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Old 05-05-2008, 05:05 AM
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I had to move my center console late the other night, no moon and couldn't see much of anything. I am hoping somebody has a good reccommendation for a battery/accessory outlet powered spot light. I've looked in the West Marine catalog and was not to impressed with individual light reviews.
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Thanks for the reminder. I had a problem just like that several years ago, and haven't done anything about it! I was in a strange cove with no nav markers, a chart with too large a scale, mist, and a few lights from distant houses to confuse me. My spot light focused too tight to get a good idea of what I was seeing in the resulting white-out and it was so powerful that it used up its battery before I found what I was looking for. I got lucky and didn't break anything that time.
There seems to be a spotlight for every conceivable use, advertised by candlepower, with rarely data on beamwidth. I think a zoom feature would be good. LEDs are incredibly efficient, and the prices are really dropping. I wonder if a colored filter would cut through mist better.
I'm also looking at a low light camera, and I think I've found something that might work. http://www.swann.com.au/s/products/view/?product=318
Its a @$220 camera with IR flood built in that can see 50 meters in the dark, but its not a wide angle lens.

I also wonder if a night vision scope would have helped.
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I'd go to Wal Mart / Target / Sears and buy a Garrity or Brinkman 1-2 million candle power.

No more than $ 25.00 !
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You owe it to yourself to take a look at the 240 ML Blitz at Tufflights.com. It is alot of light for the money. I've got one of those fancy dual light remote control lights mounted on my 43' SF and it doesn't touch the power of the inexpensive little 240 Blitz I bought for coyote hunting! It weighs next to nothing, has an adjustable beam, is tough as hell, and will run for hours without putting a dent in a deep cycle marine battery. Red, green, blue, and amber filters are available for it too.

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