Advice on building an autonomous sentry camera w/ laser Answered
I'm looking for some help/ advice on building an autonomous security camera that tracks moving object with a laser. much like this instructable, but with a laser instead of a gun: https://www.instructables.com/id/Autonomous-Paintball-Sentry-Gun/
as a bit of background, my house was recently burgled. ive now had a normal security camera installed on my house because of it, but would like something a bit better. i dont have that much knowledge on building electronic things (as i dont know where to start), so i am also looking to learn some things while i build this, instead of just following instructions and not knowing why im doing something. so first question is where can i learn about the basics? or would it just be a learn as im doing kinda thing.
as for the actual sentry, i was looking for a little advice on how to build it as it wont be exactly the same as the link above. for starters i would like to use a laser instead of the paintball gun. this is mainly as a deterrent as i would assume someone is less likely to try and burgle their house if they know they're being watched/ tracked.
the camera would also need to be a better quality one than a webcam, and would also need night vision. i dont really know how a different camera (not webcam) could be set up. building on this, could there potentially be issues with tracking at night?
when its built it will also be on all night every night, and mounted to the wall. what would be the best way of having it all mains wired as having to replace the servo batteries will be a massive pain in the ass.
i understand as i dont have that much knowledge atm that this will probably take me a while to build and perfect, but any help with the above points would be greatly appreciated!