4606Re: small dome + fisheye on a reasonable budget
- Jul 20, 2014It sounds like we're on the same journey. I'm almost done with mine. Everything has arrived, and I'm doing the final setup today.
DOME:Specifically, the RP-AV36FL (3 foot). They imply that there's a four-foot version, but that was too large for my office.PRO:- perfect size to hang above my desk- the inside color is a beautiful matte gray- very, very lightweight- < $400 (including shipping)CON:- none so far!PROJECTOR:PROs:- extremely long lamp life (30,000 hours)- full 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080p) native resolution
- 100,000:1 contrast ratio- re-purposable (it's a full-on set-top box, with tuner, WiFi, ethernet.blah blah blah)- $1299CONs:- 1000 lumens (the specs say "up to", and they're not kidding - it's more like 500)- long throw, so the projector is 8+ feet away- no zoom- not 3D readyFor me the lamp life & native HD resolution were the overriding factors.MOUNTING:- hang the dome a couple of two ceiling hooks and some 18 g wire threaded through the already-drilled holes in the flanged rim of the dome. (I told you - it's really lightweight) ($6)
- small dome tilt created by more wire and a couple of suction-cup hooks ($3)- projector is mounted across the room, bolted onto a prosumer tripod ($75), projecting over my headTOTAL COST: approx. $1750All of this stuff arrived on Friday, so I am literally going to press "Send" and do the final setup. Fun times in the Lab! I'll let you all know how things go!
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