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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:54 pm 
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I think that with all the hits you've had on this post. It just goes to show you how much we all envy your job.
Beautiful, beautiful country Jeff.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:01 pm 
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I was looking through some videos from last winter. Here is another video from the sandhills region of Nebraska. It was 15 degrees that day but no wind and the sun was out.

Winter is on it's way. The glow plugs on the diesel lit up a few days ago.



The rule is to only ride where you can see grass sticking through the snow. I broke that rule at about 9:30 on the video and got stuck.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:19 pm 
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Here is a link to a live stream camera I installed at the same ranch of the last video I posted. The camera is an inexpensive Chinese pan - tilt - zoom model that sends its 1080P-30fps to a Raspberry Pi that runs a script to convert the RTSP to RTMP for YouTube. The windmill you see on this stream is the spot I started at in the last video.

https://youtu.be/uVydcmjwA8Q

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:03 pm 
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I'm back in the shop for a few days and have a little time to update this thread. Last week I spent a few quick days in WY and UT to service timelapse cameras. I didn't have much time to take pictures, but here are a few.

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It's a great time of year to be in the field. The mornings are in the 30s and the daytime temps reach into the 60s. The trees are changing colors and it is just beautiful.

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Earlier this week I had to make a trip west to work on a few cameras. The first stop was at a rental camera trailer to update the camera and install a timer to kill the power at night.

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The camera is aimed at a bald eagle nest that is inhabited this year. The camera is a 1080P pan-tilt zoom powered by solar and connected to YouTube live via a cellular modem. The link to the livestream is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaeV3774faM

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Notice the liberal use of camo duct tape. The cows in this pasture go out of their way to chew on wires.

Next stop was on the same ranch along a creek. I was greeted by a herd of very friendly horses. They had to rub their nose on every piece of glass on the truck.

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The camera here is a Nikon D300 in a weatherproof housing controlled by a intervalometer.

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The GPS module you see on the red board is used to determine the time of day and location. The MSP430 on the board then calculates the exact sunrise and sunset time so the camera will take a picture at the same start time every day. Also on the board is a real time clock with alarm. The Pi sets the alarm after every image capture then shuts itself off so we have no power drain between pictures. The images are sent to cloud storage by the USB modem that is plugged into the Raspberry Pi. The system powered by three 18650 batteries and a solar panel to charge them.

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My accommodations for the night.

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The next camera was about 150 miles from the previous stop on a very large ranch that raises buffalo.

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The camera is next to a small river watching a waterfall. It was a nice day so I had to fly the drone.

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The camera here is a Nikon D5600. This unit stores the images to a 128gb SD card that I swap every 3 or 4 months. Power is provided by a solar panel and stored by eight 400 farad supercapacitors. So, no batteries at all. That has made the timelapse system much more dependable. A supercapacitor can be drained to 0-volts and recharged without damage to the capacitor. Plus they are not degraded with high or low temperatures. This makes them a perfect choice for remote systems. The timelapse controller in this unit uses a GPS to set the start and stop time every day.

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The spring of 2019 was extremely wet and most of Nebraska experienced major flooding.

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There is usually not a lake here but with all the moisture the ground water is very high. The road was flooded and this is the raised road the county built.

On the way back while driving through central Nebraska I noticed an elk lounging with the cows about 50 yards from the road.

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Elk usually are not found in this part of the state. I called a friend at the fish and game department and he said this elk has been roaming this area for the last five years. I am very surprised he has not been hit by a car. But, he seems to like it around here and the cows don't seem to mind.

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Interesting and fun account!


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A few weeks ago I was asked to build a underwater IP camera. I chose the Dahua 1080P zoom camera for the project. It was removed from the factory housing and installed in a housing I made in the shop. The dome is a Lexan security camera lens cover.

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The camera location was on one of the entrances to a beaver lodge. The ice on the lake has finally melted so I was able to install the camera last week. It is streaming to YouTube live through a cellular modem. Here is a link to the livestream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAjgoX6UPM0 When that is motion in front of the camera, the internal recorder goes back about five seconds and starts recording for thirty seconds. The video is stored on an internal micro SD card. I can then log in and watch the video and download it. Here is a sample from the first day.




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My goodness.. that’s some cool stuff


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Here's another interesting video.


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