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Figure 38 - The completed night vision system
Figure 38 - The completed night vision system

After precariously cramming all of the components into the box, the unit is tested to ensure that nothing is shorted or broken during the installation. Figure 38 shows the completed Night Vision System, ready to go hunting deep into the pitch darkness.



Figure 39 - A few tests with the Night Vision Viewer
Figure 39 - A few tests with the Night Vision Viewer

The first test you should do with the night vision system is to stand in front of a mirror to see if the infrared LEDs are working. Figure 39 (frame 1) shows the brilliant beam of light that the camera will see when looking at the LEDs at such a close range. Frame 2 shows my lab with all of the lights turned off. Frame 3 is a shot of a dark parking lot at night and Frame 4 is a vicious, yet oblivious watch dog who can only hear me but not see me. Ok, that's just my buddy "The Prince of Dogness", and I don't recommend you try to sneak past any animal because it will probably end badly for you!

When traversing an indoor space using only night vision, take your time and get used to the field of view. It took me a day or two to move smoothly around a closed space without banging into furniture and door frames, but it can be done.

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