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Old May 12, 2005, 07:41 AM
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100% vibration free mission with the BlackSky Cam mount

Just wanted to share that I had an awesome couple flights on an important job. I usually have about 5% of my 1 gig of photos show up with vibration in them, but AMEN !!!, I hit 0% yesterday.

The proof is in the pictures, I also included some photos of my BlackSky set up. One word - simple -, and the most important thing - IT GETS THE JOB DONE EVERYTIME!!.

Enjoy,

BlackSky
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Old May 12, 2005, 08:19 AM
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BlackSky,

Nice pictures, BTW. A couple of questions:

How does the mount dampen vibrations? Itís not obvious to me how this mount would dampen vibrations better than some others from say the motor.

How would you use this mount in/on a Magpie, for instance?

Thanks.

Jack
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Old May 12, 2005, 09:36 AM
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I have one of these mounts, I have not built the plane yet. I think that the mount should dampen a lot of vibrations because it places the entire mass of the camera out on a long moment arm away from the SS fuselage. Vibrations would be transmitted to the camera with a low degree of mechanical advantage. It's like taping a 4 oz weight to the end of a ruler, and trying to shake the weight by holding just the first inch or so of the other end of the ruler. You will be able to do it, but most of the shaking force will be turned into a torsional movement and it will be minimized. I am looking forward to try it out on my new AP plane.

As an aside, I took a lot of photos of my place of work in galveston and sent them around to co-workers. It got the attention of the PR office and they contacted me wanting to know if they could have mne take some more photos to use on thier web site. In return they offered to buy me some toys for my plane! I immediately had them order the 1 watt digital link from

http://www.microwireless.net/digitallink.htm

I will be building my AXI 2808/24 powered SS, sporting this link system, my Optio S5i, FMA copilot, and Tanic 2220 3s1p cells in the coming weeks! It will be using the black sky mount. I will be placing velcro over a wide range of the fuse so I can move the camera anywhere down the length of the fuse to achive proper balance. You guys should give this mount a chance, It looks very promising for the price.

The only problem that I think I will have with it is that I would like to be able to tighten the latch mechanism via a screw. It is tight enough now, but over time I think it might get a little looser. I may have to put shims in it. If you guys at black sky could use a slightly different mechanism it would make a better mount. Something like the way bicycle wheels mount. I tighten to a certain point with a srew mechanism, and then flip the lever over.
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Old May 12, 2005, 04:27 PM
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That is a Slo Stick right?

What's the difference between a SS and a Slo-V other than the V tail and ailerons? I see the SS as clearly superior with the ailerons but unfortunately I already have a Slo-V ..... striped of original gear and something workable in its place. What kind of weight are you lifting here?

I have an Olympus 770 but it is HEAVY.. I'm not sure the Slo-V will haul it around. I spent too much $$ on it to risk damaging it.


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Old May 12, 2005, 07:00 PM
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d9: weigh your camera and strap on an equivilent weight and fly.
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Old May 12, 2005, 07:02 PM
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The ss has fake ailerons. There are threads on the forum where people have put real ones one, but stock it is R/E/T

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Old May 12, 2005, 08:10 PM
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BlackSky,

Nice pictures, BTW. A couple of questions:

How does the mount dampen vibrations? Itís not obvious to me how this mount would dampen vibrations better than some others from say the motor.

How would you use this mount in/on a Magpie, for instance?

Thanks.

Jack

One word - MAGIC - I have chosen to mount it using Indus. strength velcro. On the fuse, on the upper part of the shaft and velcro strips to bond them together for a super bond. Any vibration is dissipated through the velcro. Like I said magic.

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Old May 12, 2005, 09:23 PM
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What do you have your camera wrapped in? It almost looks like wet suit material?
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Old May 13, 2005, 08:53 PM
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What do you have your camera wrapped in? It almost looks like wet suit material?
I made that camera case out of a sheet of foamie I got from walmart. They have 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of it for less than a buck.

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Old May 14, 2005, 09:11 AM
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I'm almost ready to take up my SS for the first time. Been looking at your camera mount, can most cameras fit on it? I see you use a rubber band, how effective is it?

Seems too simple.
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Old May 15, 2005, 04:03 PM
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Congrats!!! You're going to start having fun soon. The mount has a standard camera attachment. It fit's most camera.

Yes the rubberband trigger is simple and effective. That's the key.

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Old May 18, 2005, 03:00 PM
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How does the rubberband trigger work?

I'm unclear as to how it works.
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Old May 18, 2005, 04:33 PM
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The rubber band just holds the shutter button down which takes photos every few seconds (as fast as the camera can take them).
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Old May 19, 2005, 06:34 AM
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As shown in the photo the rubber band streches around the camera. I've attached a small black plastic knob on the rubber band with super glue.
Then when I'm ready to fly I hook up the rubber band with the knob on top of the button so it holds it down.

In sports mode it'll take 200 photos with the button down.

This works great for me. Hope this helps.

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Old May 19, 2005, 07:05 PM
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d9: weigh your camera and strap on an equivilent weight and fly.
Much to my amazement a Slo-V will lift an Olympus 770 at 361g.

I put an equal amount of weight on it and the dang thing flew.

Before I put the cam on there I'll need stiffer landing gear for sure. Any ideas?

Still puckering after that flight

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