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Our DISCOVERY range of nest box camera systems is, in our opinion, the best available on the market today.
The Nest Box - The nest box itself follows the classic design for a nest box and will attract the widest range of garden birds. We use high quality Western Red Cedar (from renewable sources) so the box requires no treatment with preservatives or other chemicals as the natural oils in the wood will protect it against harsh UK weather conditions. The roof fits into a slot in the rear panel preventing rain from entering the box and is easily removed for cleaning out at the end of the breeding season. The nest box has a removable front panel with a 32mm entrance hole making it suitable for the widest range of garden birds including:
You may read in various publications that the entrance hole must be a particular size to attract a specific species of bird (eg. 25mm for Blue Tits etc). However, these are purely GUIDELINES and our experience has shown (in consultation with the RSPB) that a 32mm hole will not deter Blue Tits, or any of the other small hole nesting garden birds, in the slightest. Using a 32mm hole maximises the chances of a pair of birds nesting in the box, which is the key point if you want to be able to use your camera!
The camera position offers fantastic wide angle views of the inside of the nest box. The whole of the base of the nest box can be seen along with the entrance hole so you wont miss any of the action!
The Camera - All of our nest box cameras are manufactured to our own specification and exacting standards. The camera used in this kit is one of our HIGH quality CMOS type cameras and has a resolution of 420TVL (TV Lines). This will produce colour images during the day and black and white images at night. Infrared light is invisible to the human eye and to birds so it will not affect their natural roosting/nesting process in any way. We use a specific type of Infrared light designed to give the optimum illumination levels inside our nest boxes. This virtually eliminates the bright white spot (known as white out) that plagues many other kits available, producing great images whatever time of day or night you are viewing. A built in highly sensitive microphone helps you to hear as well as see whats going on inside the box too. Finally, the camera also has an adjustable focus lens. This is pre-focused to the correct position but can be easily adjusted at a later date should you require.
The Rest Of The System - Consists of a professional plug n play cable connected to the camera in the roof of the nest box. The other end of the cable has three connectors. They are black, yellow and white. The black one is for power and connects to the 12V DC power adaptor supplied (looks like a mobile phone charger). This plugs into a mains socket. The remaining yellow (video) and white (audio) connectors plug into a spare AV socket on your TV, video recorder or DVD recorder. This can be either a spare scart socket (usually found on the back of the TV or video/DVD recorder) using the scart adaptor supplied or the three RCA type phono sockets (3x round, yellow, white and red sockets) on the front or side of your TV/Video/DVD recorder. Connect the yellow-to-yellow and white-to-white, switch 12v mains adaptor, then select the appropriate AV channel on your TV using your TV remote control.
Nest Box Dimensions:
Exterior H 340 x W 140 x D 180mm
Internal Nest Chamber H 240 x W 103 x D 140mm
This kit can be connected straight to your computer if you have the appropriate connections. Look for a round yellow socket (the same as on your TV) on the back of your PC. If you have one of these connectors on your PC it will most likely be on the graphics card, a TV card or a dedicated capture card. If you dont have this connection or you plan to use a laptop we would recommend using one of our Video to USB adaptors. All you need is a spare USB socket and an audio jack input socket (most computers will have these). Software is supplied to get you started (we have XP/Vista and Apple Mac versions available) but once connected you can pretty much use any piece of software that can accept a live video input (eg. most webcam software). We recommend I-catcher Wildlife. This has full motion detection capabilities and much more!
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You will have the opportunity to add accessories to this kit such as extension cables and the video to USB adaptor after you click on the ADD TO BASKET button above.
The specifications for this product are as follows:
|Audio:||Highly Sensitive Microphone built in|
|Camera Sensor:||1/3" CMOS Colour|
|LEDs IR (night vision):||Yes|
|Lens:||f=3.6mm / F=2.0|
|Lens Angle:||110 Deg|
|Max Current Consumption:||100mA|
|Min Operating Temperature:||-10Deg C|
|Nest Box Material:||Western Red Cedar|
|Nest Box Type:||Multi-species|
|Operating Voltage:||12v DC|