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Old 10-29-2004, 06:33 PM
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Hello all,

I had fun flying this morning in some low clouds burning off in the morning sunshine. I was hoping to fly above the cloud cover to get some shots looking between the cloud layers.
Everything was going fine until my plane flies behind a cloud. You can't hear these electrics... After about 15 seconds of flying blind, I had to put it in a dive to see where I ended up.
Anyway here's some edited clips from flight. I wish I hung in there a few more seconds, I probably would have gotten some really nice video after breaking the cloud plane.

I haven't seen too many new posts in a while, lets all go flying...

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[link]http://webpages.charter.net/pfedel/Morning%20Clouds1.wmv[/link]


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Old 10-30-2004, 12:08 AM
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Wow, very nice video and really cool with the clouds in the picture! We need details....plane, camera etc!

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Old 10-30-2004, 01:24 AM
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Yea that's some high quality video Obviously a pretty nice setup.
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Old 10-30-2004, 09:58 AM
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Hi, Thanks for the comments.

My setup is actually all "ebay" but I am about ready to go with the 200mw Blackwidow setup on a Condor Magic powered sailplane. Here's what I am curently using:

Accipter Badius - airplane, with the straight wings, but I used some fishing line to keep the wings from flexing too much.

Camera is just a cheap 200mw ebay system (probably 50mw rf), but I built a patch ant. on a tripod and I power the reciever with a 12 volt field battery.

A big disadvantage with these CMOS cameras is extreme lighting conditions, I have tried positioning the camera in the front, side, underneath, looking back, etc. I get the best flights in later afternoon, or under slightly cloudy conditions.

I think it helps having part of the plane in the camera view to help keep the contrast more balanced overall in flight.

With the camera facing forward I get too much glare and dark images, also with it facing towards the rear of the plane, as you climb in elevation it points more in a downward position with less sky.

I use a Sony Digital 8 camera to capture the video. It has a small display that I can look at during the flights to make sure I have a signal.
I use the Image Mixer software from Sony to dump the video into the PC, and perform the editing and music. Then I use the Windows Movie maker 2 to add titles, fade-in/outs and a great feature of this program is the ability to save the file in many different viewing formats, this way a one minute feature could range in file size from as small as 2 megs up to 100. For posting and emailing I use a 30fps, 340 kbps or greater format.

This may be redundant information for some of you, but it works well for me.

Thanks for checking it out.

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Dang, that's some really good video from a cmos camera Under the right conditions they work pretty well but sunlight doesn't seem to be one of thos conditions.....
I know where you can get a really light board ccd camera if you're interested.
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Old 10-30-2004, 10:57 AM
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Hey, where did you put the fishing line on your badius? Out at the end of the spar? I've got one and I'd like to limit some of that flexing also.
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Hi Randall1959,
I thought about adding a CCD camera on this ebay system, I wasn't sure if the voltages would match up without adding a 5v regulator, this one is running one of those 8v rated systems. I probably will just leave it the way it is and get the BlackWidow system and be done with it.

On the Badius wing flex issue. I ran some 10 lb test line from the end of the spars and pulled it tight across the fuse bottom. It seems to keep the wings in a little more control without adding a lot of weight or change in the aerodynamics.

I was buzzing my house yesterday doing some LAV (low altitude video) I was trying to get some new and extreme views. I ran a few passes about a foot over the roof line and another time I got close enough to see into my upstairs bedroom window... It was kind of fun, you would never dream of doing this with a glow powered, or larger model.
Anyway, after about 20 trips, I got a radio hit and straight down into the grass. I was surprised to see the plane was ok even though the nose dug into the earth about 3 inches and dirt was spread all over the wings... I will have to post some video, I don't have the crash though, it was on the other side of the house and the signal was blocked when it dipped below the roof line.

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