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Trail Cameras...Infrared question

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by KentuckyPatriot, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. KentuckyPatriot

    KentuckyPatriot Photojournalist

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    I have a need to catch 2 legged critters in the act of trespassing and/or damaging property.

    I think I can get what I want by hiding a trail camera on my property...one that is obviously motion activated.

    A couple questions:

    1. - Are the infrared led's visible to human eyes? I am sort of thinking that with animals it would not be an issue, but believe there may be some level of visibility to the human eye
    2. - Would the motion activation work in the dark? Again, I think if it is a quality product it should work fine, I would just have to know the approximate distance able to be sensed.
    3. - Anyone with any similar use that can share their insights?

    Thanks all!
     
  2. FullClip

    FullClip NRA Benefactor CLM

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    Here is a picture my Leupold camera took of a fox one night one the lake in front of my house.

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    You can see the range of the infrared light flash in the snow around him. And at least on my unit, the flash can be seen by humans. Not sure about other types that may use a different wave length light for the flash.
     

  3. Adjuster

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    I had this same question for one of the camera manufacturers. Yes the normal IR is visible to the human eye as well as most cameras have a blinking light on the front to show their level of rediness. What the manufacturer told me is I want a type of camera with 'black IR' that is not visible to the human eye.

    Here is an example of a 'black IR' camera.

    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/moultrie-i-45-game-spy-black-ir-camera.aspx?a=808559


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  4. JBG30

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  5. KentuckyPatriot

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    Thanks for the info! Just what I expected on the visibility issue and for the new info on Black IR!:wavey:
     
  6. ithaca_deerslayer

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    Good info in this thread. Two legged predators are the worst kind.
     
  7. wingspar

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    I have that same camera. Works great during the day, but leaves a lot to be desired at night. The black IR is undetectable by the human eye and there are no blinking lights to indicate that your photo just got taken, but the flash it produces reflects off of bright objects, and if your subject is moving at all, it will be blurred..

    This is the neighbors cat.

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    A coon that showed kept eating the bait out of the trap I had set for him without setting off the trap. Trap is not in this photo.

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    This is me messing around with the camera just after setting up focused on a trap set for a coon. I am not wearing glasses, and there is no way I could be identified. Photo quality too poor.

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