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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

DIY Iconoscope

This very cool clip shows some one building their own Iconoscope basically from scratch using some off the self parts and some solid engineering. This camera is a "HD" upgrade from the original resolution of those cameras that was around 320X240, this one is "525 scanning lines". Just when you think you might click this one off is where it gets better. There are shots from the actual working camera which are pretty cool. I think what this guy did was use the electronics from a regular SD video camera, and then build the electronics for driving the tube and reading it out. You'll figure out near the end that he didn't actually fabricate the image tube, but instead used some 40 year old + new parts. Either way, I think you'll really appreciate the guys engineering and fabrication skills and feel a little humble.