Canon Camcorder and Hawke Sidewinder Ring Connection, Part 1

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    FredSG
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    Hello,I recently purchased a Canon Camcorder Vixia 800 for making family videos and then decided I could attach it to my Hawke 30 Sidewinder scope, if and when, I wanted to make hunting videos.I already own the Eagle Vision tubes for attaching a Casio Camera to my Hawke Sidewinder. But attaching the Canon Camcorder took me in another direction. I wanted to use a series of lens adapters to connect the two together – the Canon Camcorder with my Hawke Scope.So this is what you’ll need at least this way following my example.

    Four different rings would have to be purchased. One attaches to the next in this order.
    One ring is . . . . 36mm (male thread)/37mm (female thread) ***Must use Bower Ring adapter *** 
    Second ring is . . . . 37mm (male thread)/52mm (female thread)
    Third ring is . . . . 52mm (male thread)/52mm (male thread)
    Fourth ring is . . . . 52mm (female thread/43mm (male thread)

    Just updating what I did –  the first ring must be a Bower ring.  The male threads must be deep enough to fit inside the Hawke protective rubber ring to make a secure connection.  Any other rings (36mm male to 37mm female) I found out are not deep enough to give a secure connection.  So order only the Bower ring in 36mm to 37 mm.

    The lens adapter with the Bower 36mm male thread screws into the Hawke Sidewinder female thread and so on until the 43mm male thread screws into the Canon Camcorder Vixia 800 female thread. This will be the end result.

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    Ginuwine1969
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    Do the camera do high speed or night vision recording?  Looks good on your rifle.

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    FredSG
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    Ginuwine1969,

    Have not tried high speed or night vision recording . . . there is a special setting “Nigh Scenes to record nightscapes with lower noise” that I have not tried and as for high speed recording, there is an option for “fast motion recording 1200X the normal playback speed”. 

    I need time to delve into the camcorders capabilities but I’m not about to sit outside in single digit weather to find those capabilities!

    FredSG

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    Gumby31
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    Looks good. Can you get us a snap shot of what it looks like through the scope?

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    FredSG
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    Gumby31,

    Not sure if this is what you were looking for . . . still learning the “ins and outs” of the camcorder.  Set up in my kitchen area, not the most ideal location, but this is the best image I could get in limited shooting distance.

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    Gumby31
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    I like it. You will have to let us know how comfortable it is to shoot on and off the bench.
    The reason a ask i have a casio didn’t think i could shoulder the gun and shoot. It seems like the screen is to close to my face. So I went a different route, but i do like the screen on the side like you have it. Are you getting all your mill dots up and down?

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    kmd1984
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    I like it!

    Believe it or not, I had the same idea a few weeks ago and started looking into it. I was going to use a Canon Camcorder as well. I have the VIXIA HF S10. BTW, mine is not able to record in the dark (using Infrared). I believe none of the Canon Camcorders can do that… Anyhow, as it turned out (you obviously know this), there was no way to do this by just using one adapter ring, so I quickly abandoned the idea, ha ha. Glad you decided to go through with it though. Upload some videos so we can see how good it works.

     

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    FredSG
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    kmd1984,

    You really should check out Part 2 of this procedure with the same subject title on this same page of AGN.  I used different rings (better???) to get the connection done.

    FredSG

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    kmd1984
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    “FredSG”kmd1984,

    You really should check out Part 2 of this procedure with the same subject title on this same page of AGN.  I used different rings (better???) to get the connection done.

    FredSG

    
I will. thanks.

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    Dartagnan
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    Very nice setup and a night time shooter too!  Since there is additional weight on at the rear of the scope, I recommend devising something to support the camera and prevent possibly damaging the scope in due time.

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    kraftnow
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    Very neat set-up.  Great job!

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