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    Red goggles, aka dark-adapting goggles, seem to be difficult to find.
    I've tried googling them, and mostly I get either ski-goggles or archived
    mailing list messages asking where to get red goggles.

    I guess they're less common now that submarines are nuclear powered and
    don't need to surface at night to charge batteries. (That was my first
    exposure to them--you'd wear them for a couple of hours before assuming your
    watch.)

    Red flashlights--
    I remember military flashlights that had red lenses in them. They came with
    clear, green and red lens inserts, they took 2 D cells, and the lamp was
    angled 90 degrees to the barrel of the flashlight. They had a clip on them
    so you could "wear" them and point them at whatever you were working on.
    Typically, they were olive drab, but not always.

    Who sells this stuff--anyone? Or am I becoming a dinosaur? Older than coal?

    Regards,
    Etok



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    Default Red Goggles, Red Flashlights <--Where to get them?

    > Red goggles, aka dark-adapting goggles, seem to be difficult to find.
    your
    with
    them
    coal?

    I had that exact flashlight that you just described but this was years ago.
    Sure wish I knew what happened to it.



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    >Red goggles, aka dark-adapting goggles, seem to be difficult to find.


    Orion has them i believe.

    -Florian



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    "bkiff" <bkiff@nothotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:IG7eb.12314$yU5.7074@nwrdny01.gnilink.net...
    archived
    ago.

    Right after I read your response, I located it!
    Don't know if it's got the red lens, though. But it's called N-47 here.
    I google searched for "military flashlight" in quotes.
    http://www.flashlightsonline.com/Military.htm

    LOL!!

    Etok



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    In message <3f79057f$1_3@news2.uncensored-news.com>, Etok
    <helloman@bogusnet.net> writes

    I don't know about in the USA, but in the UK a fairly decent pair of
    deep red filter safety spectacles are being sold in larger hardware/DIY
    stores for "laser" surveying site line contrast enhancement. They are
    pretty good at passing the red laser light but have very effective low
    pass filters.

    They are less perfectly like goggles than you might hope but are still
    good enough to allow you to go through white light without too much loss
    of dark adaption. The original military surplus kit must still be out
    there somewhere.


    Not sure I'd bother with a red flashlight these days. You can DIY a
    better red led based headband illuminator (or buy one from outdoors /
    caving supply places). My favourite red torch started out life as a rear
    cycle lamp before I transplanted a red led into it in place of a bulb.

    Of the available common torches rear cycle lights have the nicest beam
    pattern and once you swap the lamp for a led last for ages.

    Regards,
    --
    Martin Brown

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    Default Red Goggles, Red Flashlights <--Where to get them?

    > Red flashlights--
    with
    them

    I bought a small one of these at Target. It is a miniature version of the
    full size military one, except it takes 2 AA batteries. It even has a
    compass in the bottom that can be unscrewed. I compared the compass to the
    expensive ones, and it works well. It need to be removed from the flashlight
    in order to be accurate, but it works good.

    It came with several different colored inserts. I stuck in the red one, and
    a white one underneath.



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    Default Red Goggles, Red Flashlights <--Where to get them?

    As has been pointed out, the red goggles are available from Orion. The
    military crookneck flashlights are pretty widely available. I've seen
    'em in WalMart. Lots of camping type places sell them. I always put in
    the red lens along with a diffusion lens to soften and spread out the
    light. They aren't as spectrally pure as LED lights, but they're
    incredibly handy with the bent neck and belt hook, and almost
    indestructable. I made my famous red monogoggle out of parts from
    several old military crooknecks.
    Marty


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    "Florian" <Florian REM0VE T0 EMAIL@newsguy.com> wrote in message news:<blb1lb0rgk@enews4.newsguy.com>...

    Now that's a l-o-n-g URL. Might've helped bracketing it with "<" and ">".

    Simpler just to go to www.telescope.com and enter "5942" in the search box.

    A picture of 2 of mine can be seen here:

    http://www.thadlabs.com/ASTRO/MISC/AstroGoggles.jpg

    and what's nice about these are they can be worn over regular glasses, they
    are fully-enclosed (vs. red-lensed spectacles), and they have breather
    vents so they won't fog up. They're also very comfortable to wear and are
    constructed identically to the [clear] safety goggles I use when operating
    power tools.

    I keep 4 of these on hand for use at my backyard star parties; they really
    do prevent loss of dark adaptation when people need to go inside the house
    for a short while.

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    http://www.telescope.com/shopping/pr...iProductID=128



    Worked fine for me. I just clicked it in Outlook Express and it worked. ;-)

    -Florian



 

 
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