Night vision Revisit Apr 10, 2018 11:44:14 GMT
Post by bio on Apr 10, 2018 11:44:14 GMT
First iteration of the DIY circa 2015-2016 prototype to see if it would werq. I later went with a wireless transmitter and receiver which I mounted with the Lithium batteries in the stock. The DVR has the viewscreen and the IR camera is mounted in scope sunshades looking through the scope.
Second iteration wireless transmitter for the camera.
The receiver in the DVR took care of most of the wires but there are still plenty mounted in the stock with the battery pack. Looks a bit more tidy now.
Third try because I got tired of everything hanging out in the stock and wanted to be able to use the gun without all the bulk. So got rid of the wireless and soldered all the wiring in place then hot glued it to the bottom of the battery pack. Now it's not only portable from gun to gun but all of the night vision is mounted with quick release mounts so everything can come off of the scope in seconds for better daytime use of the scope.
The camera and DVR I used were $60 for the camera and $140 for the DVR but then again that was my second camera I paid $50 for the first one off of Ebay then cracked the lens removing the IR filter. New camera already had the filter removed. Such a deal. l Think I paid near $80 for four Orbtronic batteries three for the camera and one for the 940nm flashlight below. Panasonic and Orbtronic are a couple of the best 18650 lithium batteries around. Then there was the Flashlight another $60 it is good for about 100 yards. Think it was near $40 for the extra 2x Polaroid lens and adapter which is only needed if you want to see out past 100 yards. The lens will give you a focused beam so greatly increase the useful range of most night vision scopes/camera and the adapter just happened to press fit perfectly to the flashlight.
I did not measure the farthest distance this setup would continue to light up the world but conservatively it would be a minimum of 200 yards.
Picture of the DVR screen in total blackness in the basement at ten meters with a cheap 940 flashlight in use. Looks better than the Photon me thinks.
Now for the Photon XT I like it better because you can look through it like a regular scope so use the gun normally. Picture wise it does not handle the IR light as well as my DIY unit so the picture washes out and fades back in now and then. Hope I can make some adjustments with my light and the scope to get closer to my DIY though. I bought this model for the lower magnification and cuz it's a half pound lighter than similar units. Have to use my DVR if I want to record cuz it does not record. Had to RMA the first Photon. Big plus the replacement does record. I could not get a decent camera pic through the Photon so after half an hour trying to do so I gave it up. Here is a YouTube video that lets me know it should werq nearly as good as my DIY anyway.
Well since I could not get the the elevation I needed I figured the scope was at fault as elevation on other scopes I tried was acceptable. So I sent it back for repair. They sent me an upgrade although it weighs a half pound more it does have video capabilities. I found it to have the same elevation problem as the last one so I shimmed the Impact scope rail up at the back with a couple of small washers about 20K thick and now it is good. Broke down and bought a pair of FX 30mm picatinny NO Limit scope mounts like I should have done before I sent the first scope back. I can remove the shim washers if I want to.
Posted most of this in 2015-2016 but between the Photobucket farce and the forum changing many things are gone or difficult to find. Just remember you can build a DIY that is likely as good or better than the Photon or the ATI X-sight although they are not likely to be as durable or look as good. Still I paid near $400 for my diy cuz of the extra camera and got a deal on the Photon at $425. Omit the DVR and just use a monitor and you can build a decent DIY for under $300. Saw a couple decent looking DIY units on Ebay for cheap but don't forget you need an IR Light as well.