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    Re: Nightvision goggles for developing film?

    Thank you younghoon Kil for the detailed responses.
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    Re: Nightvision goggles for developing film?

    One nice thing about the Nightfox Red IR goggles is that the 18650 battery is not only rechargeable via the goggles' USB port, but it's also removable.

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    Re: Nightvision goggles for developing film?

    How did your lens adaptation go? Have you used your vision correcting lenses in the Nightfox?

    I found the same model used on Ebay and bought it. Went to the local Dollar store and bought the smallest 3.0+ reading glasses I could find. They just fit inside the rubber eye cups and work reasonably well after I took off the arms. Just wedged them in and they seem to be fairly stable. Might have to rig-up a black cloth around the eye cup to be sure of no leaks, but I have a big head and would have probably had to do it anyway.

    Hope to try them for real later tonight.
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    Re: Nightvision goggles for developing film?

    The diopter lenses I purchased from AliExpress will arrive in a few days.
    I hope you get good results.
    Chamonix 45N-2, Chamonix 45H-1

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    Re: Nightvision goggles for developing film?

    The diopter lenses I ordered from AliExpress arrived, and I realized that my eyes needed +8 lenses, so I ordered two +8 diopter lenses again. ($3.99 x 2).
    - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005003152838250.html

    p.s. If the scene flickers when you are wearing the Nightfox IR goggles, it means the battery in the external IR flash light is dead.
    Chamonix 45N-2, Chamonix 45H-1

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    Re: Nightvision goggles for developing film?

    I really didn't understand what kind of diopter lenses you were ordering for that price, but after following the link you gave, I see that as an extremely cheap way to do it.

    Another great tip.

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    Re: Nightvision goggles for developing film?

    Walmart and some of the very low priced stores may have a variety of diopter eyeglasses for about that price.

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    Re: Nightvision goggles for developing film?

    Cut down my first Whole Plate from 8x10 sheet film just now using the Nightfox Red goggles. I could not comfortably wear the correction lenses inside the mask, so I lived with the slight blur and it wasn't too bad.

    I expect my first attempt will show fingerprinting due to my fumbling around while establishing a method to the madness, but overall I am now confident I can work with the goggles.

    You can plan all you want to, but will inevitably find you did not anticipate certain situations until you do it for real, so I am making some notes to adjust the process.

    The goggles did fog-up about 25 minutes into the session, but I could still see well enough to finish the last few minutes.

    Next time, I will certainly wear nitrile gloves.

    As suggested, I bought a IR flashlight and used that to illuminate the paper cutter and table top, which worked well. Both the Nightfox and the IR flashlight have rechargeable batteries, so that makes it convenient.

    I'll know soon if I scratched and finger printed the film badly...
    Kino
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