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Re: USE OF FLOOD / SPOTLIGHTS

Unread postby okie » Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:42 pm

When we were in Satara in October, the couple in the bungalow adjacent to us used a spot and went chasing after Scops owls .
Every now and then the guy would shout, "here he is , come and have a look".
I eventually went to him, asked him could I look at his wonderful powerful light .
When he handed it to me, I shone it directly into his eyes and asked him how he liked it and did he realise that by shining it in the scop's eyes, it could mean the death of the most photographed owl in the world :evil: .
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Re: USE OF FLOOD / SPOTLIGHTS

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:55 pm

OMW! what did he have to say to that Okie? :whistle:
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Re: USE OF FLOOD / SPOTLIGHTS

Unread postby okie » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:44 pm

He thanked me :)
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Re: USE OF FLOOD / SPOTLIGHTS

Unread postby kallis1786 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:25 pm

Hi Elsa and Okie.

I totally agree that vehicle headlamps are necessary but does it actually affect the animal's eyes those headlamps.

We own a Nissan X Trail

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As you can see the 2 Lights I marked, Instead of turning on the Entire headlamps, My dad only turns on those 2 lights as it provides enough light to stop if there is an animal on the road but is not powerful enough as the main headlamp, but since my dad is the one that always drives, I will be going with a friend next year June without my Dad, so I was just curious,

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Re: USE OF FLOOD / SPOTLIGHTS

Unread postby johanrebel » Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:01 pm

Oryx wrote:Johanrebel, yeah it`s interesting, isn`t it, the fact that a red filter is a commercial non-starter. It actually means that possible damage to an animal`s eyes or a disturbance is of secondary importance to sightings for the elderly and video phtography. Makes one think!!
Yeah, that's why I wrote commercial non-starter.

Years ago, the rest camp shops sold a book called Kruger Park, Questions & Answers. One of the questions was why night drives were not allowed. I do not have the book to hand, so cannot quote the answer (will look it up when I get home next year), but the reason given was that it would cause disturbance to the animals. Then, all of a sudden, SANParks started offering night drives from all rest camps. Now that would not have been for commercial reasons, would it now?

Leaving aside the commercial aspects, the whole issue is still quite complex, both the damage and disturbance aspects.

I spend a lot of time observing animals at night on foot, and have found that animals generally are not much disturbed by the light at all. Makes me wonder whether vehicle size/noise/proximity are not more of a disturbance than the light.

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help which torch?

Unread postby jacquiandphil » Sun May 05, 2013 1:29 pm

We come to Kruger each year and just bring a lantern torch, fine for cooking, power cuts, and walking to kitchens in dark.
We wish to buy a torch in order to look in trees and over the fences when we hear intriguing noises, for which our lantern torch is of no use.
As we come from the UK we need the torch to be as light and compact as possible. There are so many on the web and we don't know what specifications we should look for ( brightness/ focusing/distance). We have no need of it apart from our Kruger trips so don't want to pay for top of the range. If anyone has a torch that they use for this purpose and can tell me the specifications of it, that will help me to make my choice. We've searched under "police torches" as these seem bright...
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Re: Spotlight recommendations?

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun May 05, 2013 6:20 pm

I have a Zartek LED spotlight which is rechargeable.....and very importantly comes with a red filter which does not affect the animals' eyes. It will last about 4 hours on a single charge and charges from car or AC power. It is not particularly light in weight, but then not nearly as heavy as many others either.
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Re: Spotlight recommendations?

Unread postby bethmary » Mon May 06, 2013 4:00 pm

We have just purchased the Zartek LED Spotlight,with red detectable lens, rechargeable battery and AC & DC chargers with 200 lumens, beam distance of 200 metres and 4 hour battery life. It cost R399 @ Outdoor Warehouse :):)

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Best compact torch I have ever used and affordable!

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon May 12, 2014 2:29 am

Hi all,

I travel to Kruger from overseas so I can't pack a bulky torch - I have been searching for the holy grail of torches: light, small, powerful and affordable! I think I have found it:

GEONAUTE ONbright 800 metal torch.

Bought one today and I'm so impressed with the brightness and range! Have any of you got one? This is going to be so useful in Kruger!

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Re: Best compact torch I have ever used and affordable!

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon May 12, 2014 6:12 am

Looks good Graham :thumbs_up:

I left my very expensive and good torch in Kruger when I went for the cricket :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: MM should only ever go the affordable route.
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Re: Best compact torch I have ever used and affordable!

Unread postby yoda » Mon May 12, 2014 9:12 am

Last December I bought a "cheap & cheerful" torch from P & P.
Wasn't as good as one of the named brands, but it did the job.

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Re: Spotlight recommendations?

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue May 13, 2014 12:08 pm

The link was understandably deleted to the 200 Lumen, affordable torch - I think the rules allow you to PM me for it if you're interested?
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Re: Spotlight recommendations?

Unread postby Elsa » Tue May 13, 2014 6:31 pm

Yes, please do send Graham a pm for any further details of the torch which does sound like a wonderful one to have. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Spotlight recommendations?

Unread postby Porridge » Tue May 13, 2014 9:24 pm

If you don't have a red filter on your searchlight, etiquette and the responsible rule is to illuminate the ground, the rump or the area closest to the animal in order to be able to see him or her. NEVER shine the light in the animal's eyes. That's very naughty ... :twisted:
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Re: Spotlight recommendations?

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Sat May 17, 2014 12:16 am

The LED Lenser is a nice device - have used several - I find that the Zartek rechargeable Flashlights are probably the best value for money you can get just now (I have nothing to do with them - just a very happy customer)

You get Flashlights that reach 200 to 300 metres and if you are going to use it for Game spotting get one with a red lens to protect the eyes of diurnal animals (Buck and similar). The units I use are rechargeable and can be charged form AC and from the 12V lighter socket I've had mine for 3 years and never a problem.

Maglite make some good LED Flashlights as well.


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