How do you guys see at night?

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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby t_baker » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:06 pm

duckr68 wrote:I mounted a IR security camera and a led display on my console. I can see 65ft in complete darkness. any object in the water glows light neon. works great...............

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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby handyandy » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:32 am

The IR camera is a pretty ingenious idea. I like using a hand held spot light may have to get a led spot light and mount it to a head band to free up my hand. I like head or hand held ones cause it always shines where you want it.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby Swanny » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:09 pm

I'm thinking of giving this a try http://www.thefirestore.com/store/produ ... 11-5-Long/
I have a handheld spotlight that works great, but sometimes I wish it had a wider beam.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby duckr68 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:51 pm

its a night owl 4 camera system from walmart. 299.00 comes with 4 cameras and 500gig hard drive. make sure to get the one that has 600tvl. I use 1 for navigation and 3 to record my hunts.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby Maxus-12 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:12 pm

I run a 12" led bar on the bow spot/flood combo and a handheld spot light lots of logs in the area I run


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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby tod0987 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:22 pm

Maxus-12 wrote:I run a 12" led bar on the bow spot/flood combo and a handheld spot light lots of logs in the area I run


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Thanks Duckr68. I'm assuming you're running an inverter to convert your DC to the AC system? Also I found the 8" screen you mentioned do you think it is possible to run just one camera and bypass the DVR? I have a go pro on a helmet I use to video, but do like the fact that you could get every angle, heck you could mount one on a longer cable and put it out in the water looking back at you.

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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby duckr68 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:56 am

I bought a 12dvc monitor one of those you use in your car for travel 9" works great. the cameras are 12vdc so the only thing you need a inverter for is the dvr. if you don't want to record you can buy just the monitor and cameras separate and you wont need a inverter.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby tod0987 » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:34 am

Thanks duckr68. :beer: Did some looking last night looks like a decent (not el cheapo) one camera setup (100' in the dark) with monitor would run around $175-200. Already went the nice HID conversion setup and they worked good in the yard but weren't that good on the water and eventually crapped out due to vibration. Here in NC its illegal to have a fixed light facing forward.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby MotoStar929rr » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:12 pm

Here's a pic of what I run on a 17x44 used from hunting missouri river to marshes. It's a pair of rigid dually in spot beam and a pair of rigid dually d2 in the driving beam. Notice the linkage in center of the housing. It is attached to a Ip67 rated linear actuator under the deck with a momentary-off-momentary switch at the back of the boat to control light pitch depending on load location, passengers/no passengers, on step or trolling. Makes it nice to have both hands free to drive. Still run a spotlight when I get close to where I wanna be, but Im really happy with the setup. I will say this, from my experience. If you plan to hunt open water or travel it to get to your hole, more long range spots are good IMO. Here I run the 2 spot beam duallys on the MO river, and it does pretty good. But I'd really like to have another one or 2 if I was moving quicker. The open water eats light up like crazy. If you mainly hunt timber and marshes, you might want more driving beam lights. I've heard the knock off lights are using lower tier LEDs and solder joints break easier too...I do know I'm happy with my rigid, but can't attest to any knock off light long term reliability or performance. They might be great, just liked idea of having a local guy to go to if I ever had issues. Good luck!
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby woodysniper » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:19 pm

I ran 1 of the vision x lights converted to hid, was going to run 2 but one of the ballast crapped out on me, did a great job of lighting up even with one, the eventual plan is to run 4 of them though.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby The Billcollector » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:45 pm

Here is what I run on my mud boat, and my airboat.

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