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General Category => Airgun Hunting => Topic started by: Alan on April 10, 2018, 05:43:26 AM

Title: Varmint Lights
Post by: Alan on April 10, 2018, 05:43:26 AM
One of the ads which popped up here recently was this one: https://allpredatorcalls.com/coyote-light-red-led-adjustable-focus-zoom-beam-long-range-hunting-light/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0I-Tt9iv2gIVlIx-Ch2O9AfiEAEYASAGEgJsM_D_BwE

Seems to me that 2.5 pounds of weight, and a $400 price tag, would scare a lot of folks away, including myself—maybe! I also wonder about mounting them atop the scope for obvious reasons. Yet, looking at some of the YouRube (pun intended) varmint videos, it would appear they're popular. And so are the various multi-color models of the Fox varmint lights. Since I don't use (or own) any of these fancy-dancy LED lights, I wonder about their effectiveness? In comparison, I do own a decent night vision scope. Since there is no visible (or invisible light if the IR is off) emissions, it seems to me a night vision scope has the advantage. This said, I also notice while watching YouRube, that handheld night vision monoculars are (seemingly) a prerequisite.

If you're a night time hunter, any comments about these expensive lights, would be appreciated.

Dunka!
Title: Re: Varmint Lights
Post by: steveoh on April 10, 2018, 10:04:42 AM
I have a cheap green led varmint light that I got from eBay. This thing is bright. The charger sucks since it broke within a couple weeks, but I'd say it's a good deal and should work fine for a varmint light.

Of course I don't use it for shooting rats because it's too bright for the backyard. The hot setup is an L.E.D. Infrared Flood light pointing to the feed stations, and used in combination with the ATN, everything is lit up. Nothing escapes my view!

Not exactly the same light, but pretty close:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tactical-Mount-Rifle-Green-LED-Hunt-6000lm-Weaver-250yards-Flashlight-Picatinny/132204924119?var=431536459753&hash=item1ec8070cd7:m:mhwl7VHFG2kjg6_3afgDgsA
Title: Re: Varmint Lights
Post by: steveoh on April 10, 2018, 10:08:03 AM
oh, and the Infrared flood:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6K407Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Title: Re: Varmint Lights
Post by: Bullfrog on April 13, 2018, 10:42:44 PM
oh, and the Infrared flood:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6K407Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That was a great find Steve. I've never seen that before. I ordered me one and it came in today. I have a bunch of 12V batteries with solar panels. I can put these arrays all over my property at camera and bait stations to give my cams and night hunting optics a boost. In fact, I have a very old but very expensive Buckeye camera that had its array die on me after 10 years of service. I just tried it paired with this flood light and now I got good night pics again.

For a scope light, I use this:

http://www.predatorhunteroutdoors.com/wp-site/index.php/product-category/hunting-lights/nightsnipe-fixed-lights/

I bought mine back when the company was smaller and I think I got the Class 3 setup for just over $100. Its been a great light. The batteries last for many hours and hunts. I have green and red lights. I've found that although the green gives me better night video, many animals can in fact see it to limited degrees. Very few animals can see the red. Sometimes rabbits and bobcats act like they can see the red. Most other varmints, deer, and hogs, cannot.
Title: Re: Varmint Lights
Post by: Tater on April 14, 2018, 02:11:08 AM
oh, and the Infrared flood:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6K407Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6K407Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Nice find Steve. IR camera's IR seem to have narrow beam. That would light up the whole area.
Title: Re: Varmint Lights
Post by: Tater on April 14, 2018, 02:11:55 AM
oh, and the Infrared flood:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6K407Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6K407Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Nice find Steve. IR camera's seem to have narrow beam. That would light up the whole area.
Title: Re: Varmint Lights
Post by: kkarmical on April 15, 2018, 12:57:28 PM
This is the one I'm going to end up with.  Have several of the cheap ones that I have picked up that worked for what I need, but I want to upgrade and I've had my eye to on this one.  They're cheaper online at other places including Midway, so when I get my next discount code or find them anywhere for $120ish I'm pulling the trigger...

http://www.longdistancelight.com/od40mm-illuminator-kit/
Title: Re: Varmint Lights
Post by: steveoh on April 15, 2018, 02:16:34 PM
oh, and the Infrared flood:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6K407Q/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That was a great find Steve. I've never seen that before. I ordered me one and it came in today. I have a bunch of 12V batteries with solar panels. I can put these arrays all over my property at camera and bait stations to give my cams and night hunting optics a boost. In fact, I have a very old but very expensive Buckeye camera that had its array die on me after 10 years of service. I just tried it paired with this flood light and now I got good night pics again.

For a scope light, I use this:

http://www.predatorhunteroutdoors.com/wp-site/index.php/product-category/hunting-lights/nightsnipe-fixed-lights/

I bought mine back when the company was smaller and I think I got the Class 3 setup for just over $100. Its been a great light. The batteries last for many hours and hunts. I have green and red lights. I've found that although the green gives me better night video, many animals can in fact see it to limited degrees. Very few animals can see the red. Sometimes rabbits and bobcats act like they can see the red. Most other varmints, deer, and hogs, cannot.

Bullfrog, I have a video of a Skunk attacking an Arlo Pro camera as the Infrared light comes on. So as subtle as those tiny bit of red/IR lights are, the skunk saw it and felt threatened. So... not all critters are insensitive to the red to Infrared spectrum.