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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:14 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:28 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:58 pm 
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Thanks EJ
Didnt mean to sound so oblivious :tongue: sorry


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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:19 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
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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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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
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I have got one Bushbuck.Will use it in KTP in Feb.

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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
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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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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:35 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Spotlights/Torches - use of and advise
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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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Who is familiar with the Leisure Quip 3 Mill. Candle Power Outdoor/Camping spotlight?


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 Post subject: Flashlights.....
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:58 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Flashlights.....
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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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 Post subject: Re: Flashlights.....
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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.
Enjoy your trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Flashlights.....
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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.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Flashlights.....
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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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