Any body want to share their DIY Night Vision project?
Here is my latest;
This the next generation of my DIY Night Vision Scope. I redesigned the housing surrounding the camera body to affix the lens and make the entire unit rigged. Here is my drawing,
This was the hardest part not having a legitimate mill to work with.
It all came together nicely and will be ready to field test soon. Could use some pointers of how to get a decent finish on the housing though?
Here's the camera and lens which is a 120mm and not 150mm.
Here it is all camoed out and ready to mount on the rifle.
Finally got to range test my DIY night vision scope Frankenstein II. I mounted the scope on my newly acquired Armalite A10T 7.62 X 51mm. Oh this rifle is sweet to say the least. There was some concern the electronics would not stand up to the shock of a large caliber weapon so I was pleased I had no issues even after 40 rounds.
I discovered several things that I overlooked. 1st Forgot my spotting scope at home. 2nd. Was when you remove the IR filter from the ccd in the camera it becomes color blind. So the standard Alpine Orange targets were mostly invisible through the scope. Luckily I had a black Marks-a-lot and was able to draw a bulls-eye the scope's optics could pickup. The resolution is not quite what I hope for with the 120mm zoom lens and I will say 100yds is probably its limit. I was able to line up the target and put together a decent group but I question whether I will be able to distinguish a doe and a button buck at this resolution.
So here is what Franken II looks like on the A10T:
Here is target of 2, 3 shot groups. The first group are the top 3, the bottom 2 are after adjusting the POI down 1 pixel, there is actually 3 shots as two are basically in the same hole right above the bulls-eye.
So what you see cost a little more than $200 and my machine time. With IR illumination it can see in total darkness out to 200yds. Next up is a hog hunt in a few weeks, hope to have video for my next update.
Here is the build list.CAMERA BODY $38.00
700TVL SONY Enhanced Effio-E 4140 CCD Box Camera ATR Auto Iris OSDhttp://www.securitycamera2000.comMONITOR $20.31
3.5" TFT LCD Color Mini Monitor For Car Auto Rearview Monitor DVD VCR
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=m570.l3201&_nkw=3.5%22+TFT+LCD+Color+Mini+Monitor+For+Car+Auto+Rearview+Monitor+DVD+VCR&_sacat=0 LENS $72.87 2MCCTV 2M-5100A120mm AutoIris Varifocal CCTV lens $86http://www.ragecams.comCAMERA TO PICATINNY $17.95
See Through Tactical Riser Off set Mount PICATINNY RAIL Scope Flashlight Sight [1/2" Riser Mount 8 slots]
Mounts to bottom of camera bodyhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/See-Through-Tact...t-/221003118692ILLIMUMINATOR $150.00 Not Pictured
Custom UniqueFire T20 IR 940nmILLIMUMINATOR MOUNT $6.80
MODIFIED PICATINNY SCOPE MOUNT RAIL 13 SLOTS
Cut in half and attach to camera body to mount lighthttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Tactical-Picatin...=item51b16d48c9PIG TAIL $1.95
2 way Twin DC Y splitter Pigtail Cable
One leg goes to the camera the other to the monitorhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/111142203922BATTERY $52.60
YABO 12v UPS Battery 9800mah Lithium Ion Battery for CCTVhttp://www.amazon.com/Hiyadeal-Portable-...attery+for+CCTVBATTERY POUCH $11.88
VISM by NcStar Stock Riser with Mag Pouchhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OAAHTA/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1CAMERA INCLOSURE $12
2.5" x 2.5" x 1/4"WALL Square Aluminum TubeMONITOR BRACKET $4.00 Ace
Hardware 1/2" band Iron
4ea 8-32 1/2" cap screws $1.60
Attach camera to Picatinny Brackets
4ea 8-32 1/4" cap screws $1.60
Attach the monitor bracket to monitor and camera body
2ea 1/4-20 1/2" flat socket screws $0.80
Attach camera to Picatinny Brackets
1ea BNC to RCA adapter
1ea BNC 90 Degree Coupler