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Old 01-05-2017, 12:31 AM
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There's been many that have figured out ways to light up their screen on the AT Pro, but I thought I would give it a shot also and see how this idea works...

Not to hijack IceScratcher's thread, but I did his baby bumper mod onto the ATP last week and it was outstanding. For those that haven't seen it...
https://metaldetectingforum.com/showthread.php?t=168564

It seems much more able to take a drop when the detector decides to fall sideways and hit the dirt with less fear of cracking or breaking now. Thank you again, Ice, awesome mod!

I also saw Tystick and Ice have nightlites for their Pros, kinda poxied onto the control box to light up the screen. Well, I thought about this and just exactly how much light might be needed to just get a glance but still be covert enough not to draw unwanted attention while night hunting...

And with the new baby bumper option, I think there is just enough room to snuggly slide and hold one of these on the right side of the control box under the bumper.
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3 for $5 so you can't really go wrong if they don't work and if they did, then $5 well spent and 2 backup units leftover. Not very good reviews for book night lights, but I saw them about a month before Christmas and asked my wife to get them for me as a "stocking stuffer" type gift. Well, they shortly were COMPLETELY freaking sold out everywhere, and I mean everywhere...couldn't order them and they are either sold out or got pulled off the shelves. I just happened upon 1 way overpriced unit that I found today and ordered just to test them out and see if it'll work.

If that fails, I have a backup plan too. Don't laugh, but this little blue guy was the next best thing I could find cheap. Plus he might just scare off the hooligans should they happen to approach in the wee hours of the night...



Let's hope option 1 works, or blue man is coming with me!

I'll update this once they arrive and are tested out... fingers crossed!

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Old 01-05-2017, 10:48 AM
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I tell you MrN, thats a pretty sweet little backlight there! I tried all sorts of backlight things when I was new to this Sport to light up a screen...then after a while, I discovered the quicker you just forget about looking at that screen the better!

This is an Audio based Sport, our ears are way more faster and much more accurate than our lying eyes...A guy can go out in the dark and hunt blind with no problem...sure its nice to have some sort of soft light to adjust settings if need be, but a cell phone works fine for that...

Hunting dark has some GREAT advantages!...Nobody can see you, and sneak up on ya, and you can see the silhouettes of anybody approaching...a guy hunts Heads up and just uses their ears to locate targets...All a guy needs eyes for is driving to a location...

That tiny AtPro screen is about worthless anyway, even in full daylight, and thats a good thing, it taught me to hunt by sound in a heads up fashion, day or night...My key ring has a bright LED beam that I can and will use to blind anybody on approach...
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:22 AM
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I just use a headlamp. It's adjustable from really bright to a dimmer light to a red light. The light is where you look from the screen on your detector to the hole that you are digging.

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Old 01-05-2017, 11:50 AM
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I agree with you, Mud, it is audio based but I like to cheat a little since I'm still getting used to the At. I hope that baby light works somewhat and doesn't just create glare, then it will be useless. I've seen a mod where a guy broke into the control box and soldered a little led light under the screen but I'm not that brave yet still being within warranty. I also try to carry the least amount of tools necessary, so if this will stay afixed then it's a win.

I have another small hand light my wife bought me for Christmas...
http://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-pd3...Fda6wAodXSoMoQ

You want to talk about blinding? Try 1,000 lumens strobing right at you. Trust me, you can't see shyte! (except sunspots for about 45 min afterward...yeah, I had to try it out! )

I also did the 1/2 inch pipe brackets fastened onto the speaker screws around the shaft under the control box mod as well. It is super sturdy and rock solid now. Much like you - my equipment is made for use and takes some abuse, and I need it to just work when I use it.

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I just use a headlamp. It's adjustable from really bright to a dimmer light to a red light. The light is where you look from the screen on your detector to the hole that you are digging.
I'm trying to stay away from drawing attention to me. Headlamp or hatlight is a good choice, but too easy to see by others around when not trying to draw attention to yourself.

Also just got the At Pro headphone adapter to 1/4 plug, now trying to find a one piece earbud with volume control so I can hunt with one ear and still hear everything around me as well. Lots of research trying to make it my own.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:40 PM
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Okay, my backup idea arrived and works but is slightly goofy looking (don't laugh ). Actually, it doesn't just work...it works GREAT, but is brighter, probably will attract more attention than the 1st option of the 1 led light (hasn't arrived to be tested out yet) because it is so bright...





^ here he is strapped under IceScratcher's baby bumper mod, and he ain't going nowhere. The mod keeps him tucked on tight! His body is bendable and posable but his head isn't which isn't a big deal because it would just block part of the screen anyways. Easy on/off switch on the back of his head and I imagine the batteries included are the cheapest possible but they still work great (just expecting better brand batteries are probably more reliable, but the included ones have been good so far).

Out to the field we go (front yard because it's freaking FREEZING outside! )....



Slowly rotating angle from showing in front of light to behind light to show glare effects on screen...





As you can see, not much glare whatsoever. The black matte finish under the screen seems to absorb the light instead of reflecting it which is good. I'm actually very surprised this works as well as it does, it was just a cheap fail safe idea to try out, but relieved to know at least the backup option is a valid one for lighting up the AT Pro screen at night easily. Now I wonder if I can just paint this rediculous blue man black to match everything else...
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Old 01-07-2017, 11:34 PM
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I use a headlamp on night hunts.

It's about seeing the ground in front of you and doing the correct overlap in the swing.

As mentioned, it's all about the audio.

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Originally Posted by MrNovice View post
Okay, my backup idea arrived and works but is slightly goofy looking (don't laugh ). Actually, it doesn't just work...it works GREAT, but is brighter, probably will attract more attention than the 1st option of the 1 led light (hasn't arrived to be tested out yet) because it is so bright...
ust paint this rediculous blue man black to match everything else...
Where did you get the lil' blue guy and how much? I need some prize ideas for work and that fits the bill. FWiW, My google shopping search attempts failed.

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Originally Posted by MrNovice View post
I'm trying to stay away from drawing attention to me. Headlamp or hatlight is a good choice, but too easy to see by others around when not trying to draw attention to yourself..
The red light in my headlamp isn't that easy to see at night from a distance.

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After looking in different stores, and not being able to find that bookmarker type light
And looking at all the other types of lights, and ideas presented here.
The "solution" is quite simply stupid.... (The Velcro arm cuff )
I attached one of those ball cap type clip lights to the Velcro arm cuff.
The light shines right down your swing arm onto the pro's face ,
if it is to bright, just cover the bulbs with electrical tape, or a dap of paint
These ball cap lights come in a variety of lighted colors,
white, red and green,
So expirement....
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I still like the idea of that rubber bungi bumper
a protective aide for cover housing face plate
I've more than a few times whacked it
& thought that I might've cracked it
The blue man is clever too
having a hunting pirate partner with you on those dark spooky nights,
can make one feel a little more at ease......

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Default At Pro nightlite and earbud.

Since we're discussing add-on light sources, what about this?

Credit Card-Size Pocket Magnifier with LED Light 1.5x & 4x - Tough Polycarbonate Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009SE8KII..._7hyMybSMMDXZ0

You could either try affixing the entire card onto the display panel, or see about separating the light unit itself from the card and attaching that instead.


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Old 02-07-2017, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by CJayC View post
Since we're discussing add-on light sources, what about this?

Credit Card-Size Pocket Magnifier with LED Light 1.5x & 4x - Tough Polycarbonate Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009SE8KII..._7hyMybSMMDXZ0

You could either try affixing the entire card onto the display panel, or see about separating the light unit itself from the card and attaching that instead.


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That's a good idea. I think you're onto something there!
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