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Just wanted to pass along. I ended up getting a Torpedo dark room projector off of ebay for around $100. I tried to find it in stores but no go. I probably went to like 10 different targets & walmarts.

The quality of this projector is very good. Of course, the darker the better but it's perfect for our halloween use!! I did a Madame Leota setup. Worked like a charm!

The quality isn't HD or anything like that but for Halloween prop use it more than measures up. I turned on the lights in the room and used it. You could still see the image fairly well. The reviews on this thing are very good too (that's what sold me on it).

I would say this is a definite buy cause the cost is well below the cheapest projector I have seen out there. Personally there is no way I am putting an $800 or more expensive projector outside. and plus for what I paid...I could end up getting 8...oh, the projects I would do...muhahaha!!!
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Hey Billman, thanks for the advice! I've been contemplating getting a projector for my yard haunt and that price is great =)

I read on ebay that it can be hooked up to video game consoles, video cameras and digital cameras, but it didn't say anything about DVD players or PC's. Do you know if this can be done?

Thanks!

~Heidi~
yeah, it accepts RCA plugs. like so:



There are all sorts of converters out there...so you can basically hookup any device. USB to RCA:


...3mm to RCA...and so on..I saw you can even hookup an iPhone. This gives all sorts of possibilities to set this thing up.

I think it's true with all the bad reviews on this thing...they are expecting some sort of HD quality from a cheap projector. The "screen door" effect is really evident if you blow this thing up to a full wall size...smaller sizes not so bad.

IMHO for what we do...it is perfect and best of all cheap!!
 

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Nice Find!! I would use that in my house but never put that outside. Risk of theft or damage..$360 to me is too much money to chance on one thing.

that's another thing...as far as bulbs. If you have to ever buy one, they are really expensive.
That torpedo uses a standard 35w halogen bulb you can get at any home improvement store.

I bet you could put a better/stronger bulb in it. It would probably be even better. But really if you are using it just for outside at night..it should be good enough...

Now for projecting onto the whole house that projector would be the better deal.
 

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remember to keep an eye on the resolution.

Ebay projector from china ( 800 x 600 pixels )

Torpedo projector ( 960 x 240 pixels )

Mini AV LED Projector ( 480 x 240 pixels )
 

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Cold where you are at? I am afraid the cold would damage it.Normally in the fall the weathers not that bad maybe 47 degrees at night and high 50's in the day.So if its that temperature I feel safe that it would be ok.This year however was different 47 for the highs and in the low 30's at night.
Has anyone left their projector out in colder weather ?
OHHH and the projector shipped today.
You should be fine...just give some ventilation in the box. The cold will help. Cause when I say it gets hot...it really gets hot. I made the mistake once with an overhead projector type of display put in a box. It got so hot that it conked out.

You could always put a thermometer in the box and check the temp.
 
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