DIY dedicated digital NV rifle scopes (Futon, Darklight, EDNV, DL Compact, DL Ranger, DL Sniper & similar) library

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DIY dedicated digital NV rifle scopes (Futon, Darklight, EDNV, DL Compact, DL Ranger, DL Sniper & similar) library

Postby Radagast » 04 Mar 2016, 17:18

The Futon is an idea of UKNVF member Sedstar that took off. Take a day scope, cut the back lens off it, stick a camera inside and a Near Eye Display where the rear lens used to be. The end result is a poor man's Yukon Photon, which Sedstar christened the Futon.

There were several variants of the Futon build before UKNVF members Torchwood & Lenny.sch introduced the Broom Pro & Photon Extreme respectively, which effectively replaced the Futon in the minds of scratch builders (Broom Pro) and long range night shooters (Photon Extreme). The Broom Pro & Photon Extreme each have a separate Library thread.

Like many good ideas, the Futon did not die. UKNVF Trader member Splatty introduced his own version of the Futon, the Dark Light. Sold as complete units or parts sets, for the average person building a Darklight, or Splattys' later designs the DL Ranger and DL Compact, will be easier than a complete scratch build. The original Darklight outperformed the original Yukon Photon. I've yet to read a comparison between the current Photon XT and the Darklight and its variants, although there may be one buried in the threads below.
For the Airsoft community, Splatty designed the tacticool EDNV, a digital night vision scope built on a replica of the Elcan military scope. Again this was sold as a parts kit or complete unit.
There have been several scratch build dedicated NV scopes using a near eye display, they are included in this library.

The links below are to the various Futon & scratch build threads, Splatty's Darklight & EDNV threads and to threads discussing various aspects of the designs and components.

Futon explained in simple terms:
viewtopic.php?t=10523

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DIY Futon and other dedicated night vision scope threads:
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Bones61's build:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4853
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=7422

CrocodileDundee's Drone Clone:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8183

D900's Darklight/Broom Pro hybrid:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13031

Genisis22's Scopeless NV Mk1 to MkIV:
http://nightvisionforumuk.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2544
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=6434
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=7031#p65992
viewtopic.php?t=7682
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2642
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2572

Gypo's build:
viewtopic.php?t=8552

Hamish's DIY Darklight:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11874

Jirka's build:
viewtopic.php?t=9110

Jirka's experiment with a side focus donor scope:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8973

Jirka's battery torpedo sight design:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13792
viewtopic.php?t=12842&start=90#p116833

Jirka's Scopeless Micro:
viewtopic.php?t=10096
viewtopic.php?t=10985

Lenny.sch's scratch build dedicated night vision scope:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6641
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=6352

MrNewbie's Just Another Silly System V2.0:
viewtopic.php?t=10797

Phoenix's Futon 1 build:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=5109

Phoenix' Futon 2 build:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=6122

Phoenix' Futon 2.1 build:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8849

Phoenix' experience discussed:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4715&start=10

Snappers build:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9016
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9097

Spandit's screened build:
viewtopic.php?t=10182
viewtopic.php?t=10699
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=14425
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12600

Ubin2's Futon Dark Pro build:
viewtopic.php?t=10713

Viking27's Viking Vision MK1 build:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=5526

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Splatty's designs, parts links and build discussions:
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Darklight with links to plans:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8211
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8880
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=10405

DL Sniper, DL Compact & DL Ranger introduced:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13423
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13483

DL Compact & DL Ranger with link to plans:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=14180

Camera for Darklight builds:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13924

EDNV introduced:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=12634
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11258

EDNV link to plans:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12624

EDNV camera:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11582
EDNV On Screen Voltage Display:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11453
& further discussion:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=10565


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Creating Cross Hairs:
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Cross hair generator, sold by UKNVF member Igors2255:
http://nightvisionforumuk.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=3848
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2276
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4102
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2276
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4495
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13041

Creating cross hairs using the EJ230 privacy mask function:
viewtopic.php?t=7244
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=6087
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2J_lxlN5T4

Creating cross hairs on the Ali Express Miracle Cottage bullet cam:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqdPzF5tdN0
How to zero a miracle cottage bullet camera
viewtopic.php?t=9538

Zeroing with camera based reticles:
viewtopic.php?f=36&t=7227

Privacy zone cross hairs discussed:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8492
viewtopic.php?t=4297
viewtopic.php?t=7479

How to fix flipped / mirrored image:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4849


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Near Eye Display discussions:
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The Oriscape VF-2C is the NED the Darklight is designed around. It is the best combination of high resolution and low price at this point in time.
The simplest solution for a first time builder is to buy the VF-2C display from Splatty that has had the components potted (embedded in resin) to prevent water entry and recoil damage.
In depth info on modding and installation of the VF-2C is in the following threads.

Discussion of sourcing. Now out of date as Splatty is the supplier:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9367
viewtopic.php?t=8544
viewtopic.php?t=11496
VF2C Near Eye Display housing sold by Splatty:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13952&p=118993#p118993
Potting the near eye display against recoil:
http://nightvisionforumuk.com/viewtopic ... 29&t=11813
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11889
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12096
Near Eye Display modding:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8556
Rotary brightness switch for near eye display:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12337&p=107350#p107350
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10983
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9134#p82218
Max voltage for Near Eye Display:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13948
Near Eye Display wiring:
viewtopic.php?f=36&t=13719
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11991
related:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13646
Obtaining extended eye relief on NEDs:
http://nightvisionforumuk.com/viewtopic.php?t=13060
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13164
Silicone and Near Eye Display ribbons:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12352
Near Eye Display adapter plate for broom pro style housing:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=10724
modding the NED to permanently on:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8972
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=10784
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=10099
Adding brightness and contrast buttons to NED:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9735
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12103
Using the VF2C as a wireless head mounted display:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11779


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Near Eye displays other than the VF-2C:
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Technical discussion of various Near Eye Displays & suppliers:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4287
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=5421
VF-2C vs Olightek OLED:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11428
Technical discussion of Kopin NED wiring:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4025
Technical discussion of OLED NED and supplier:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=6121
Low resolution 300 x 225 NED from 'Spy Car' kids toy:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4529
viewtopic.php?t=5761
Mini Adafruit TFT screen < 320 x 225 NED < VF-2C < OLED display:
viewtopic.php?t=5747
Mini LCD screen vs VF2C:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13470
Low res Kopin < Camcorder display<VF-2C
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=5026
small FPV 432 x 240 NED used in Jirka's builds, tested by Splatty:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13039
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11832
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=13718
Discussion of driver boards being specific to each type of NED:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3294&start=40

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Scope technical info:
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Donor scope questions:
viewtopic.php?t=9046
viewtopic.php?t=7895
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9696
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9367&start=10#p84373
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12708

Magnification level:
viewtopic.php?t=10125
viewtopic.php?t=10448

Discussion of reducing magnification:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12600

Use of donor scope turrets to align the camera:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8541
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2572

Shimming scope mounts:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8588

Use of IR filters to prevent day/night focus shift:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14626
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=10454
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11678
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=14510
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=1397

Discussion of recoil force on Futon, Broom Pro, Photon Extreme & Scopeless lens:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12916
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=9357&start=10#p84349
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=8833
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11780
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Sedstar's brainstorming that invented the Futon:
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Sedstar has the original idea, equivalent to yelling "Fools! I'll destroy them all!" at a mad scientists convention:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=5194
First experiments:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4801
Original screened Futon:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4838
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4962
viewtopic.php?t=5010
Discussion of white out issues:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4868
Discussion of IR required:
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5057
Discussion of reducing magnification:
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=5083
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12600

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