How to Make a Camera Scope

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How to Make a Camera Scope
Adding a camera to a rifle involves mounting it, so it works the same way as a regular rifle scope. (rifle image by petar Ishmeriev from

While a camera mounted on a rifle scope does not tend to be the most common way to use a video camera, it can serve some benefit. Setting up this sort of construction can provide video of hunting exploits, it can be used to develop training guides on how to aim a rifle, or it can be used as a scope itself without having to blind one eye to use it. The process involves simple steps and few basic tools typically available in a household.

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Things you need

  • Rifle
  • Portable and small video camera
  • Adaptor lens rings
  • Rifle scope
  • Glue or adhesive
  • Black tape

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  1. 1

    Locate all the necessary equipment including the video camera, rifle scope and adaptor lens rings. Spread out the parts on a worktable under good lighting. Take the cover cap off the video camera and put it aside for the moment.

  2. 2

    Take the first adaptor lens and make sure it's the right size to screw into the back end of the rifle scope. Twist it onto the scope. Take the next adaptor ring and screw it into the first adaptor ring on the scope, providing a step-down size. Make sure the second ring matches the first and lowers down to the correct size on the video camera lens.

  3. 3

    Take the video camera and screw it into the second adaptor ring on the scope, twisting it until the camera is securely tight on the two rings and the scope. Use a glue or resin to keep the assembly screwed in and together. Wrap up the connected parts with tape to prevent dust from getting in.

    Lay the whole assembly on the table. Point the scope away from you with the back of the video camera facing you. Turn the video camera on. Confirm that the image it sees on the monitor is the visual coming through the scope.

  4. 4

    Turn off the camera and secure the whole assembly to the rifle it will be attached to. Attach it through the scope as it would normally be installed. Take the rifle assembly and point it at a target. Turn on the camera and confirm the visual data feed coming through the camera is consistent with what should be seen through the scope. Use the camera scope as needed for practice shooting or videotaping of hunting.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a video camera with a side-flip monitor screen. This way the camera monitor can be adjusted for multiple angles to be easily seen while holding the rifle.
  • Make sure the camera and adaptor rings are screwed in tight, but don't over-strip them. Any looseness will cause the camera to wiggle free from the end of the rifle scope, and it will eventually fall off and the adaptor threads get damaged.

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