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Posted: 10/21/20 08:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kfp673 wrote:

Any recommendations? Looking for a strong spot light we can use when boon docking just to spot deer and other critters around the camp site. When I was a kid we used to go out late at night spotting deer and I loved it. Back then everything was rated in candle power. Now with the shift to LED it's lumens. Anyone have one they really like? Thanks!


We live on acreage close to forested areas, so we have a lot of wildlife at times walking around close by at night.

Over the years, I've gone out a lot at night walking the dog or checking things out, and I've discovered an outstanding way to spot animals at night:

I wear an LED headlamp that is adjustable from flood to spot with a twist of it's lens tube. I start out with it in flood setting and have discovered that - with a light source shining out from a position real close to your eyes (like a headlamp) - animal eyes reflect right back at your eyes from the light source mounted just above your eyes. I then reach up and twist the light's lens into the spot beam position so as to direct a high intensity bright beam right at the glowing eyes in order to see the animal's dark body (that may be many yards away) so as to determine what animal the glowing eyes belong to.

The headlamps I use cost only about $13 each, and they use only 3 AAA batteries for powering the LED bulb. I have two of them for backup in case one ever fails.

This technique is almost magical in how well it works - looking down at the ground I even see tiny bug eyes glowing brightly back up at me. If I bend down to take a closer look, I can see what tiny creature was looking back at my glowing headlamp!


Phil, 2005 E450 Itasca Spirit 24V

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