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Does night vision monocular + camcorder = nightvision camcorder? Answered

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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rrrmanion (author)2010-07-20

why bother when you could just use a load of infrared LEDs or something?

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steveastrouk (author)rrrmanion2010-08-15

Because that's not the same thing as using a NV system. An NV system amplifies light

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TsarNicholas (author)rrrmanion2010-08-08

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.

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steveastrouk (author)2010-08-15

Yes, I don't see there being any sync issue, because NV monoculars aren't scanned devices.

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NachoMahma (author)2010-04-19

.  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.

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TsarNicholas (author)NachoMahma2010-04-19

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.

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lemonie (author)TsarNicholas2010-04-20
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TsarNicholas (author)lemonie2010-04-21

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.

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lemonie (author)TsarNicholas2010-04-22

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...

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