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|Tuesday September 16, 2014|
In the spring of 2012, I began using a new digital camera and software to control it. I switched to Sebectec software, and began using an Olympus SP-500UZ digital camera. The new software allows me to set it up for more frequent images, and it will also create time lapse movies from the images. During daylight hours, a new image is taken every 15 seconds. At night, it uses a 30 second exposure, but because of processing time, the images are about a minute and a half apart. Each hour, a time lapse is made of the pictures from the previous three hours, and at the end of each day, a time lapse is made of that day's pictures.
Because I was having stability issues with the original type of suction cup camera mount, I switched to the Panavise 809, which will provide a totally stable platform.
See below for what was used previously.
The VM95 software can be a bit tricky to setup. Using info and links in the Weather-Watch.com forum linked above, I was able to get it setup pretty easily. The only problem I had was getting a media card for the camera, since it didn't come with one. The C-4000Z uses SmartMedia, a defunct type. It took a few weeks before I was able to get one from a fellow Westfordite. With that, the camera went on-line. So far, so good.
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