I hadn't thought about the bat cam attracting bats. Makes sense.
I have seen the bat cams on ebay for cheap. I wouldn't recommend them for snapping pics for the family photo album but I have been getting a lot of mileage out of them.
I took my first one to work and let it snap pictures during our open house. Kind of fun to cycle through the pics like drawings on a flip pad.
The kite rig has been reconfigured several times. It has bounced of the ground when the kite took a sudden nose dive and it has been dragged through the brush. It has kept working so far (knock wood).
Originally I had the bat cam tied in-line with the kite string through holes in the printed circuit board. I got a few good pics that way but most were blurred. Recently I built a
simple picavet for it. I took the picavet out today to test it but the winds were light and variable. I was only able to keep the kite aloft for a short while. Still, the picavet looks promising. Most of the pictures it took today were clear and a few were only slightly blurred.
Basically the picavet lets gravity level that camera platform. The two center lines are held close together by a small ring to minimize rotation. I wonder if this sort of suspension would be of any use on a balloon?
Anybody get blurry pictures on the way up?
Roger Hammond <rahammond@...> wrote:
Congratulations on you and your wife getting your Tech Licenses!
I use 200 lb. Spectra kite line and haven't had any problems, however, it may a little over-kill.
Were the bats threatened by the Batman camera? ;-)
Seriously, after you mentioned the inexpensive Batman cameras you were using, I went to Wal-Mart the next day to see if they had any. All I could find were some pink princess cam's, I opted to not purchase one.
Rog - KC0MWM
Last Sunday I took the technician exam. I am now Brek KC0YOE. My wife had been listening to me as I studied. I read out loud to improve retention. She decided she had listened well enough that she wanted to take the test as well. She is now Angela KC0YOF. :)
When I'm read then I can start working on the balloon tracking system. Recently I have been flying one of my
cameras from a kite. I have 7 foot delta conyne. Some of the KAP sites recommend a bigger kite. In winds like we had today, the 7 footer is big enough.
My line was humming like something from a sci-fi movie. Towards dusk a couple of bats came out and flew around the line for several minutes. That was fun to see.
By the way, I have a bunch of 110 pound dacron kite string. Is it any good f! or the balloon or what sort of line do I need?
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