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My own scope cam system, the OrionCam

Forums Cameras, Videos, & Recording Equipment My own scope cam system, the OrionCam

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    orion
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    Being a heavy user of scope cam system I've come to the conclusion they all have flaws. My two favorites are the Eagle Vision for the great glass and the sideshot for the easy and solid mount system.

    That being said, what is great in one system is terrible on the other… So I had a challenge to solve…

    And here I'm showing you the OrionCam:

    I'll be selling these soon on my site for $125, the system will have two mounts, one for firefly, the first one offered, and one for GoPro.

    I'm using a highly reflective glass that I found from a company here in the USA and their glass comes from Germany. I wanted my system to have the best glass out there. I've invested in great scopes so it's a shame to later pass the image to the crappy glass on that sideshot. My goal is to have. Better glass than the Eagle Vision but provide an affordable solution without any compromise… and if there's any…fixing or improving at lightning speed.

    I was using carbon fiber rods but found out that they can become out of stock and I don't want to depend on that. So I printed my own rods…..and I had a hard time trying to break it…the most I could do was bend it applying extreme force..check pic below. And this is something that if you want later you can upgrade with a CF rod later on your own 

    Video test

     

     

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    Ezana4CE
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    I think the video quality looks great. Very clear. I have a question for you. I’m wondering if you can make one of those to accommodate the discontinued GoPro Hero Session camera. I think they can work nicely to mount as a scope cam due to their compact size and light weight. Does that sound feasible?

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    orion
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    GoPro Hero Session? I haven't seen that but yes I can do that mount for sure… If it has a case with 4 screws I can do it

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    @orion Here’s a link to show what it looks like and specs. GoPro Hero5 Session https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZTLCFX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_JRCEQWC6X46GBKQQTDM1

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    Airgun-hobbyist
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    That looks pretty cool Orion!  Is the camera mount and reflective glass "see through" then, so the user looks through the scope traditionally to take the shot?  I have a Hero 7 Black waterproof case.  How will this mount up?

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    orion
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    I'll need to design the entire case for that one… And for that I'll need that cam with me so I can test that. Not sure if that lens will work due to it being wide angle…. to be honest I don't think is feasible 

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    Airgun-hobbyist

    That looks pretty cool Orion!  Is the camera mount and reflective glass "see through" then, so the user looks through the scope traditionally to take the shot?  I have a Hero 7 Black waterproof case.  How will this mount up?

    Yes its the same concept as sideshot and eagle vision.

    For GoPro I'll develop a different mount. I'll start with the firefly because it's the cam I'm currently using but for GoPro I want to do some tests later

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    orion

    I'll need to design the entire case for that one… And for that I'll need that cam with me so I can test that. Not sure if that lens will work due to it being wide angle…. to be honest I don't think is feasible 

    Damn it. The case is the issue with trying to use it with a side shot styled mounting system. The camera is water proof so there’s really no need for the waterproof housing (case). I guess that’s  why they’re hard to come by. There are these for people who intend to take them to deeper depths on a dive, but the case still uses the thumb screw and odd base. FitStill 60M Dive Housing Case for GoPro Hero 5 Session Waterproof Diving Protective Shell with Bracket Accessories for Go Pro Hero5 Session & Hero Session https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077RF92PH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_VV9YRAGD3MVAX9HJGGBE

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    CP598
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    Nicely done Orion! I just purchased a Side Shot a week ago. Wish I would have waited!! 

     

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    orion
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    Ezana4CE

    orion

    I'll need to design the entire case for that one… And for that I'll need that cam with me so I can test that. Not sure if that lens will work due to it being wide angle…. to be honest I don't think is feasible 

    Damn it. The case is the issue with trying to use it with a side shot styled mounting system. The camera is water proof so there’s really no need for the waterproof housing (case). I guess that’s  why they’re hard to come by. There are these for people who intend to take them to deeper depths on a dive, but the case still uses the thumb screw and odd base. FitStill 60M Dive Housing Case for GoPro Hero 5 Session Waterproof Diving Protective Shell with Bracket Accessories for Go Pro Hero5 Session & Hero Session https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077RF92PH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_VV9YRAGD3MVAX9HJGGBE

    I don't think the case is the big deal but the lens… I'm not sure it will focus the reticle that close….

    CP598

    Nicely done Orion! I just purchased a Side Shot a week ago. Wish I would have waited!! 

     

    If you bought it is because you have the sideshot, one won't exclude the other, if you get the OrionCam later you can always sell your sideshot with my adapter.

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    jking
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    Great job Orion, I like how compact and simplified it is and how close the camera is mounted toward the scope. Sending you a PM also. 

    Jking

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    qball
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    That looks really nice! Any plans on a phone mount? 

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    orion
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    qball

    That looks really nice! Any plans on a phone mount? 

    No phone mount will be available

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    Healthservices
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    Looks great but I see there is no provision for eye cup. Not required with your system or do you just prefer not using them?

    Yeah, I don't like the reflector on the side shot either unless they changed it recently to something better.

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    Healthservices

    Looks great but I see there is no provision for eye cup. Not required with your system or do you just prefer not using them?

    Yeah, I don't like the reflector on the side shot either unless they changed it recently to something better.

    I'm thinking about that. I have 3 options in mind… No eye cup, buy one for it around $13 or print one myself with a flexible material I have 

    I'm not sure what to do yet

     

     

     

     

     

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    Healthservices
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    It seem the standard size is 40mm for eye cups on Amazon, maybe make a tight fitting screw on flange that will take those eye cups? That way if people decide not to use it they just don't screw in the flange. 

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    vinny
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    No phone mount will be available, I need something for the iPhone. That would have been nice 

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    enkey
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    Hi

    The problem I see in the phones is that they currently have a minimum of 3 cameras and you can only make the adjustment with one

    Regards 

    Enkey 

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    stoti
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    Dude, Orion is on it. I texted him the other day because Alex and Cooper both goat GoPro 9 camera’s for Christmas and I can’t find a mount. He said the Firefly camera and his system work great and combined will be cheaper than a mount for my boy’s cameras. We’ll just use the GoPros for other things and have 3 cameras at our disposal. Orion is into it, I’ve got to think this system will be awesome. 

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    Healthservices
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    Buy a member's side-shot/cell phone mount that they converted to gopro, and adapt it to Orion's.

     

     

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