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Posted: 3/15/2017 1:05:00 PM EDT


Just wanted to show off my latest creation. PVS-5 tubes in a PVS-18 dual mount setup. The battery/switch compartment were made by me. I am currently finishing the diopter rings in the back and will start work on an ANVIS battery adapter once they are complete. I don't currently have a helmet with a mount on it so there isn't a huge rush for that. I thought they turned out really well and wanted to share with the community.
Link Posted: 3/15/2017 2:12:44 PM EDT
Seriously killer start. The ergonomics will blow a PVS-5 away.
Link Posted: 3/15/2017 2:42:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2017 2:48:45 PM EDT by Clayborne]
Thanks I bought the bridge to run dual PVS-14's but they were pretty clunky looking in it (one is a dual battery setup the other a single). I know PVS-14 ism made of an impact resistant polymer but I quite like the durability the aluminum casing of the PVS-5 offers better also. Plus its nice only having one switch. I will say that it was pretty nice having gain control with the dual 14 setup up though.
Link Posted: 3/15/2017 3:44:26 PM EDT
That's not bad at all. Looks awesome for a Frankenstein setup. How well does work?
Link Posted: 3/15/2017 4:40:52 PM EDT
No complaints one of the tubes is a little dimmer than the other which isn't really that noticeable at night. Optics are nice, but image isn't quite as crisp as my 14's but one would expect that I suppose. All and all for the money invested I am quite happy and these will probably replace one of my 14's in my go bag.
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 7:51:38 AM EDT
Very nice!! Good job and thanks for sharing!
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 9:12:43 AM EDT
Is that a dual pvs18 bridge or a dual pvs14 bridge?
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 10:35:22 AM EDT
PVS-18 is what it was labeled when I bought it, found it on ebay for 120 bucks! Cheapest I found for the 14 ones new was 350 and I am cheap.
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 9:39:19 PM EDT
Hows the power wired?
Link Posted: 3/16/2017 11:48:27 PM EDT
Cool build - I saw something similar on eBay / the EE a couple of years ago and it looks like a really slick setup. I have been wondering what to do with my new old stock PVS-5 lens paid that I picked up for a hobby.

You can get the LEMO FGG 0B 304 4-pin connector and run your power directly to an ANVIS battery pack which would make a great counterweight. The connector is ~$15-$30 on eBay.
Link Posted: 3/17/2017 2:43:51 AM EDT
How much do you think you have into that OP?
Link Posted: 3/17/2017 2:12:35 PM EDT
Yeah I am making an adapter that screws into the battery compartment and will allow you to use the anvis battery pack (but they are expensive so holding off on that till I find one that is a steal).

That is how the wiring is handled. Has a clicky on the battery that conrolls the on and off.

I have never added up the costs but here is an estimate:

upgraded front lenses = 30 each
Tubes = 200 and 325
Bridge = 120

So aproximately 675 not counting materials which I had on hand or the hours it took me to build it.
Link Posted: 3/17/2017 2:43:38 PM EDT
Also mods can remove this if not allowed but just wanted to give a quick plug for ebay user Nightsite. They sold me most of the parts and all of my experiences with them have been really pleasant. Plus they are fellow Tennesseans!
Link Posted: 3/17/2017 6:09:24 PM EDT
So what does that actually mount to? It doesn't look like the std bayonet mount or the dovetail type mount?
Link Posted: 3/17/2017 6:58:07 PM EDT
It has accommodations for an wilcox PVS-18 shoe. The bridge didn't come with one, but I have one on order and it should be here Monday. Then I will have the majority of what I wanted to accomplish done. After that its a waiting game as Wilcox mounts and battery packs are hella expensive. I still need to mark the rear diopters to give some sort of feedback while focusing (think PVS-14 rear objective). Still trying to figure this out as I don't have an indexing wheel and want them to be marked in equal increments. Other than that its pretty much done. I have a Surefire m952v mounted on my rifle so I didn't see any need for an integrated IR. I'm happy to have received so many favorable comments about my build.

Thanks to all
Link Posted: 3/17/2017 7:47:46 PM EDT
Cant wait to see it mounted!
Link Posted: 3/20/2017 4:29:25 PM EDT
Well!


That's pretty slick and creative!
Link Posted: 3/20/2017 8:29:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2017 8:31:33 PM EDT by chosos]
I think that I can resolve your battery pack problem - I have a particular set of skills... I 3D printed a bunch of these out of solid ABS for a MOD3 project. I've actually been using them with all sorts of stuff and they work really well. Very simple design and it can take being driven over. Plus, it really keeps in line with the DIY aspect of the project. :-)

$12 should cover my parts and shipping. 3V Runs AA's. I will include a cheap set of connectors, but you should really get the LEMO connectors and if not, then I'd suggest something cheap that is IP67 rated.

Here is a lemo compatible end you can use...
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campId=5337559805&toolId=10001&customId=j0it1ltqr400zk8a00004&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2F171988719634:g:HQ4AAOSw7hRWOgeD

Link Posted: 3/21/2017 12:49:30 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Clayborne:
Yeah I am making an adapter that screws into the battery compartment and will allow you to use the anvis battery pack (but they are expensive so holding off on that till I find one that is a steal).
http://i65.tinypic.com/1sfbbp.jpg
That is how the wiring is handled. Has a clicky on the battery that conrolls the on and off.

I have never added up the costs but here is an estimate:

upgraded front lenses = 30 each
Tubes = 200 and 325
Bridge = 120

So aproximately 675 not counting materials which I had on hand or the hours it took me to build it.
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Wow way less than I thought. For that I might start to tinker.
Link Posted: 3/21/2017 2:46:01 PM EDT
Ordered a Wilcox mount and helmet. I have messaged above poster about the battery pack you guys might see a helmet mounted pic very soon!
Link Posted: 3/21/2017 4:07:21 PM EDT
you might have PM'd the wrong person because I didn't get anything. :-)
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