Bright Idea: SureFire Kroma LED Flashlight

S&T: Craig Michael Utter
You may think that a bright, white flashlight is a trivial accessory for amateur astronomers, but you’ll likely change your mind if you ever drop a critical screw or bolt in the grass while setting up your telescope in the dark. The new Kroma LED Flashlight from SureFire ($299) delivers two levels of dependable white light (one so bright it can “temporarily blind and disorient a person”) in addition to high and low levels of red and blue light. Any of the six settings can be activated with a momentary-on pushbutton or locked on for hands-free operation. Furthermore, the 5½-inch-long, machined-aluminum body with weatherproof O-ring seals is nearly indestructible in normal use. It’s not cheap, but it just might be the last flashlight you’ll ever need for astronomy.

Contact: SureFire, 18300 Mt. Baldy Circle, Fountain Valley, CA 92708; 714-545-9444; www.surefire.com

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