My tutorial how to modify the Quanum Cyclops is online!
While doing research what FPV goggles I want to buy I saw Dvogonen from RCGroups.com trying to modify the firmware of the Quanum Cyclops FPV goggles.
I wasn’t sure which goggles I wanted to buy with a low-budget but his firmware mod has persuaded me to go for the Quanum Cyclops.
The goggles I had in mind beside the Quanum Cyclops where the Quanum DIY FPV v2 Pro, Quanum Fatshark Genesis, Eachine EV800 and the Eachine Goggle One.
I liked the ease of the Cyclops working out of the box without any mods or extra equipment. The EV800 and Goggle One from Eachine weren’t released yet and got delayed several times so those fall off. The Quanum Genesis look very promising as well but as of today there isn’t any indication for a price or release date. The last goggles I had in mind where the DIY goggles from Quanum which where out of stock by the time I was picking a goggle so the Quanum Cyclops was the only one that was left. I was keeping in mind Dvogonen was modifying the firmware for the Cyclops adding a manual channel selection function so that would be good for the future if I wanted to fly with somebody else around.
The Quanum Cyclops FPV goggle.
Before I did this mod I flew once with the Quanum Cyclops for my very first FPV experience!
I don’t have any comparison with other FPV goggles but I am really happy with my Cyclops.
The build quality of the Quanum Cyclops looks solid and the accompanying box is convenient to carry in your goggles because the foam inside it.
The non-blue TFT monitor is very clear and has good image quality. It has a 800×480 pixels resolution and comes with a magnifying lens which is adjustable to your own preference. A bit of light comes inside the goggles on the bottom just beneath your nose but this doesn’t have any effect on the quality or visibility of the screen.
I don’t wear glasses myself and have good eyes so I can’t say if these goggles are any good for people with glasses but my dad who does wear glasses didn’t have to put them off to wear the goggles. He neither had any trouble to focus on the screen and could see a clear picture with his glasses on inside the goggles.
For it’s size the goggles are amazingly light! I expected the goggles to be a lot heavier and maybe a bit annoying to wear but this isn’t the case at all.
They’re pretty comfortable to wear and very light but they’re not easy to put on your head while flying and/or walking.
The range also depends on the VTX and I haven’t really been able to test what range the receiver has but 200 meter away shouldn’t be an issue.
The build in receiver is able to receive 40 channels and is raceband compatible. I haven’t been able to test how it holds up with more people flying around but from what I’ve read this shouldn’t be an issue.
- Good image quality
- Plug & Play
- Raceband compatible
- Wearing glasses inside the goggles
- Some light bleeding in from the bottom
- No manual channel selection without modification
- No output for a DVR without modification
For now I would recommend anybody these goggles but please keep in mind that I don’t have any comparison equipment.
Equipment needed for the modification.
While waiting for the goggles and the FPV gear to arrive Dvogonen kept improving his modified firmware adding more features and improvements.
By the time I write this he just released version 1.3 of his Cyclops+ firmware which is the one I installed on my goggles and we’re talking about here.
The OLED display isn’t necessary but I would highly recommend it because of all the extra information it provides.
Here’s a list of the equipment I used for this mod:
- USBASP programmer
- USBASP 10 to 6 pin converter
- OLED display (Optional)
- Normal & curved pinheaders
- Silicon wire
I will write a detailed tutorial how I modified my goggle soon so come back here once in a while or follow me on social media to stay up to date with my blog.
If you can’t wait check out Dvogonen’s GitHub for more info about this mod. All the credits go to him for making this mod possible!
For now you’ll have to do it with some pictures of my modification. 😉
The tutorial how to modify the Quanum Cyclops is online.
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