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Swapping Nv Monitor

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by sidney, May 8, 2018.

  1. sidney

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    At the moment I’m using an nv add on with a normal screen that I would like to change for a recordable one. Is this easy and straight forward to do? Which screen should I buy?
    Here’s my existing set-up, it’s all hard wired (if that’s the correct term), so wires would need to be cut, which leaves me nervous of messing it all up. I do have a soldering iron for changing guitar pick ups, but that’s as far as my electrical knowledge takes me.
    All help gratefully received;)
     

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    DVRs are difficult. Mostly the quality of recording is rubbish and the screens are poor and small. If you do hear of something that's wonderful the chances are that the one you buy will be a useless clone. Video signals generate quite a lot of data and the cheaper recorders compress it so much to avoid the need for a more powerful processor that the recordings are full of noise and very jerky. To add to that the controls are often difficult to operate, especially in the dark.
    The only recorder that I would have suggested no longer appears to be available from what was supposed to be a reliable source.
    There are some options if you have fairly deep pockets, Yukon do one which runs at 640x480 and Lawmate are well regarded https://www.sure24.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=lawmate
    These are recorders so you would fit a video splitter which is cheap and easily found or made.
    There was, and probably still is, a product called Angel Eye which was copied by loads of different Chinese makers, most are cr4p although the one that Maplins (RIP) sold was ok. Other than that it's pot luck I'm afraid and unless you're a lot luckier than most you're likely to be disappointed with anything you find on ebay or amazon.
     
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    Cheers Terry, that seems to have put paid to that!
    I’ve been recording my ratting with a trailcam, but their death throes often take them out of camera shot. Maybe I’ll just set up another trailcam and go all Spielberg on their arses.:thumb:
     
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    There might be some other options depending on how far you want to go. There is a type of action camera sold to go on guns to record the shots, it may be a bit too wide angle but usually the lens can be swapped. Another way is to fit a camcorder to your scope as long as you can find a small and light one which should be feasible. Mounting just requires a little bodgery and some imagination.
    Going back to the recorder idea there’s a few,very few, camcorders which have a video input socket. There was an extra import duty on those which made them more expensive but one with a video splitter and a cable long enough to reach your pocket would work. It’s the sort of thing that you might find at a car boot sale.
    You could also consider using a mobile phone and holder, have a search for ideas on how to do this, it’s quite simple to do as long as you can get the phone camera to focus on the reticle and zoom in enough to get a decent size picture. Some compact cameras can be mounted behind the scope using a digiscoping adapter but it may push it too far back. A few cameras are suitable and some will also offer slow motion.
    In the end it may come down to what you have laying around or can pick up for next to nothing.
     
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    Sounds a lot more involved than I imagined. I thought it might be as simple as just swapping one monitor for another and maybe soldering a wire or two.
    Just for interest, I may attempt to offer up a trailcam to the scope and see what sort of image I get, although the added weight wouldn’t make it viable in the long term. Food for thought though.:thumb:
     
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    Going to be wide angle unfortunately, similar to a dashcam.
    If you have a smartphone with a reasonable camera get yourself an ebay phone holder and a rear scope cover. Epoxy them together so that the camera looks through the middle of the eyepiece and see what you get.
     
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    Cheers terry, I may well do that and see what happens.:thumb:
     
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