During my camera testing I have heavily used my retro alien city space diorama and here below is a video talking about my usage of that diorama for my camera tests:
Now it's time to secure the tube in place and enclose the chassis. For the tube I secured the yoke holder to the base with cable ties and I strapped the tube's head on the foam mount using bag strapping and nuts/bolts to hold it in place.
Then it was time to enclose the tower case chassis. Firstly I cut some flat plastic panels and screwed them in at the front and back. Then for the tower case metal covering I had to cut out a hole so the grid 1/anode 1 adjustment pots can protrude out. Once that was done I screwed the tower case's metal covering over the tower case.
Now that the tube is noise shielded and secured and the camera now is enclosed, it is time to really take the camera, kit and kaboodle outside for an on location filming! First location I chose was close to home, my backyard that is! ;) I took the whole kit and kaboodle out the back yard and set it all up and filmed around the backyard and did activities in front of the camera, it was a lot of fun! :) Here below is my camera chain out the back followed by a log video and the backyard video recordings:
After successfully making a video recording from my Iconoscope camera in the backyard, my next aim was to get this camera out on the road and do on location remote filmings with the whole kit powered from my car battery! I had to first think of a more convenient way of viewing the pictures while I film and I realized a couple of years back I ripped a viewfinder off an old broken 80s National video camera and converted it to a picture monitor, so thought that would be perfect as a viewfinder. So I gaffer taped the viewfinder to the top of the camera and have the viewfinder connected to 12V and the output of the DVD recorder connected to the viewfinder's input and that worked nicely!!! :)
Secondly I had to see how well the camera and the rest of the kit and kaboodle will run of a 12V-240V inverter connected to car battery so I rigged it all up to the inverter and fired it up! The good news is it all fired up A-OK and everything is running, bad news is the picture gets noisy here and there, probably resulting from the inverter's modified sine wave or insufficient grounding, but apart from that I am happy I can now take this camera on the road!!! :D
Now it's time to take this camera on the road. My first on location shot was out in a carpark near Port Kembla Harbour and just down the road from Seascape Cafe. I rigged it all up and fired the camera up and was ready to capture my surroundings! :) I pretty much filmed what I thought was of interest, the plant across the road, Seascape Cafe in the distance, the harbour etc. and included a selfie video as well. :) The picture did get noisy here and there but overall it was a successful capture!
So that was my first on remote location filming with my Iconoscope camera! :) I have since made 5 more on remote location videos from my Iconoscope camera and here they are below:
On location: Hill 60, Port Kembla
On location: West Dapto Rd/Shona Ave, Wongawilli, featuring view of Mt Kembla
On location: HARS Museum, Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park
On location: Berkeley Rd, overlooking view of Berkeley & Lake Illawarra
On location: Cringilla Train Station driveway
So there you have it, my homemade Iconoscope camera working quite well for circuitry designed for a 2/3" vidicon tube and now on the road making videos, I am very pleased with how far I have came with this project and am enjoying making these Iconoscope videos and experiencing what television pictures looked like in the 1930s and 40s!!! :D There is still much more work to go on my Iconoscope camera, it now needs the following to produce an even better picture:
And much more! This camera will be a continuing work in progress!
Now that I had my fun with the camera it is time to provide schematics and signal waveforms for my camera which I've neglected to show in my construction logs.