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    Hey, that looks like the top of a little Targus mini tripod. Great idea zap! I always have trouble lining mine up with double-sided tape.

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    That is a Targus tripod ($13 at bestbuy)

    I bought enough aluminum to make a bracket that would share bolts with the back-up light bolts. (I don't like making new holes in the car)
    But it just worked out that it holds in place without needing bolts.
    That 3mm thick aluminum was surprisingly easy to bend into shape using just a clamp, mallet and the edge of my work table.

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    what do you guys think about this camera?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NIGHTVISION-REAR...QQcmdZViewItem

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    It doesn't show lux so you can't tell how good it will be at night or did I miss something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapwizard View Post
    Here is my PT Cruiser mount:



    I have a SuperCircuit PC823XS mounted in a modified logitech webcam housing.

    The camera specs are:
    120 degree field of view
    480 lines of resolution
    Full color
    0.05 Lux low light rating
    Auto shutter, auto gain and auto backlight

    Where did you get this camera? Is it a CCD sensor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sivart321 View Post
    Where did you get this camera? Is it a CCD sensor?
    See here:
    2006 PT Cruiser -Mac Mini

    Part of my overall project:
    2006 PT Cruiser -Mac Mini

    Yes the camera is a 1/3" CCD
    http://www.supercircuits.com/index.a...OD&ProdID=5684

    I just bought a Composite to VGA convector today so I should have a image of the camera view online in a few days.

    /Edit, Curiosity beat me by one minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapwizard View Post

    I just bought a Composite to VGA convector today so I should have a image of the camera view online in a few days.
    I am curious to see the quality... I have the cheap ebay one reccomended way earlier in this thread and am not super thrilled with it. Image quality is lacking and it sucks at night. Yours seems like a step up in many ways and I could easily fit it where my camera is now. Much cheaper than the mp3car store one, too. Seems like they have similar specs, too? Other then the IR leds?

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    Photo taken from my driveway. As you can see you can see a heck of a lot.
    The wide angle does however do that whole "Object may be closer then they appear" effect.
    The photo was taken at dusk, after the sun went down.
    My only problem right now is how to mirror the image, while you can see out the back, the side that things are on it not intuitive.

    The camera I used doesn't use IR LEDs to get a 0.05 lux rating.

    /Edit more info: The composite to VGA convertor has good image sharpness, but kills some of the color, it has a saturation adjustment that helps with that. I like that it also has TV without needing to use a cumbersome TV program on OSX, it even has a scan button the remote that does the auto-scan without menus, perfect for finding TV in a new area while traveling.
    It was $40 at fry's and is made by a company called Mac...something very generic.
    It looks identical to the Avermedia TVBox7 http://www.aver.com/mpd/tvbox7.html which was $10 more.
    Fry's sells that one too, I may buy it tomorrow and see if the color quality is any better.

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    Oooh.. reversing the image... I had totally forgotten about that. Any idea how you are going to fix that? I know my cheapo ebay one does it, but as mentioned, I would like an alternative.

    Also, can you take another photo showing just how dark it is sometime when you get a chance? Its hard to tell what you'd be able to see normally.

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