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Suggestion for a budget projector for outdoor use only.

When I say budget, I mean like $200. We currently have a BenQ HT1075 that we use for our main theater and occasionally take it outside, but I'm looking for something that I can use specifically for outdoor use instrad of causing me to take my BenQ off the ceiling...calibrate it...use and then have to recalibrate back into the home theater. Once we get a 4K projector (probably still a few years out), thr BenQ will become the outdoor machine...looking for a cheap substitute in the meantime....

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While not HD, I wouldn't rule out even a SVGA projector for outdoor use if you can get it close to the price you want with the lumens you need. ViewSonic and BenQ both have offerings in the $291-299 on Amazon and you might check for cheaper refurbished versions as well.

I use my ViewSonic SVGA (below) as a travel projector and for the holidays. While I have a spare 1080p, I just grab the SVGA 99% of the time since it is basically disposable.
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At $300 I might just end up stepping up to a 1080p projector for around $500 or try to find something used. What model projectors do you have?

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At $300 I might just end up stepping up to a 1080p projector for around $500 or try to find something used. What model projectors do you have?

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You are right at that price point you might as well get 1080p if you don't need the extra lumens for outdoor use.

We just have two of the old Epson HC2000s and a ViewSonic PJD5134. As a heavy pj user, I stick with the entry level Epsons for the cheap lamps.

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Have you thought about buying a used one?
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Have you thought about buying a used one?
Certainly. I just haven't had any good results in finding a decent used one. I might just wait a little longer and just get a 4k for the main theater space and use the benQ outdoors.

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While not HD, I wouldn't rule out even a SVGA projector for outdoor use if you can get it close to the price you want with the lumens you need. ViewSonic and BenQ both have offerings in the $291-299 on Amazon and you might check for cheaper refurbished versions as well.

I use my ViewSonic SVGA (below) as a travel projector and for the holidays. While I have a spare 1080p, I just grab the SVGA 99% of the time since it is basically disposable.
Those ghosts are terrifying, how'd you do that?

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I bought a refurbished BenQ MS524 for $200 directly from the BenQ website after a coupon code last month and use it specifically for outdoor use. Every month they seem to have a different coupon code you can use, if you search slickdeals you can usually find one. Right now it is coupon SUMMERSAVE and it will give you 15% off which gets it down to $210.

It is only SVGA but I have used it a couple times just on the side of my garage and it looked good to me at about 150". I recently built a 7x12 screen out of old billboard vinyl and pvc but haven't had a chance to try it out but have no doubts the projector will handle it well.
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Those ghosts are terrifying, how'd you do that?
Click here:
https://atmosfx.com/pages/how-to-landing

Or here:
https://atmosfx.com/collections/halloween

HomeDepot sold a complete kit last year for $50 at the store that included a projector. It actually worked very well.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Seasonal-...-THD/206770956
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Those ghosts are terrifying, how'd you do that?
Yep, it is AtmosFearfx. I have both the Ghosts and Phantasms DVDs. The Phantasms DVD is the better of the two.

https://www.amazon.com/AtmosFX-ATX00...ds=atmosfearfx

While I have a rear projection screen, I just use frosted shower curtains over the windows with two projectors. It is a bit much for the smaller kids, but the older kids love it.

The Christmas AtmosCheerfx is fairly good as well for setting the holiday mood.
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