With the recent non activity in my skies except for satellites, birds, meteors etc, I've been advised by someone on youtube to build a strobing infrared torch to maybe help attract unusual objects with a spectrum of light that humans can't see.
Normally I wouldn't use IR with my night vision equipment because it attracts bugs etc. and can burn out my gen 3 night vision tube if aimed the wrong way.
So I decided to try and build a torch with a straight beam, straight up into the night sky.
An IR laser would be better, but they cost way too much and are kind of illegal here if over 1mw in power. 1mw probably wouldn't even reach the clouds.
So instead I bought an IR illuminating device for a cctv camera.
I got the round shaped one so I could mount it inside a pvc pipe of similar diameter.
To create a sort of pipe shaped beam of light.
Not exactly a laser, but still not spread out everywhere to create havock with my gen 3 nv tube.
I also bought a cheap strobing module to wire to it and a power supply kit to build and also wire to it.
Buying kits are the cheapest way to go, plus I enjoy the soldering assembly :)
I haven't had much time to assemble and build this project so far, but I will in the coming days.
But here is a video of testing the torch while attached to the pvc pipe.
The video has been sped up to save time and upload space.