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Simple night vision build

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by terry1001, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. terry1001

    terry1001 Major Poster

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    There are often posts in which people say that they are never going to be able to build their own night vision units. In fact almost anyone can do this and I've done a video showing a build for which the only tools required were a hacksaw and a file and it could be achieved without even these.
    I apologise for the video in advance, I wanted to show how to do the build without skipping over it too quickly but it runs to nearly 20 minutes and my understanding of editing (and making) videos for Youtube is almost non-existent. Hopefully some people will find it useful, I'm happy to answer questions about it either on here on via Youtube.
    Anyway you can find it here http://youtu.be/xq2FouLk5FE
    and here is a list of parts:
    Parts list
    E700 camera http://www.sure24.co.uk/kpc-e700pub...oard-lens-1-3-700-tvl-30mm-sq-12v-dc-internal £68.34
    Reversing monitor http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-800-480...6?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item5b05b64e8c £16.99
    12 volt battery http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12V-6800m...rElectronics_Batteries_SM&hash=item3cdc7c7b7c £26.65
    2 way power splitter http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CCTV-Came...t=LH_DefaultDomain_3&var=&hash=item231f421d6c £1.99
    BNC to phono adapter http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-BNC-M...268375604?pt=UK_CCTV&var=&hash=item27e0640434 £1.69
    Floplast straight coupler http://www.screwfix.com/p/floplast-solvent-weld-40mm-straight-coupling-black-pack-of-5/76761 £3.99 for 5
    Floplast access plug http://www.screwfix.com/p/floplast-solvent-weld-40mm-access-plug-black-pack-of-5/65881 £3.99 for 5
    Figure 8 clamp http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Figure-of...Hunting_ShootingSports_ET&hash=item462058f55e £4.89
    Weaver base scope mount for monitor http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/25-4mm-1-...Hunting_ShootingSports_ET&hash=item27e41d3714 5.99
    IR torch with mount http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums/showthread.php/177909-Infra-red-and-visible-red-torches-for-sale £38


    The ebay links are to show the type and cost of those parts and you can probably substitute similar items if you can find them at a lower price. As far as I know these are all from UK suppliers so delivery times shouldn't be excessive.
    The basic idea is to show how simple it can be, obviously it's possible to make cosmetic improvements and to spend more or less on parts. It's worth noting that cheap cameras are often of unknown quality and frequently give poor performance, if you have to remove the ir filter yourself there is also a fair chance that you will cause some damage or even ruin it.
     
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  2. SteveO

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    Great post Terry! :up:
     
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    Great post terry, ive ordered the monitor as the iphone as a monitor stopped dead, apple couldnt even give me a straight answer. although there is an app for android and micro usbto rca connectors
     
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    Those batteries go on forever I have not used one of mine for 12 months but hooked it up to my nitesite the other day turned it on expecting it to be depleted but the bloody thing took nearly 24 hours to discharge!
     
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    This should be stickied!!
     
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    In case anyone is wondering, the total cost listed is £172.52 - for comparison against ready made units :)
     
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    Im very keen to give it a go but will the end result be better than an NS50?
     
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    Yes, using the parts listed it will outperform a NS200.
     
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    Excellent post Terry. I've saved it to my bookmarks, the you tube video is really helpful and easy to follow.

    Well done!
     
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    I'm going to try this soon, as a complete non-tech person it will be a good experiment. I'll report back when done :)
     
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    I thought the home builds were better but thanks for confirming that Terry. Nice clear vid by the way. Perhaps you can add some more footage of the scope in action?
     
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    Terry many thanks, this is a great posting just what I needed to help me make up a nv ,the vid is a bonus ,thanks for taking the time to do this. also many thanks for the super quick delivery of the red led torch is a quality item and works perfectly.
     
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    Great informative post, especially for someone addicted to all things night vision and avid tinkerer.
    Well laid out shopping list as well. How does the cam compare to the watec 902h other than compactness?
    ( I've got a watec and lens kicking around somewhere ).
     
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    There's little to choose between them but the e700 is easier to set up and much easier to mount on the rifle. The watec might be useful in a spotter?
     
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    brilliant job terry , i watched the video very informative well done . atb gary.:claping:
     
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    Thanks for the video Terry, very useful.

    Tim
     
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    the king of beam doe's it again well done :claping:
     
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    No, the E700 (and the bullet camera version the EJ230) are made by KT&C. Although the sensors may have the same specification there are differences in the firmware and the way the signals are processed which makes their cameras much better performers.
    This is not meant to imply that you can't get good results with cheaper cameras, often they are perfectly adequate for shorter ranges and sometimes they do work exceptionally well BUT the quality and performance vary considerably even when you go back and buy what is listed as the same camera from the same seller so it's pot luck.
    The E700 is a good camera and Sure24 offer good backup from a reputable UK company but perhaps one of the most important things in the context of an easy build is the cheap.simple and effective mounting system you can use which is down to the small size of the E700 in its housing. Most other cameras of this type are quite a bit larger and more difficult to mount.
     
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    HELLO, as i always say there are some good techy chaps on here and without their knowledge it would not be a popular forum, if only i had joined earlier after last using a air rifle at 14 some 50 years ago i could have bought the right springer then PCP and saved hassle and money. as for this type of N/V and terrys purchase and set up info i did try one but could not get use to using a screen but hey now many more shooters i am sure will have a go to make one, but lets not forget our forum member ken who started this to. PS terry looks a cool workshop!!!:rolleyes: oh i wish
     
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