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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby kujo » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:36 am

I bought a Zartek rechargeable spotlight a few years back, cost about R350 -R400... AC/DC Chargeable with a Beam Distance of about 200 metres.

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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby Bennievis » Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:40 am

I have had two rechargeable spotlights during my "spotlight career" and were very disappointed with both, after a while the recharge did not last long, about 5 or 10 minutes and then kaput (I'm starting to suspect my friends buys me rubbish presents).
So I gave it up altogether.
Must admit I drool when I see those huge spotlights in Cape Union Mart, but it won't fit into the car (and budget) :roll:
a good spotlight can help so much, so I enjoy the tips on this thread :thumbs_up:
For now, I have about four of those LED head lamps and dish them out to the family when we are in the Park, fantastic to use during a braai and to shine in front of you when carrying the food from the braai to the hut - not to step on a puffy.

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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby brogan » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:16 am

DON'T BUY ONE OF THOSE "GUN HOLD/TRIGGER' SPOTS!!! they are useless and they last for about a year, even after looking after it (putting back in box once finished using it and charging it properly before using it, it still broke...well "they" broke.
Rather go for the traditional "maglight" style torch/spot..my father got a R1 500.00 voucher for outdoor warehouse and so bought a torch that is like the maglite....but a billion times brighter, as well as a LED headlight with an infra red bulb to...will never touch the "GUN HOLD/TRIGGER" spot again.

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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby Rooies » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:35 pm

Is it allowed to shine a spotlight from camp? I have never used one so it will be interesting to know. If a hundred people use spotlights at the fence, it will resemble a scene from the second world war over Dresden.
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:39 pm

Most unpleasant , in my opinion , to see light paths sweeping over your line of sight when enjoying the peace & quiet...
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby bert » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:50 pm

There is no rule about shining a spotlight in camp
I use it sometimes when i think i hear a owl in the tree above me.
But i am lazy in the evenings, so its al from my chair

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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby Rooies » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:10 pm

@ Ndloti. I agree with you 100%. In fact, at a private reserve where I often go to, you can be fined up to R1500.00 for using a spotlight in camp.
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby carmencheetah » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:21 pm

Thanks for all the comments so far keep them coming in - still have some time to decide:)

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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:22 am

Darkness is a chance for them to be on their own , unmolested by the public ... one should consider the animals above the satisfaction gained from viewing them , even though they cannot talk give them the benefit of the doubt that there is a possibility that they find spotlights intrusive.
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby DrPhil » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:58 am

I take my spotlight with me where ever I go camping.
But in the park I never use it except for once when the night drive didn't have enough the one blew a bulb.

It really depends what you want to use it for.
If you want to use it only when you are at your vehicle then I would say stay away from rechargeable spotlights with batteries.
You can get a 12V halogen light for much cheaper with a lot more juice. :big_eyes:

You can even use it to cook if you have to :tongue: .
Just be careful you might start a fire if you shine to close to the car.

Get a nice strong spotlight and a good torch. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby luislang » Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:51 pm

Well seeing that Sanparks have introduced night drives that uses spotlights for the visitors to be able to view ndlotis (servals) :) and other nocturnal active animals then surely I am also entitled to use my Australian made LIGHTFORCE spotlight from my abode next to the fence with a view that I have paid extra for the privilege.
I have never used it in such a way to be annoying to others or to blind animals such as bushbabys.
The fact that I have it actually have given other visitors pleasurable experiences of being able to see animals they would not have been able to see and photograph and it also came in handy on night drives when a knowledgeable person and experienced eye of the bush were in control of an extra spotlight.
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:10 am

Please remember that the spotlights used on SANparks drives are limited in light strength to avoid too much stress on the animals and in number for the same reason.
Guests may not use their own lights on these drives because of the problem of brightness and number of lights (imagine a drive where everyone has their own light!).

If you are going to use your own light around camp make sure it is not too bright, or has a red filter.
If you cannot bear to look into it then do not shine it on an animal as their eyes are even more sensitive.

The very bright lights are used by hunters to stun the animals.
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby WarrenP » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:02 am

I agree with ecojunkie's post that makes sense.

I have heard that certain species are affected if you shine the light the in their eyes as their eyes take long to re-adjust to the night vision. Stressing them out, and making them susceptible to becoming prey!

So if you gonna shine lights use them responsibly, and dont shine into their eyes.
Maybe someone with knowledge can clear this up for us.
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:10 am

Most animals have more light-collecting cells in the retina than we do - that is why they can walk about in the dark when we cannot. They also have a layer of crystals behind the retina which reflects light back into the eye allowing them to make even more use of the low light available at night - that is why we get such a good eye-shine using spotlights. This makes them hugely sensitive to our bright lights.

Always keep your light away from the face of the animal if you want to watch it.
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Re: Spotlight to recommend??

Unread postby threedogs » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:57 am

Thanks for the extra information ecojunkie.
I am always worried about people with very bright spotlights and the negative impact it can have on the animals.
In Etosha NP on night game drives the vehicle only uses low beam at all times.
When we spotted an animal the driver would often turn the lights off completely and the spotlight was only used by the driver and with a red filter at all times. (They only use the small game vehicles not trucks)
I felt this was a much more sensitive way to be out and about at night in a park.
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