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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby BuffaloBul » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:14 pm

I have always been cautious when using my flashlight on animals but dont really know what the effects are on the animal :redface: . What is too bright :hmz: ? Can anyone shed some light on this subject :pray:
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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:28 pm

One guideline would be simple......if you cannot comfortably look into the beam of the torch, then do not use it to shine into the face of any animal! Their eyes are more sensitive to light than ours. Keep the light on their back, or on the ground in front of them using reflected light to view them.
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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby BuffaloBul » Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:58 pm

Thanks EJ
Didnt mean to sound so oblivious :tongue: sorry

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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:19 am

It diminishes the excitement of experiencing nature after dark if there are beams of light sweeping across my field of view , particularly at camps such as Biyamiti and Tamboti wich have an uninterrupted a view over riverbeds

I would vote that operators of spotlights , taxis and safari vehicles be sent for training in the responsible use of their weapons .
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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby Bushbuck » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:48 am

Hi, what do you people think of the Energizer Spotlight? For years I used a previous version of it, a big green one. It served me very well but stopped working after app. 10 years.

Would like to used it at places like Kgalagadi etc.

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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:20 am

I have got one Bushbuck.Will use it in KTP in Feb.
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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby Bushbuck » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:14 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:I have got one Bushbuck.Will use it in KTP in Feb.



Hi BB, have you used it before? How good = strong is the spotlight?

Anybody ever used the LED LENSER M7R or X21?

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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:35 pm

Once again a plea on behalf of the animals........

Their eyes are more sensitive to the light than ours, so if you cannot look into the light from your spotlight DO NOT SHINE IT INTO THE EYES OF ANY ANIMAL!
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Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:36 pm

I agree with EJ. I try to shine mine with the animal in the 'glow', not the main beam.

The Energizer I have does not have a great 'glow', but the main beam is quite strong. It will be interesting to see how I follow my own advice.
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Leisure Quip 3 Mill. Candle Power

Unread postby Bushbuck » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:43 pm

Who is familiar with the Leisure Quip 3 Mill. Candle Power Outdoor/Camping spotlight?

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Flashlights.....

Unread postby The Lynchies » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:58 pm

Hi all, Newbie here. we're visiting S.A. in March and have organised 14 nights in Kruger......cant wait !!

Part of our trip includes 3 nights at Tamboti and I wanted to get peoples thoughts regarding flashlights,

Hopefully, there is the possibility of wildlife patrolling the perimeter at night and it would be inconsiderate to your neighbours to turn night into day, but on the other hand it would be a shame to miss a sighting........what type of flashlight is suitable.

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Re: Flashlights.....

Unread postby Aquilla » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:51 pm

Howdy

Firstly, we call' Flashlights' , 'Torches' in these parts. Just in case there was any confusion.....

The new generation LED ones are definately the way to go. They are very powerful, the battery lasts forever and they are small. For years I religiously took my 5 Million Candle Power Torch to the bush....i recall hopping onto a night drive once with this beast of a torch....very proud I was and people stared in envy.....the laugh was on me though as it only lasted about 20 Min if that !!!

LED Lenser are the best i can assure you. Best of luck and enjoy.

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Re: Flashlights.....

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:55 pm

Hi the Lynchies and warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

I think if you use a normal type spotlight, the one you buy in most wildlife or camping shops and don't overuse it, you will not get any complaints.
Try not to shine it directly into any of the nocturnal animal's eyes but rather next to it and for shorts spells only.
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Re: Flashlights.....

Unread postby GlenD » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:34 am

Hi Lynchies and welcome

In adition to what Elsa has suggested, try and find one with a red filter attached to it, this also minimises the impact on animals eyes.

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Re: Flashlights.....

Unread postby oddesy » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:45 pm

Great suggestion GlenD re the red filter :thumbs_up: . When I did not have a proper filter I used some red cellophane and that actually worked quite well!
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