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Homebrew Trail Cameras
« on: April 08, 2010, 10:07:03 PM »
OK, I'll state up front, I ain't near good enough to do this myself. :roll:  I lifted this off of ArcheryTalk.  A guy by the name of "buckshot164" put this together.

At the very end there's a link to a site that goes through making different kinds of cameras.




TRAILCAM BUILD INSTRUCTIONS
SONY S40 WITH YETI BOARD
CLEAR WALMART BOX WITH PIPE THROUGH

This build uses the small walmart waterpfroof box. Yeticam board (horizontal mount back control). Sony s40 camera, 1" standoffs and a .9 wide angle fresnel. It is aldo setup as a pipe through which allows the use of a Master Lock Python lock.

The Sony S40 modification instructions and manual can be found at:
www.depreyswildlife.com
www.yeticam.com

The size of the unit will be 6"l x 4 1/2"w x 3 1/2 deep.

Step #1
We need to locate the board in the box. Set the board at the bottom of the box (deep side) horizontally. Leave about 3/16 th between the bottom of the case and the board. mark the 4 mounting holes on the box and drill them 9/64th. Mount the board to the case using the standoffs (spacers) between the case and the board.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

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In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 10:08:38 PM »
Step#2
We need to locate the center of the PIR in the box. The Pir is the round item on the board with what looks like glass on it. There are different ways to do this. I just look down and mark the case where the center of the pir is. Remove the board from the case. Center punch your mark and drill a 1" hole using a 1" forstner bit. Reinstall control board.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 10:10:39 PM »
Step #3

Look straight down using a straight edge and mark the center of the pir on the case. Mark all the way across, top and bottom. We now need to locate the sweet spot of the .9 wide angle fresnel. One side has 9 dots and the other side has 10 dots. we need to use the side tha has 9 dots. Count over five dots and this should be in the middle. We need to mark center on this dot to match our case for fresnel installation. We are now ready to install the fresnel. We can glue it in or use double dided tape. I use atomaotive goop. Remove the board from the case. Apply your glue to the inside of the case around the hole. Apply the fresnel (smooth side facing out) as close to center as you can. Align your marks to get it centered. Let dry> The goop is messy and we don`t want to get it all over the fresnel. I do want a good seal so moisture doesn`t get in.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2010, 10:12:05 PM »
Step #4

We are now ready to install the pipe in the case. I use a 4 3/8" L stainless steel tube bigger than the python lock cable that is to be used. You can also use plastic in place of the steel tube. Your holes will go by the diameter of your tubing used and the drill size will not be stated. Reinstall the board in the case with the electrical connections installed and we will now locate the tube. Put a mark 3" down on both sides from the top which is opposite end of the board. 3/4" from the edge. Install the pipe with goop to seal and hold the pipe in place. Don't be afraid to use the goop to get a good seal. We will cover it later.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2010, 10:13:26 PM »
Step #5

We now need to locate the camera lens and flash holes. I use 1/2" foam as a flash gasket. You can buy precut foam gaskets from various board manufacturers if you don't want to cut your own. Lay the foam down above the pipe. On your camera you need to remove the plastic hand strap connector. I just cut it off with a pair of cutters. Install the camera on top of the foam. Close the lid and look straight down and mark the center of the camera lens. Now mark the center of the flash. Drill the lens using a 1" forstner bit. We now need to drill out the flash hole. You can drill one hole with a forstner bit or I use a roto zip.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2010, 10:14:31 PM »
Step #6

This is an important step because of flash bleed. Because we are using a clear box the flash will travel through the clear plastic to the camera lens. This will give us white in our picture. What we need to do is paint the inside of the case. You can remove the board and paint the whole inside or paint just the top. Use a flat paint for best results and you need to make sure you don't paint the board and fresnel.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2010, 10:15:49 PM »
Step #7

We now need to install the lenses. I install the lenses on the outside of the case with goop. I use anti glare lens for the camera lens and standard lens for the flash. There is a plastic ridge around the box. We need to cut or grind this down around the holes so the lens will lay down flat. Put the goop around the camera lens hole and the flash hole. Lay the anti glare lens over the camera lens hole and press down. Now lay the standard lens over the flash hole and press down. You will have goop all over the outside. This is no problem, we are looking for a good seal and we will cover it up later.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2010, 10:17:38 PM »
Step #8

There are different ways to power the control board. I use a 9 volt battery and holder. You need to wire in a switch and will not specify which switch to use. In this build I am using a push in switch from radio shack. You need to drill a hole for the switch. I like to mount mine on the bottom. The hole will be determined by the switch you use. Now we need to connect the wires.
A) Connect the red wire from the control board to the switch.
B) Connect the black wire from the control board to the battery holder black wire.
c) Connect the red wire from the battery holder to the switch.
There are many types of battery holders and different ways to mount them. I am using a flexible 9 volt holder. I use a piece of 1" diameter foam insulation and I cut a slot out for the 9 volt battery.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2010, 10:19:37 PM »
Step #9

I prefer to put a piece of the 1" foam on the back to keep the camera against the front foam. We don't want to push to hard. Cut a piece of foam the size of the camera and glue it to the back. You can also install the setting sticker under the foam.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Homebrew Trail Cameras
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2010, 10:20:47 PM »
Step #10

We can now wire the camera. I solder everything and use shrink tube to seal the connection. The picture shows a 4 wire mod.
A) Connect the red wire to the power of the camera.
B) Connect the black wire to ground/common.
C) Connect the green wire to the shutter of the camera.
D) Connect the white wire to the lens mod if you are using the fast mod or 4 wire mod. If you are using the three wire mod you will do nothing with the white wire. This is good time to test our unit. When we power the board the leds should flash. It is very important we use a good alkaline 9 volt. The batteries in the camera should be fully charged. If they are not charged the camera will want to turn off. Make sure you have your camera setting set for your setup. Turn the camera on and turn oof the lcd. Now turn the camera off. Make sure you have enough memory to take pictures. Power the unit up. It will take a few minutes for the camera to take pictures. When you walk past the unit it should take a picture. If it takes a picture we need to check the sensing distance. You should have atleast 30' of sensing distance. If not move the board to get the pir centered better in the fresnel center sweet spot.

The only purpose of bread is to hold meat!

John Andrews Is My Hero!

In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

 


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