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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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby whamcam » Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:01 pm

duckr68 wrote: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.


What brand monitor did you get and where? I'm really interested in this type of setup. Thanks for the help!
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby herm1984 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:04 am

Seelite lights


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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby Boatman » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:37 am

Worlds best flashlight. 420 lumens, 500 meter beam length. That's more than a quarter mile. Until you try one at night you won't believe your eyes.

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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby MNGunner » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:42 am

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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby DuckMulisha13 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:52 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...............



Thats pretty bad @$$ man.....what kind of screen do you have it hooked too, and where did you mount that camera at?
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby ksgoosekillr » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:19 pm

I can see 1/2 mile plain as day

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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby mudpack » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:25 am

1448jonboat wrote:I have a hand-held spotlight that I turn on when needed, but mostly I run in the dark and just use moonlight to see.

+ 3. Nothing is more versatile than a hand-held.....and if I need a light, that's what I use. It's possible to see quite well at night where I hunt, even on a moonless night, with no lights at all, and I prefer to run that way.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby BigTerp » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:01 am

BigTerp wrote:
Drakenstien wrote:There's a thread on mud motor talk about converting some lights to hid's. I have done a lot of research and those are the brightest way for the cheapest.


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I just got done doing this conversion over the weekend. About $80 for 2, 35watt HIDs at around 3200 lumens each. Puts out ALOT of light. Will be using them on the water for the first time this Saturday.


I ran this setup the sencond half of the season and while night fishing this spring/summer. Works GREAT!!! I can't justify spending $300-400+ on a driving light setup when the above works just fine.

I also agree with Mudpack on the handheld. But for my setup a handheld is more of a nice suplement to mounted driving lights. My only problem with a handheld is since my boat is a stick steer setup and the captains seat is towards the bow of the boat I have to rely on my rear passenger to run the spot. It also causes some glare off the boat if they don't keep the beam up over the bow.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby WIgunner30 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:35 pm

goosie119 wrote:http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/110312

I have a rigid 10" e-series, expensive but worth every penny and you get what you pay for. I don't have any decent pics if it mounted on my rig, these are the best I can do.


Highly recommend the light bar goosie119 is running on his phowler. The led light bar is bright as hell in the dark. I will be putting the same bar on my new boat next spring. Right now I'm running two 6" halogen off road lights on my 1448mt w/ longtail
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby Podcast » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:59 pm

Droberts wrote:Thanks for the replies fellas. Think i am going to get a 12" LED light bar. I figure between that and a buddy up front using a hand held light that should be plenty of light. Once i get it in and on the boat ill post up some pics for you guys and see if i can get the DHC approval on it. Again thanks for the ones that gave me the information i was looking for! :beer:



goosie119 wrote:http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/110312

I have a rigid 10" e-series, expensive but worth every penny and you get what you pay for. I don't have any decent pics if it mounted on my rig, these are the best I can do.



This ^^^

I bought a cheaper rigid light, the dually maybe flood light. I can see 330 yards in front of my boat plus a good angle ta the sides of it from the flood light angle. It's only 3" tall plus it was only $120. I also bought the amber lense fer it so I can see in rain/fog. It's 1600 lumens and 3 times brighter than needed ta run at 30mph.

On top of that there's an outlet fer a spotlight up front and in the rear so a bud can spot er I can look ta the side if needed. I have 2 spot lights but found a hand held flashlight that outshines my 2 million candlepower spot lights and use that instead.
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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby talltimber » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:32 am

woodysniper wrote: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.


That's what I'm running. 4 Euros. Outstanding light setup and worth the money and time to do it.


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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby BigTerp » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:48 am

talltimber wrote:
woodysniper wrote: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.


That's what I'm running. 4 Euros. Outstanding light setup and worth the money and time to do it.


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How do you have your 4 setup? I have 2 and have them mounted to the front of my bow with rivnuts. The bases are installed so they can rotate 360 degrees using your hand for quick/easy adjusting. I take mine off after the season and put back on as needed for night fishing.
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Here they are shining down my driveway. The basketball on my trailer winch bracket is blocking a lot of the light though, but it's the only picture I have of them in action.
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How do you guys see at night?

Postby talltimber » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:02 pm

I've got the inside lights like you do, maybe a little closer together, and the out side lights mounted on brackets in the rail track slid all the way forward. All adjusted for a barely overlapping coverage way out there. I leave mine on year round. We jug some in the summer.

I have DOT tape on my jugs. I can see them a half mile I bet.

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Re: How do you guys see at night?

Postby Duck_Happy » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:50 pm

I use to run without lights but converted to an IR camera also for this year... Can't wait to test it out.
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