Spot lighting

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Spot lighting

Post by HereSkip » 20 Nov 2018, 7:06 pm

Righto gent's as i sit here deliberating over on what door set up im going to run for solo shooting missions I've come to the choice of spotlight.

I know what you're all thinking, "just buy a spotty and be done with it"

Well problem is Its not who what or how much it's what would be best for 150-200 meters and not scare off roo's etc

Are roo's skittish with too much light or just go for a big led and blind the barstard before shooting? whats the general consensus ?

TLDR LED or HID what's better for spotlighting :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by zobster » 20 Nov 2018, 8:27 pm

Personally I prefer old style halogen with a red filter.
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Post by Kelsey Cooter » 20 Nov 2018, 8:41 pm

zobster wrote:Personally I prefer old style halogen with a red filter.


+1 I find the good ol halogen much better
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by marksman » 20 Nov 2018, 9:17 pm

zobster wrote:Personally I prefer old style halogen with a red filter.


+1 and a green filter :thumbsup: :drinks:
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by Stix » 20 Nov 2018, 10:56 pm

I dont knock many roos, but i do often play with them sometimes while out flicking a light around.

My experience tells me they are less spooked by halogen.
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Post by marksman » 21 Nov 2018, 8:15 pm

Stix wrote:I dont knock many roos, but i do often play with them sometimes while out flicking a light around.

My experience tells me they are less spooked by halogen.


I agree :drinks:
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Post by bigfellascott » 21 Nov 2018, 8:21 pm

I've used quite a few different set ups and if I use the HID I just keep the roos in the very edge of the light until ready to shoot em but I do agree that the Halogen is better suited to them and bunnies for that matter, they just seem to be less disturbed by them.

Another option that might suit is one of the Javalots and run it on a lower power setting once you find em and pretty sure their hunting kit comes with red and green reflectors to. It just depends on how you want to work it all as to what will suit you better.
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by zobster » 21 Nov 2018, 8:31 pm

marksman wrote:
zobster wrote:Personally I prefer old style halogen with a red filter.


+1 and a green filter :thumbsup: :drinks:


dumb question, i know, but what does the green filter do?
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Post by marksman » 21 Nov 2018, 8:42 pm

the filters are to try and not spook the game
I use a red and green filter on my o-light javalot as well as my roof mounted power beam
the power beam has a red and green filter from a lightforce spot light on it
my set up is so the animal is at the edge of the light like bigfella :drinks:

a blue filter is for following a blood trail apparently
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Post by SCJ429 » 21 Nov 2018, 8:47 pm

marksman wrote:the filters are to try and not spook the game
I us
e a red and green filter on my o-light javalot as well as my roof mounted power beam
the power beam has a red and green filter from a lightforce spot light on it
my set up is so the animal is at the edge of the light like bigfella :drinks:

a blue filter is for following a blood trail apparently


I never knew this about the blue filter, nice one.
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by bigfellascott » 21 Nov 2018, 8:51 pm

Some even put a hole the size of say a 20c piece in their filters which still throws good light and not so bright either, I really should try this on my HID to see if it makes much diff or not, mind you my HID doesn't seem as white in colour like others. :unknown:
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by duncan61 » 21 Nov 2018, 9:02 pm

when I was pro shooting I set up in a different way from most in that I would drive around with a handheld and I had the standard narva vehicle spotlights set up pointing at 15 degrees off centre as that was the best angle for me out the drivers seat with a door rest.When I picked a roo to shoot I would flick high beam on and the spotlights would come on.I had the spreader on the bottom and the long beam on top.If the roo moved I could just drive and keep it in the beams you can tell when they are going to put the brakes on and I would wait till they stopped and crouched and do them in one smooth action.Roof mounted spotlights you need 2 people as I found they keep flopping around when you have to move.When its time to hit the hwy you just turn the spotties back to normal.I always crossed the beams as well.2 things happened when I had a roof mount after some time your arm starts to hurt and if you forget when you get to about 80 kms\hr the wind gets it and slams the handle forward
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by duncan61 » 21 Nov 2018, 9:40 pm

In the Gascoyne they are red roos and I could get within 50 metres as it is remote and they may see a few station vehicles culling down south they are shot at a fair bit and its hard to get closer than about 150 metres If its raining they will stand around and if its cold the same you should be O.K.in Tassie.Enjoy the learning curve
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by Blr243 » 23 Nov 2018, 12:55 pm

I just hit them with a lot of light. But I’m real fast about getting the rifle into position for the shot. I don’t stuff around I use a quad with 180 degree rests. The rifle is safely cradled but real accessible I want the projectile on it’s way before they start to start thinking about turning away and hopping off
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by duncan61 » 23 Nov 2018, 11:29 pm

a slow count to 3 is all you get on western greys down south.when i drive others they need to be ready and get it done or i knock of early and its all over.A quad would be super cool
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by Bruiser64 » 24 Nov 2018, 1:00 am

I use a quartz halogen Lightforce SL240 Blitz. In some places the Roos won’t let you get close and in others they will stand for a while. I am down in the far south of WA. They don’t tear off particularly quickly when the light hits them.
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by duncan61 » 24 Nov 2018, 1:17 am

you get some big boys down there
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Re: Spot lighting

Post by brinny » 14 Dec 2018, 8:07 pm

Get a thermal scope and no more light troubles..... :thumbsup:
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