I've finally decided to make a decent use of my GPS Racer quadcopter. Until now, I mainly used it to test new things for INAV and that is more less all. RunCam Owl Plus FPV camera turned out to be non-flyable in the night, so I've decided to go one step further…
RunCam Night Eagle
Yes, RunCam Night Eagle. I've seen couple of video reviews of this camera on YouTube and decided that this is what I really need: a good night vision camera. Not a camera that can see after sundown. A camera that can see in the night!
Unitil now I only tested it in "no fly" conditions just by attaching it to FPV goggles and going for a walk with my daughter in the night.
There is no DVR footage, so you just have to trust me: it really works in the night. We were able to see throught FPV goggles in real dark conditions, in a middle of a field, 10km from a city and 1km from a nearest light source (poor single road lamp). Everything was just visible. Black and white, but visible. But do not get me wrong: human sight is still better!
Since RunCam Night Eagle is IR sensitive (I've proven it by discovering that my smartphone has a IR diode in the front) why not to help it a little by installing IR projectors?
I've bought those IR projectors at Amazon for a price of something like $7 per pair. Description said: 3W. I've measured, and nope, not a chance. More like 1W (maybe 1.2W) per projector. Maybe it is supposed to be 3W per pair? No way… But they are strong enough to get through IR blocked camera. I did not checked them together with Night Eagle yet. Maybe next weekend I will have a chance to do it and finally get GPS Racer into the air in real night conditions…