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new night vision build

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by fetch, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. fetch

    fetch Member

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    In a previous post I showed my first night vision build, video below but having seen so many different designs I now want to try something different.

    What I am looking to achieve is night vision with inbuilt DVR to record HD videos of the shots I take. My list of parts are:

    1. Raspberry Pi (google it as it is not a food group)
    2. 16gb USB stick
    3. Raspberry Pi Noir camera
    4. 6000mha USB battery
    5. 3.5 TFT screen (cheap China reversing monitor)
    6. 16mm lens for the Pi camera

    Being the geek I am this is going to be ambitious to saý the least but I think it will give me what I want. The only thing I want to change is the way I mount the camera to 'see' through the scope as I think the my current way (again see video) is via a silicon hose but other designs appear to have a more robust version using a weaver rail type adapter.

    I intend to try and get this all built up and working by the end of this month but might be sooner if I can get the parts I need quicker.

    Any other considerations that I should make this time around?

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. Harwich Shooter

    Harwich Shooter Donator

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    Brantham near the Mud
    Welcome on board. DIY NV = untreatable addiction.

    I don't think your camera will be good enough for the job. Have a good look at the boards and camera specs/recommendations before you purchase.
    All the best.
  3. terry1001

    terry1001 Major Poster

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    The reversing monitors are almost always 12 volt, presumably your battery also has a 12v socket. There are some cctv type cameras about with hd resolution, they may have an hdmi output, possibly usb but I've not heard of anyone using one so far and I don't know what their low light performance is going to be like.
    For mounting the camera you could consider using the plastic waste pipe and fittings available from B&Q etc in different sizes and in black or white. If your scope has an internal thread on the eyepiece you can also use camera filter adapters, particulalry if the camera lens is also threaded - you will probably need about38/40mm between the rear glass of the scope and the front glass of the camera lens.
    You might also consider using one of the small dvrs which often have a reasonable screen and the ability to record in hd, this is usually limited to 720p but that will probably match the camera anyway.
    Have a browse around some of th 'fpv flying' sites where you should find some useful information on recorders ans also cameras although they tend to fly in daylight so don't have the need for good low light performance.
  4. SteveO

    SteveO Top Poster

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    My option is to use a standalone DVR which takes its video signal via a splitter from the other screen/cam, it tucks away in the battery pouch and can record up to 20GB of MP4.
  5. fetch

    fetch Member

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    terry already on the waste pipe size. I have got the initial workings done but I am still considering now the camera. Whilst the thought was to use the Raspberry Pi plug in version it is, as some pointed out, not up to the job. My mission really is to have a self contained unit with battery, screen and camera to just push on the scope. Here is my updated version for now. I need to order more parts.


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