Astronomy Flashlight

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Intro: Astronomy Flashlight

For certain applications a red lensed flashlight can come in very useful. If you are looking at star charts or trying to get around the woods and want to not ruin your night vision, these are perfect.

This instructable makes one from parts you can find very easily and cheaply.

Step 1: Supplies

For this instructable you will need:
1. LED flashlight, the one i used is from a walgreens, you can get these lights for much less on ebay, about 99 cents.
2. Red Photography Gel, This was free from a photo store down the street they give away sample packs to students.

Step 2: Take Apart Your Flashlight

First you want to take apart your flash light, do this carefully, not all these lights are made to be disassembled.

Step 3: Cut the Gel

Cut the gel into a square that will fit into your lens. Then use the clear plastic from the flashlight to cut a circle the size of your lens.

Step 4: Rebuild Flashlight


Step 5: Results

Once the light is done go test it out, you should be able to see things and still have your night vision when the light turns off. If it seems too bright, you may need a deeper red.

This flashlight will be very useful on your next camping trip!

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    stephenniall

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I need one of these I never thought of this .. I thought of buying a flashlight and replacing the LED with red LEDS .. THis is easier and cheaper . Thanks :D

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    roseawebs

    2 years ago

    Your idea is great. Very useful if still it get at 99 cent ;)

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    Dr Frugal

    2 years ago

    I made one the exact same way but for a different use.. I used mine as a taillight for my bicycle using conduit hangers.. Here's a link to the Instructable I did for the headlights on my bike using conduit hangers.. (Can't remember if I included the break light in one of the photos) https://www.instructables.com/id/500-Bicycle-Headlight

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    michaelgc

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great Idea, think I will do this on a smaller edc light that I take camping with me...

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    i did this. except i couldnt get the photography gels so i used the plastic battery separator thingy that came with the flashlight. glad it was red haha

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    pdc4770

    8 years ago on Introduction

    With white LEDs the light is turned pink rather than red. That means less protection for night vision. A torch fitted with one of the old incandescent bulbs is better. In Britain, look for Quality Street sweets (I think Americans call them candies?) with red cellophane wrappers that are perfect. Good excuse to eat sweets too.

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    plugable

    8 years ago on Step 5

    Very useful, I have though this project might be more expensive. Thanks for the info!

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    solarblade90

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! I've been looking everywhere for something like this.

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    Sephiros

    8 years ago on Introduction

    If you were a ninja, you wouldn't have told me, or else I'd already be dead.

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    SephirosKellyTheAlien

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    I'd imagine that, unless you're a ninja, you'd pee with the lights on. Of course, if you're a ninja, you could see in the dark, and you certainly wouldn't need this instructable.