This is a project I made while on Holiday for Christmas, it took about 20 hours and was cheep if you can find the supplies at a second hand store.
It is fully functional and works with infra-red quite well, the iris lens cover was a left over from a pair of goggles that were never finished their construction is much the same as found in my steampunk goggle instructable.


Step 1: The Electronics

This will be a bit tricky if you have no electronics expierence, the Periscope has two basic components, the camera, and the picture tube.
The tube assembly is off an unkown brand of cam corder monitor, it was lose on the shelf and I bought it for a buck.

You most likely will need to purchase the entire camera, (cam corder) and remove the monitor, usally the recorder breaks leaving you with a lens and monitor, if your skill level is up there you may be able to remove the video camera and monitor from the same unit.
I was not lucky enough to find one whole.

Usally the camera power input wire is labled on the board, in this case it was 12 volts DC, most of the other wires will be of no use to you,
they will be for different exposure modes, switching the zoom, ect.

The most important thing to know is the voltage needed, and which wires are for this purpose, input and out put signals are very low voltage and incorrectly connecting them will not likely cause a board failure, if however you hook up 12 V to a video out wire you may have just ruined that board. ( I apologize I can't offer a more conclusive way to determine the exact wire of choice, I only know the one I found by the deduction.)

I saw a small 12+ marking on the back of the monitor board and hooked it up, in about 5 seconds the monitor began to glow.
The ground wire generally goes to several places on the board, while signal and command wires go to a single point on the board.

All you need are 4 wires, ground, 12v positive, video, and sync.
If your monitor board has wires from a zoom and other lens functions they can be clipped, these wires are just routed through the board and do not effect monitor use, often times they are a different gauge, plus you can see they are hooked to switches.

Once I got the tube to glow, I just tried the input wires from the camera to different ones on the monitor board until I got a picture, be sure to tape the 12v wire so you don't accidently touch it with a signal wire.

In the pic you can see the red, black, blue, and white wires from the lens command switches all clipped off.
This only left 4 wires the 12v was labled and the ground was "obvious" only two to choose from for my video input,
easy right?

Fortunately the camera I found was still in the box so the wiring was very easy, resist the urge to think that you can hook up the wires from the different components color for color, yellow was 12v on the monitor, while from the camera box you can see red was the 12v supply wire.
Wow! Great! I love your style. This creation is very nice and looks amazing. Thank you very much for sharing and thanks for the inspiration. <br>Sincerely <br>The Chocolatist
Hi Longwinters, <br>another great project - I especially liked the camera hack. Very useful as I have some old CCTV cameras and monitors I've been wondering what to do with. Like the rest of your oeuvre, the aesthetics are great too. Well done.
That's pretty cool... ;0)<br> <br> Thanx for sharing.
Wow! i can see you had a busy winter break!;-) This is truly amazing... Worthy of a Hollywood movie prop (if they had the good sense and taste to make a quality steampunk movie). I could also see this work in nicely to an episode of Warehouse 13. `You should enter this in the current A/V competition if you haven't already... 5 stars (if Instructables hadn't scrapped that peer review feature;-)
And congrats on getting featured in the newsletter... Well deserved... You got my vote for the AV contest;-)
Good Job! :) <br>Went to my Blog post: <br>http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2013/01/prusa-i3-mais-rhinonest-cera-de.html
As mentioned before, That Licenses Camera is a Day/Night camera &amp; comes with built in IR LEDS, So the Night pictures will be much clearer. Also, A Cheap security camera, for under $25.00, (Like the ones I use) Added to the 3 inch dash Monitor, Looks Great &amp; has even Better IR LEDS for a Clear Picture at night, with a range of 40 feet. All of this running off a 12 Volt DC, Power Supply.. Good Luck &amp; yes, Your Project looks Great, Like something from the 1800's.
Wow thank's for the input, I knew the prices had fallen but that's less than I thought. <br>As a self challenge I like to scrounge for stuff on the cheep, if a person was interested in making such a project for practicle use I think a spy-glass format would be much better. <br> <br>As a technician I like to try and push myself outside my functional zone and get a bit &quot;artsy&quot;
another Tip for your Lighting, Try Neon Wire &amp; Ribbon &amp; think of the fun you can have with it? <br>Another great effect can be had with one of those Miniature Plasma Lights or Neon-Wire in your glass tubes.
Great Idea &amp; your correct, if your not comfortable around Electronics, this could be a problem, However it's a Fixable Problem, head on over to Amazon.com, look under Reverse or Back-up Auto Cameras. I got mine for a total price of $30.00, That includes; <br>3 inch dash monitor &amp; a Day/Night Tag Camera. Both powered off the same 12Volt x 500ma, power source. Well worth checking them out, they also have Bullet Wireless Cams &amp; receiver combos on the cheap.
Amazing idea and looks great!
I can see this is going to be a lot of fun!
Hi longwinters <br> <br>Fantastic!!! <br>Great work <br>I am really impressed <br>Happy new year!!! <br>your buddy Aeon Junophor
very nice, loving this new technique , at least to me of led's in in diffusers for long lasting but aura looking lights. The glow wire and all the new led light hacks are great. <br>i haven't had time to look over your whole project, but on first glance it really looks beautiful with the woodwork and brass colors . <br>Excellent
Thank's to the editors for picking this project, I've posted a few that were not quite up to my standards, I'm glad somebody saw the effort and fun that went into this. <br> <br>Truth be told I actually started this with the idea of having the camera remote so I can monitor my new kitty who likes to jump on the kitchen counter and pilfer an unauthorized treat, then my true nature came through and it got &quot;punked&quot; <br> <br>Happy New Year to all....

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