OSD Cyclops FPV Road Test.

With the Cyclops OSD system you will get a combination of information like GPS Current Sensor plus Voltage readings which are layered onto your FPV screen as a heads up display which is handy when your flying.
However the price of all this at around $130 US makes you wonder if its reliable or even accurate after all if you lose your plane it would be nice to know in what direction and how far away it went.
I have tested two of these now the first one used a rather small GPS which worked pretty well and the second one uses a slightly larger GPS which when its on the ground will read anything from zero to 35 metres.
So imagine flying with your FPV googles looking at your OSD Cyclops display with an altitude of 15 metres and thinking gee that sounds like its so close to your head then you realise after taking a peek that holy crap it is close !!!
Even before I took off the Cyclops OSD indicator of home kept shifting up to 360 degrees from where it started !!
But to be fair I was running it on a Hex and suspect interference from all the wires Outrunner motors ESC’s etc yet the first one seemed rather stable on the same Hex.
One thing to remember too the standard Cyclops current sensor is only rated to 50Amps and will Burn Melt & Smell a lot if you exceed its rating plus it gets real HOT so dont touch it unlike somebody I know Ouch !!!
Voltage readings seem consistence across the testing we did using 3 cell Lipo’s batteries which powered the hex and the Cyclops OSD.
The manual for the Cyclops is really basic but most things are already preset but it gets a little confusing on which pins to use when connecting things but there is the tiniest writing on the circuit board that tells you what the pins on that side of the board are for.
One thing I did find annoying is having to reset the timer and such prior to taking off as it will keep count of how long your in the air which is ok on a long flight but if your doing short test flights you sometimes forget to click everything back to zero.
The problems with this if you can call it that is how do you mount the OSD module as there are no holes or such that you can use to mount it onto something so a little lateral thinking is required.
What I used which works really well is a tic tac box which just happens to be a nice size for the board to fit into once you cut some holes in the ends for the cable then some velcro on it and your done and your Cyclops board is protected too!
Overall the Cyclops OSD is a pretty smart unit which is not only compact but cheap and I suspect on a model plane it would be alot more stable unlike my hex with lots of electrical interference.

AirBuzz signing off!


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