Skylite Mini - The ideal aviator's and sailor's flashlight; also useful for astronomers. Switchable between 2 red and 2 white LEDs. Black plastic body.
Rigel Systems' original astro flashlights, much imitated but never duplicated, are back! More compact at only 3.5 inches long, 2 inches shorter than water resistant version, and for a tiny price! Not water resistant (sorry there's only so much they could squeeze in), but all the other great features in a smaller, lighter case. LEDs are socketed so you can easily swap in different color LEDs instead of the included red LEDs.
- Ultra-bright red LEDs - The best and the brightest with lifetimes of 100,000+ hours, never break, and provide smooth illumination.
- Dual color LEDs - Red and White LEDs; perfect for reading star maps or as a normal flashlight.
- Thumbwheel Brightness Control - Dial up just the right amount of light and extend battery life.
- Energy Efficient - Up to 320+ hours at the dimmest setting, 12+ hours at the brightest, from one 9V Alkaline.
- Exclusive brightness regulation circuitry - keeps the LEDs shining bright as batteries age, unlike competitors LED flashlights which start bright but quickly fade.
- 9 Volt Battery & 20" neck strap included.
Nov 7, 2018
The best ( though not the least cost)Pros: Cons: Comments:
I am picking up astronomy after 50 years and collecting the essentials. My astronomy club insists we use dimmable red flashlights at star parties. I searched through numerous reviews on Amazon, CloudyNights and optics online stores and this one was usually rated highly. Very sturdy body, the lanyard means I won't lose it in the dark. It dims continuously from full to nothing and off with a rotary thumbwheel. The only weak spot is the switch for changing from red to white seems a little flimsy, tiny and sticks through a big hole in the side of the case.
Rigel claims to uses a LED with a longer wavelength than most flashlights to protect night vision. Can't say if this works but it is definitely different color than a freebie red flashlight that came with my scope. The low level of the Rigel is definitely lower than the 2 position freebie red flashlight and my variable red & white headlamp.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMar 21, 2018
Very CapablePros: Cons: Comments:
Works as advertised. I have one small comment though, the last one I owned had a “hitch” in the potentiometer that eventually failed. I still liked the size of the light so I bought another one but I see that there has been no improvement in the rolling switch so I am guessing this one will develop the same issue. I would still recommend this light, it just won’t last forever.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com
Whiskcat New Member
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Sep 16, 2014
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- Review by Whiskcat of Sammamish, WA.
Bright,Adjustable Beam,LightweightCons: Comments:
I like how this flashlight has a switch for either red or white leds. Both are bright when the dimmer wheel is turned up high or dim when turned down low. Its great for viewing star charts and looking for dropped eye caps or just getting around in the dark. The light can get really dim which is nice. I also like how the dimmer wheel turns the light on so you can start off on low power and increase the amount needed so I dont get blinded from the moment I turn it on.
The biggest con unfortunately is the flashlight is cheaply made. I feel the dimmer wheel isnt that smooth any more after only a few uses and it feels like it can break any moment now. The price wasnt too bad but still wish the quality was a bit better. There was a more expensive rigel flashlight thats about $25 or so that my astro buddy had but the wheel broke on his too. Guess when mine breaks I'll try a different light other than a rigel. Bummer.
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