Spotting Scope or Baby Monitor?

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  1. Load Master

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    The longest range I have easy access to is 200 yards. I have a spotting scope, a cheap one, that is good for 100 yards, but it is a stretch for 200 yards. I have access to a Philips Avent SCD630 baby monitor. This is a wireless video monitor with a range of 328 yards between the camera and receiver. The receiver, video display has a built in rechargeable battery that last for a long time. The camera needs an external battery, which I have with a standard micro usb connection. I'm going to use a piece of 3" angle iron to set in front of the camera to protect it from stray shots and place it down range near the target. I know there is a commercial "target camera" system, but it cost more than twice a much.

    Anyone else using video for keeping a close eye on you target?
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    I see no reason why with good placement (and don't shoot it) it won't work just fine to monitor a target especially since it will be transmitting a straight line of sight. Long as it has decent image resolution and sends a nice sharp clear picure it should work fine.

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    Should work fine, probably not water resistant though, so keep an eye on the weather. You going to power the camera with one of the battery bank rechargers?
     
  4. Load Master

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    Yes, I have a battery for my chronograph that is like 10k micro amps or something like that. It seems to work well with the camera. I'll give it a try tomorrow at the range. The display is high res too.
     
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    I've considered it, just never got 'roundtuit.
    I can't think of any reason not to do it.
     
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    It would be interesting to see an image from this set up. Do you have control over the focus, and do you have any idea of how good the resolution is?
     
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    You may have a problem with reception if you have the angle iron between the antenna and your receiver; testing will tell.
    You may also want to shoot the angle iron (without the camera, of course) to see if it provides sufficient protection. Shock loading transmitted through the iron to the camera may also be an issue.
     
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    If you monitor the baby it will only get mad at you.
    I would move new spotting scope to top of necessary things list.
     
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  10. Load Master

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    The resolution is good though the documents don't say what it is. I'll snap a few photos when I'm at the range tomorrow and report back if it works the way I'm hoping it will.

    Here is a pdf with a little more info. LINK
     
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    Please let us know how it works
     
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    Interesting idea. subscribed
     
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    If I were still shooting F class to amount to anything, I would have video spotting for practice. It will be interesting to see how the baby monitor works vs purpose built gear for more money.
     
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    I've thought about a cheaper video camera. You lose the picture in real time, but you have the ability to look at impacts at any range.
     
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    I had no idea they made them with that long of a range.

    I kicked around the notion but was considering one setup for WIFI in conjunction with a portable hotspot I no longer use.

    This would be much simpler
     
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    I would use more than angle iron to protect the camera, a sandbag would be my suggestion

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  17. Load Master

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    I managed to spend a few minutes at the range. Only managed to try out the monitor on the 100 yard range. It seemed to work pretty good, though the lighting could have been better. Sun was in the 2 O'clock position shining at me and shadow on the target. Also, the my phone camera has some type of harmonic distortion it made to the display. The display in life looks clearer than the photos. Anyway, here is a few photos of my first attempt at using the Philips Avent SCD630 baby monitor for spotting scope.

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    Thank you for the update. I would like to see how well it can see bullet holes, and what the actual range might be.
     
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    All things considered not bad at all. Thanks for the update and taking the time.

    Ron
     
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