How to Take Didgital Pictures With a Crt Monitor

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Introduction: How to Take Didgital Pictures With a Crt Monitor

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This is not a joke!!! You can really take high quality (up to 8mp) digital images with any old crt monitor! There is no complicated wiring required. It will take you five minutes. Just follow theses eazes instuctables to make your own crt monitor camera.

Step 1: Get an Old Crt Monitor.

1. Make your own crt monitor by clicking on this link and then typing "how to make your own crt monitor" into the search box that will appear at the center of the page.<a href="http://www.google.com">Link</a>
2. Go to a nearby recycling center and take one home: crt monitors are very easy to find in recycling centers because they are sooooo bad.(crt monitors are generally about 3x lighter than lcd monitors, so carrying one home shouldn't be a problem(I walked 5 miles home with a 30" crt monitor, so you can too))
3.Find one inside an internal pata hard drive, these types of hard drives usually have 15"-22" crt monitors inside of them. you can find this type of hard drive inside a computer dating earlier than 1995 only.
4.Break apart the computer you are using to view this instructable to find a 55" !!!!WOW!!!! crt monitor

Step 2: Take Apart Your Monitor

In the image below, you can see how I decided to take apart my monitor. Unfortunately, my method caused all of the crt's to implode. That doesn't matter though if care at all about you own safety, though.
Now that you've demolished your crt monitor, it's time to make the camera.

Step 3: Wiring the Camera Part

This is it! You're finally going to get your own crt monitor digital camera! steps:
1. Follow the schematics on the bottom and add all of the parts/ solder other wires together
Materials:
1. capacitor
2. 4 in. of insulated 22 gauge wire
3. Soldering gun (i used a 25watt)
4. rosin core solder

Step 4: Take Pictures!

Plug into pc w/. the blue cable and take pix!

My pictures:

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    I can't believe this hasn't been deleted yet, the Instructables look now like Youtube, every idiot can post rubish all over it, it's a shame!

    Actually, if you disable some protective circuits, a CRT *can* produce X-rays. Just get some X-ray film, fire up the CRT, stand in front of it and see what your insides look like (not responsible for cancer, blindness, sterility, etc...)

    One legitimate question I have though, is I am aware this article is totally bogus, but if you were to go down to a recycling center and ask if you could bring home any of the equipment they had, do you think they would let you?

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    I actually make a pretty good living doing that...but the owner expects me to pay for the stuff I bring home.

    The funny thing... Is you CAN take digital photos with a CRT. It's called a "flying spot scanner". I assumed that's what this post was... Till I looked at it for all of 1.8 seconds >_> They were usually used for scanning film reels, film negatives, or slides in the days before CCDs.

    Optics focus a CRT at the point of an inserted film. A single dot is scanned over the image, much int he same way that a dot scans the screen when generating images. The difference is it's set at a fixed brightness for each sweep. Not he other side of the negative or slide, is a basic photo detector. you can use a red green and blue color filter to generate color images.

    This was the method of image capture used by the Luna 3 probe (launched by the USSR in 1959). Amazingly enough, the Luna 3 probe also was equipped with all the necessary equipment to not only take the photos, but develop them as well. It was the developed photos that were scanned and transmitted back to Earth.

    you need to stop insulting people who make awesome projects.

    Anyone who thinks they need to inform us that this is a joke, probably shouldn't be using an electrical device. They can be dangerous . Life is too short to have a stick wedged that far...... You know the rest.

    this guy lied!! i pushed a good 13 megapixel photo of my dog with mine! =D....r.i.p my dog nikki >.<

    DUDE, i have a problem on the conector for the I82801Gs/GR/GH (ICH7 FCR pack- Serial ATA Storage &Controller-27C0InExpress Port

    THERE'S a squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous in the

    way
    I CANT reach the C8-9=10.000uF 63V For dual Amplifier*

    any help?

    utterly useless, remove this post and ban the user for such garbage

    there is an easier way to use a monitor as a camera.
    Someone developed a java applet to take pictures with a monitor.
    http://www.bored.com/monitorcamera/index.htm

    Thanks, this worked nicely.

    I just took a photo of my goldfish.

    I used my computers monitor to make the camera, so now I must borrow my friend's one so I can have a look at my photo.

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    I'm having a hard time getting mine to focus on those close ups!

    the hamster so awesome, i HAD to download it and use it as wallpaper on my desktop.

    I agree. Theres fun and funny, but this doesn't fit either.