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Problem with focus on camera set-up. So frustrating!! Help!!!

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by Jam1e, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Jam1e

    Jam1e Active Member

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    Hi folks,

    I've got a Sony DCR-DVD92E attached to my Hawke 6X42 Reflex using a No. 5 flip-up and a 30-46 step-up adapter.

    This set-up is for close up rat shooting between 5-20 yeards. Now it works well at around 35 yards but as i get closer it starts to go out of focus and at 15 yards is totally blurred. :confused:


    I'm not a "techy" bloke but why doesn't the camcorder bring it clear with auto focus???
    Could it be that it's focusing on the rectical and not the object i'm trying to see?? :(

    Or, is it the fact that my scope is a fixed PX and doesn't have AO??:(

    Any help or advice would be appreciated......
     
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    Hi Mate,

    I am not an expert with Video Cams, but I think you have to have auto focus off and also image stabilser.

    I think this could well be your problem.The rest of the set up is a mixture of paralex and "fast focus" adjustment.
     
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    Take it off auto focus and set to manual. Then focus onto your cross hairs.

    ken
     
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    First off, thanks for all the help folks, much appreciated.
    I've found the manual focus.
    But now have another problem. I can either focus in on the recticle or on the object i'm looking at. But not both. Which ever i focus on the other is out of focus. However, this only happens when i am looking at objects close in. Say 10 yards. The recticle and object come clear at around 35-40 yards.
    Any ideas folks??
     
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    I assume you are re-focusing the scope for the different ranges as you would without a camera on it?
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure what you mean as it's a fixed 6x42 "fixed" scope??:confused:
     
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    So without the camera on it will be in focus at very close range and far out without adjustment? I have a 'fixed' no zoom 10X42 whice needs a lot of adjustment for various ranges.. I also have a 4x that still need a tweek to get in below 10m.
     
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    Looking just through the scope, at about 8 yards the light switch in the lounge is blurred through the scope but the recticle is clear. I can adjust the + and - indicated at the "eye end " of the scope which makes the light switch clear but the recticle is then blurred.
    I set it so the lightswitch is blurred but recticle clear. If i then look at a tree in the garden some 20 yards away. The recticle and tree are crystal clear!:(
    Now with the camera attached, i can adjust the manual focus so the light switch is clear but the recticle is blurred. If i adjust it so the recticle is clear the light switch is then blurred.
    It's so demoralising and frustrating!! AAAaaaHHH!!!!
     
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    You need a scope with parallax adjustment, the adjustments on the eye end are to focus the reticle to your eye.
     
  10. Jam1e

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    Thats what i've been thinking to be honest. But i'm new to this type of shooting/set-up so i'm just collecting info from people with alot better knowledge than me.
    Anybody else think the same as Junes1???
     
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    Yep as per my earlier post.
     
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    Most 6x42 scopes are used for 'point and shoot' stalking/hunting and will generally be parallaxed for 100 yards.

    This leaves you two options:
    1, Get an airgun scope - which are generally parallaxed at about 30 yards I think.
    2, reparallax your 6x42 to much closer distances - that means the average distance you will be using that set up for.

    Read this: http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums...2341-how-re-parallax-scope-airgun-ranges.html
     
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    Wish i'd read this post before ordering a new scope!:(

    I'll prob keep the new scope for (hopefully) a .22 and .17 rimefire. As i said though, Hopefully!!
    I'm going to have a go at adjusting my scopes current scopes parallax and use it for close up work like ratting.
    I did find the tutorial abit confusing when it explained what parallax error was. But the youtube clip cleared the confusion instantly!:D
     
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    If you have just bought an air rifle scope I would leave that 6x42 alone because it's perfectly suited to rimfire ranges, point and shoot with no faffing about with focus/parallax or mag, and no moving lenses to slide out of zero. Less lenses generally also let in more light.
     
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    I've already done it:eek:
    Although it was very easy to do so should be easy to put back?
    That aside, it's sorted my problem out! The recticle is clear as is the onbject aimed at. Our lounge lightswitch!:D
    I'm still having problems keeping the camcorder recticle in the centre of the screen though as the weight of it pulls the scope flip-up down. I'll prob hav to tape it in position on the night of the ratting.:(
    I'd love the Nite Site NS 200. But that particular one is way over priced compared to Ken's DIY set-up!
    I'll give my set-up a go tonight with my ir laser in the garden at ratting distance. Failing that i'll look at alternatives....
    I'd happily hire a night sight for a few weeks if such a shop excisted, but obviously they don't........
    I think i'm spending too much time jumping back and forth and only skimming over possible solutions to a night sight set-up, as i'm worried i'll lose the only land i have that is FAC rated due to taking so long to sort a out set-up.
     
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    Sounds like your sorted ok to get some done now mate. Yes it'll go back just as easy. Amazing what can be done with some black tape or a cable tie or jubilee clip here and there too. You'll probably be able to use the laser on it's flood setting.
     

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