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Does night vision monocular + camcorder = nightvision camcorder?

Greetings all,

Longtime browser, first time poster.  I watched Kipkay's video on using a cellphone with one side of a pair of binocs to create a sort of zoom lens and at that precise moment my dog began barking at some critter outside.  This made me wonder if I could attach a night vision monocular to a camera or camcorder.  I have an assortment of cameras at my disposal, I am a proud garbage picker, after all, and a nice NV monocular somewhere in storage.

Kipkay merely positioned the cell phone camera in the right spot on the binoc lens and was able to see a reasonable image.  Has anyone tried anything like this with night vision?  If the idea is sound I'll dig out my gear and made a stand to keep it all together and post it as an instructable.


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rrrmanion6 years ago
why bother when you could just use a load of infrared LEDs or something?
Because that's not the same thing as using a NV system. An NV system amplifies light
TsarNicholas (author)  rrrmanion6 years ago
Well, I had everything I needed for this project laying around. Unfortunately, I don't have a stockpile of LEDs. Sure, I can buy them, but had I been able to make this work it would have been much easier and more portable.
Yes, I don't see there being any sync issue, because NV monoculars aren't scanned devices.
NachoMahma7 years ago
.  You'll more than likely get some "banding" because you are using two scanning devices (shot some video of your TV or computer monitor to see what I mean), but it will work.
.  I haven't seen the video, but I'm assuming you are talking about "regular" optical binoculars.
TsarNicholas (author)  NachoMahma7 years ago
Yes, they were regular.  I think I am going to give it a shot.  I just thought I'd ask to see if it was a known impossibility.
Which Tsar Nicholas?

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TsarNicholas (author)  lemonie7 years ago
Lemonie, the second.

Well, I dug out the NV and there appears to be a problem with one of the lenses.  There is a circular distortion in the center of the image, like a drop of water was on the front external lens, but there is not.  I held my phone against it and was able to see a relatively clear image, aside from the distortion.  If I can find this problem and fix it I think I may be in business.
Reports of your death are greatly exaggerated...

I hope you get this to work, I'd like to know how to successfully do this myself.

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It's not impossible, though making video work would be tricky as nacho said, due to banding, though a stills camera at the right shutter speed or a video camera at the right framerate might give a relatively clear image, though it'll still have little lines throughout...