams for practice or competitions. Orion for Clubs is licensed annually. The first year license is $498, and each subsequent year license is $98 per year. Orion for Clubs is often bundled with a scanner and targets. The bundle price depends on the selected scanner but starts at $1078.
  • Orion at Home is similar to Orion for Clubs but intended for the home or individual user. It scans, scores, and generates results from paper targets. Orion at Home is sold in a bundle with the Canon P-208 scanner and your choice of air rifle, or air pistol targets. The retail price of the Orion at Home bundle is $278. The annual license fee is $58 per year.

Result Center, Orion's online result service, is separately licensed. The Result Center is free for all customers who have a Orion for Clubs, Orion at Home, or Scorecard license.

Scanners and targets are not included with license fees.

Alternate pricing solutions may be available for large organizations or leagues with specific needs. Please call us for more details.

What is covered by the Orion software license?

Orion is licensed on an annual basis. The annual license fee is $98 for Orion for Clubs and Orion Scorecard, and $58 for Orion at Home.

Briefly, the Orion software license covers:

  • Continued use of the Orion software.
  • Phone and email support on Orion.
  • All updates to the Orion software.
  • Use of Orion's online result service known as Result Center
  • Result Center is technically licensed separately, but is free to all Orion license holders.

Existing Orion license holders may read the full End User License Agreement by logging into their account.

Can I install Orion on more than one computer?

Orion is licensed per machine. A license may only be installed on a single Orion computer.

It is permitted to transfer the Orion license from one computer to a new computer, as may be required if a machine is being decommissioned or due to a hard drive failure.

Large organizations that manage large competitions may require multiple Orion licenses. In these instances, each license must be purchased separately. Site licenses are also available on request.

How accurate is Orion?

Orion is designed to meet or exceed the accuracy requirements set by the International Shooting Sports Federation. These requirements, for one shot per aiming bull, are:

  • Air Rifle: .125mm radial error
  • 50m Rifle: .40mm radial error
  • Air Pistol: .40mm radial error

How fast is Orion?

On average, it takes Orion only 35 seconds to scan, score, and post a single target's score online.

The length of time it takes to score multiple targets depends on your scanner's speed and computer's processing power.

On a dual core 2.6GHz machine, with a Canon DR-6010C scanner Orion will scan, score, and list scores online for:

  • An air rifle 3x20 set of targets in 1 minute 25 seconds.
  • A smallbore 3x40 set of targets in 1 minutes 55 seconds.
  • A 60 shot air pistol course, 1 shot per bull, in 2 minutes 30 seconds.

What kind of targets are required?

For Air Rifle both Orion Air Rifle Targets or any ISSF approved single bull air rifle target measuring 10cm by 10cm may be used. Orion offers 12 bull, 5 bull, and Basic Marksmanship Course air rifle targets.

For Air Pistol both Orion Air Pistol Targets or any ISSF approved air pistol target with 17 by 17cm dimensions may be used.

For BB Gun only, Orion BB Gun Targets may be used. Orion offers both a competition target with full scoring rings and a practice target with reduced scoring rings.

For Smallbore Rifle only Orion Targets may be used. Orion offers 50ft, 50yd., and 50m targets.

For Smallbore Pistol only Orion Targets may be used. Orion offers a gallery league slow and timed and rapid fire target.

For Air Rifle and Smallbore Benchrest only, specially designed 35 bull Orion Targets may be used. These targets will cease to be supported by Orion after 1 January 2018.

Orion targets have unique characteristics that make it possible to score electronically. First, they are made with higher grade target paper, allowing cleaner shot holes. Second, the are sized to feed through commodity scanners. Third, Orion targets have special markings on them that the Orion software uses to expedite the scoring process.

A list of all available Orion targets may be found here

Where can Orion or Orion targets be purchased?

Orion targets are available from three sources.

Orion also supports scoring any ISSF approved Air Rifle or Air Pistol target measuring 10cm by 10cm and 17cm by 17cm respectively. ISSF approved targets are available worldwide through a number of suppliers.

What EST Systems work with Orion

Orion can receive shot data from the following EST Systems:

  • Sius via SiusData.
  • Megalink via MLRange.

Which scanners work with Orion?

Orion currently is available with, and supports, five scanners.

  • Canon P-208 is intended for home use or very small clubs.
  • Canon DR-C225 is best for small to medium size clubs.
  • Canon DR-C240 is best for small to medium size clubs.
  • Canon DR-M160II is best for medium to large size clubs.
  • Canon DR-6010C is best for medium to large size clubs

Orion also has deprecated support for the Canon LiDE 700F. While no longer available for retail sale, Orion continues to support the DR-C125, DR-3010C, and DR-4010C.

Other flatbed scanners and some automatic document feeder scanners may also work; however, Orion is not supported with any scanner other than the Canon P-208, C125, C225, C240, 3010C, 4010C, M160II, 6010C or 700F.

For customers who wish to try other scanners on their own, the basic scanner requirements are: it must scan in 24bit color, 300DPI, have a white or black reference color, save files in an uncompressed JPEG format, handle the heavier weighted 200gsm target paper, and are TWAIN compliant. Even when a scanner meets these requirements it may still not work with Orion. The reference color is the color of the shot holes when scanned.

Which scanner do you recommend for my range?

Choosing a scanner that meets your needs depends on four factors:

  • Are you a home or club user?
  • How many firing points does your range have?
  • How often you plan to use Orion?
  • What type of targets will you score using Orion?

Use the table below to help guide your decision.

P-208

DR-C225

DR-C240

DR-M160II

DR-6010C

Scanning Speed

Target scans per minute

About 6

About 20

About 25

About 55

About 55

Recommended Range Size (Rifle)

Number of Firing Points

1 to 4

1 to 12

1 to 30

8 to 40

8 to 40

Recommended Range Size (Pistol)

Number of Firing Points

1 to 4

1 to 8

1 to 24

6 to 30

6 to 30

Recommended Range Size (BB Gun)

Number of Firing Points

1 to 4

1 to 8

1 to 24

6 to 30

6 to 30

Weekly Use

Number of days

1 to 5

1 to 5

1 to 7

2 to 7

2 to 7

Air Rifle / 50ft Smallbore Targets

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

50m / 50yd. Smallbore Targets

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

BB Gun

Yes

Yes^

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air Rifle Single Bull Targets

Not Supported

Not Supported

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air Pistol Single Bull Targets

1 or 2 shots per bull.

Not Recommended

Not Recommended

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air Pistol Single Bull Targets

5 shots per bull.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

* The DR-C225 is supported for smallbore rifle scoring. However due to its design it produces more obvious errors than the DR-C240 and DR-M160II. The DR-C240 and DR-M160II is a better option, over the DR-C225, for smallbore rifle scoring.

^ As of version 2.3 of Orion, the Canon DR-C225 and DR-C125 are supported for BB Gun scoring.

The Canon DR-3010C, which remains the most widely used scanner with Orion, is no longer available for retail sale. The DR-C240 is its replacement model.

What type of computer is required to run Orion?

Orion runs on most Microsoft Windows operating system machines. Windows 8 64bit or Windows 10 64bit is recommended. Orion also supports Windows 7.

Orion no longer supports Windows XP or Vista. This is because Microsoft ended support for these operating systems.

Specification

Minimum Requirement

Recommendation

Processor Speed

1.3GHz i3 or better

2.6GHz

OS Type

32 bit

64 bit

Number of Cores

1

4 for Air Rifle Only, 8 otherwise

Memory

2GB

4GB

Hard Drive

150GB

300GB on a fixed hard drive

Hard Drive Type

Solid State Hardrive

Internet access is required to download and install the software. High Speed Internet access for day-to-day use of Orion is recommended but not required.

Will Orion run on a Mac?

Orion only runs on and is supported on Windows based computers. However, we do have customers who reported to us that they have successfully used Orion running in a Windows virtual environment on a Mac, using either VMWare or Parallels Desktop.

What kind of printer do you recommend with Orion?

There is no specific printer requirement for Orion. We generally recommend a laser printer over an ink jet printer due to the speed. A color laser printer is best, but a monochrome laser printer also works.

Some older ink jet printers have been known not to print barcode labels accurately enough to be read by Orion. We have also received reports that laser printers made by Brother do not work well with barcode labels.

How long will it take to get my order?

Once received, target and scanner orders are typically shipped the next business day. We ship orders UPS ground or USPS. Most orders are received within 2 to 4 business days, but please allow up to 7 business days for delivery. International orders may require additional time.

Orion licenses are sent via email. Customers who purchase an Orion license will receive a "Welcome to Orion" email usually within 1 business day. This email is very important and contains the license file and instructions on how to download and install the software.

Customers who need targets or licenses more quickly should contact us directly for expedited service.

Do you accept purchase orders?

Yes, we accept purchase orders from any government organization, including public schools.

We request a copy of the approved purchase order be emailed, faxed, or sent into us. Visit our contact us page for our contact information.

Do you collect sales tax?

Shooter's Technology is required to collect 6% sales tax in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Organizations and individuals in other states may be subject to applicable use tax. Tax exempt organizations in Virginia, please call us to place an order. We will need a Virginia sales tax certificate of exemption.

Do you accept International orders?

Due to shipping costs and trade regulations, sales of Orion Targets and Canon Scanners are limited to United State postal addresses; however, Orion licenses may be purchased by any customer worldwide. If a non-United States customer wishes to purchase an Orion license, they will have to provide their own scanners and targets.

For purposes of sales an APO or FPO address is considered a US address. In these instances, targets and scanners are sent via the USPS.

Will Orion score green pellets?

While Orion is intended to be used with flat headed lead pellets, Orion does have basic support to score rounded headed tin (green) pellets. Orion will be able to score round headed pellets with reasonable accuracy, provided that the shot hole is 2mm or greater in diameter. Gun and ammo combinations that can not produce these size shot holes may not be scorable with Orion.

The Canon 6010C does a better job of successfully scoring round headed pellets.

For more information about scoring green pellets with Orion, please visit How accurate is Orion when scoring non-lead pellets.

What is your return policy?

Unopened and undamaged scanners, targets, and accessories may be returned within 30 days of purchase. There is a 15% restocking fee plus the costs of shipping, including any return shipping. No refund is available past 30 days.

Software licenses are non-refundable once the End User License Agreement is accepted.