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OVL Dual Beam Astronomers Torch


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  • ASIN: B0039ZTG8K
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Futers on 17 Oct 2012
Smart but essential piece of Astronomy kit.
I've owned one of these for 7 years, now, and have gone through 3 PP3 batteries in that time. The only problem I've experienced with mine was after about 5 years when the brightness control decided to pretend it wasn't there. As the whole torch comes to pieces when you're changing the batteries: I removed the pcb and found a poor contact where the control is soldered onto the board. A drop of fresh solder and a touch of silicone grease to the contacts and it was as good as new.
I don't remember paying that much for mine; although it may have come as part of a package I received from O.V.L. when I bought an eyepiece and filter kit from them.
The red light is essential for keeping your night-vision during an observation session and the adjustable brightness is beneficial in only giving the amount of light you require for any given task (brighter for reading/writing less for finding lenses/filters etc).
There are many red LED torches and head-torches but few with an adjustable light output; most of them mean finding the red light by first going through a series of increasingly dazzling white lights (defeating the point of having the device in the first place: i.e. to preserve dark adapted vision). This torch can be switched between red and white by a seperate switch, if needed.
I have seen a couple of negative reviews of this device all to do with the "feel" of the torch but in my experience it performs well (even in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Centigrade!). I have found I get 2 seasons use out of each battery and can't fault its operation. Only advice I would give is to remove the battery at the end of the viewing season and it may be an idea not to drop it onto concrete!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eddie on 8 Sep 2011
Having paid £17 for a torch I was expecting something that feels well made and robust. What I received is the total opposite. This product feels cheap like something you would buy in a pound shop.

You can actually feel the internals of the torch moving around when you use the switch or brightness wheel. I don't expect that it would survive any kind of drop.

Imagine how well built and solid a 'Maglite' torch feels. This torch is the exact opposite of that.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Welsh Mat on 18 Nov 2010
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The white light beam is more than bright enough, and more importantly the red beam is powerful enough to easily read a star chart in very low light conditions.

As stated the torch comes with a free battery, it takes standard 9 volt batteries. The reason for the inclusion is that there is no quick battery access pannel. You will need to open up the torch to replace the battery. The screws are all very small phillips heads, that are quite deeply sunken into the torch. So you will need a very small yet long screw driver to get it open, a jewelers screwdriver would be recomended for this. I would not recomend trying to change batteries in the field.

Over all this is a good torch that should have a 5 star rating, but the difficulty of replacing the battery is the one flaw that lets down this product. If you can cope with the battery problem then it seems like a good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allan on 17 Nov 2011
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I am a keen amateur astronomer and I require a good torch. This one fits the bill perfectly. One fault, just a little niggle regarding the battery replacement method. Awkward would sum it up. Nontheless, great performer in the field and bright enough to read the charts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MAS on 13 Oct 2011
This is the second Sky-watcher LED torch that I have owned in a year and just like the first it feels cheap, flimsy and rattles when gently shaken. The first torch died a slow death after not too many uses and it was time to change the batteries.

An easy task you might say, simply undo the three small philips screws with a long (watchmakers) screwdriver to get access to the battery/ies - I haven't ever managed to get one open to see what is inside. Not only could I not open the torch but three others astronomers at my local society couldn't manage it either, the screws would not budge and it went into the bin. A family member asked me what for a small thank you gift and I asked for a new red LED torch to replace my old one. They gave me another sky-watcher LED Night Vision torch.

It worked reasonably well until It needed to have the batteries changed and the same problem occurred again and like the first, it was thrown into the bin. Other astronomers that I have talked to have had similar experiences with this product and a cynic might say that it is manufactured this way to keep you buying new ones. Like many amateur astronomers, I now avoid this product like the plague as it is a waste of money, badly made and leads to much frustration. Save you money and buy a decent LED red torch.
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