Much like the Light of Eärendil guides Frodo in dark places, so too will your homemade night vision camera be your guiding beacon. Whether out in the woods camping with friends, capturing that elusive glimpse of a Scandinavian troll, or while on a top secret spy mission, this special camera captures even the most difficult shots in low-to-no light photographic brilliance.
Step 1: Go Get Stuff
- Olympus® FE-47 14MP Digital Camera (or similar)
- (x36) High-Output Infrared LED (Model: 276-143 | Catalog #: 276-143)
- 220 ohm 1/4W 5% Carbon Film Resistor pk/5 (Model: 271-1313 | Catalog #: 271-1313)
- Grid-Style PC Board with 371 Holes (Model: 276-149A | Catalog #: 276-149)
- Fully Insulated 9V Battery Snap Connectors (Model: 270-325 | Catalog #: 270-325)
- Project Enclosure (4x2x1") (Model: 270-1802 | Catalog #: 270-1802)
- Enercell® Alkaline 9 Volt Battery (Model: 23-853 | Catalog #: 23-853)
- 1/4-20 x 1/2" bolt, nut and washer
- Congo Blue photo gel
Step 2: Remove the Case
Set the screw aside somewhere safe. I highly recommend labeling them so you know where to put them back.
Step 3: Disassemble
Step 4: Remove the IR Filter
Step 5: Squares
Step 6: Insert and Close
Reassemble the case.
Test to make sure it works by turning the camera on. Everything should appear to be displaying in the infrared spectrum.
Step 7: Mark
Step 8: Drill
Step 9: Drill Once More
Step 10: Camera Mount
Step 11: Trim
Note: You may want to use a dust mask while doing this, as circuit board dust is bad for you when inhaled. Cutting the board with scissors, greatly reduces, but does eliminate dust.
Step 12: Solder
Once they are all placed, insert the LEDs through the holes in the lid from the inside out.
Flip the entire assembly over.
Bend down the first row of LED leads in the same direction and solder them all together in a single row. Repeat this for all consecutive rows.
Using wire, attach together the three rows of anodes with black wire.
Step 13: Solder Some More
Connect the other ends of the resistors at a single point and solder them all together with the red wire from the 9V battery clip.
Solder the black wire from the 9V battery clip to one of the rows of anodes.
Step 14: Power
Step 15: Case Closed
Step 16: Night Vision
Turn the camera on and then go take pictures of the night.