Telescoping Pole AP Camera Build Thread! - RC Groups
Shop our Airplanes Products Drone Products Sales
Thread Tools
May 07, 2005, 02:39 PM
Registered User

Telescoping Pole AP Camera Build Thread!

Last edited by Bluecor; Jul 22, 2005 at 03:24 AM.
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
May 07, 2005, 03:37 PM
Registered User
crashingagain's Avatar
I might have to try one of those, I found them at the same price but with free shipping at

part no mfj 1910 in search box
May 07, 2005, 04:35 PM
Suspended Account
For pan all you would have to do is rotate the pole. And for tilt, maybe put a clevis joint on the mount and use a lever with a small rod for that.
Last edited by randall1959; May 07, 2005 at 04:41 PM.
May 07, 2005, 05:55 PM
Hogster's Avatar
How is it supported at the bottom? Is it wedged into the ground or into a stand? 33ft is quite long for a pole that's only supported by a person .... How did you find it handled?

I did actually try this a few years ago with some long pipes of some sort .... it may have even been bamboo canes! Let me see if I can find one of the photos I took ........

Blimey ... it's taken me over an hour to search through my photos (000s), but I finally found it!

Taken from the top of a rather wobbly bamboo'n'string construction!
May 07, 2005, 10:19 PM
Registered User
Ha! Good idea! Now I am feeling really dumb. :P
Last edited by Bluecor; Jul 22, 2005 at 03:25 AM.
May 07, 2005, 10:42 PM
Registered User
nice pictures
Last edited by Bluecor; Jul 22, 2005 at 03:25 AM.
May 08, 2005, 07:53 AM
Rip-N-Burn's Avatar
The real challenge will be building a pan and tilt mount for this. Anyone have experience and care to join in on the insanity
X-10's Ninja works vey very well.
Last edited by Rip-N-Burn; Oct 02, 2007 at 12:36 AM.
May 08, 2005, 11:10 AM
I crash, therefore I FLY!
mad mike's Avatar
Using your car or truck to anchor the base plate is a good idea. But if you can't park where you are going to shoot, include a hand truck or dolly in your kit and include some sand bags.

That way, you aren't tied to your parking space.

Mike S.
Spring Hill, FL
May 08, 2005, 11:21 AM
De-Brushed user
If you have to have a car to anchor it, why not just rig it up so that it bolts into the trailer hitch?
May 08, 2005, 02:27 PM
I crash, therefore I FLY!
mad mike's Avatar
Don't see why not, but I think I'd rather be able to place the pole where ever I wanted, instead of having to use it where ever I could park.

No reason one couldn't be built so that it could be weighted with the tire, mounted on a hitch or truck bed, and used away from the auto with sand bags providing the anchor weight.


Mike S.
May 08, 2005, 03:09 PM
De-Brushed user
I too think that a setup that did not require a vehicle to anchor would be best, but if you are going to use a vehicle having it plug into the trailer hitch would be a better way than having to drive onto it to anchor it.
May 08, 2005, 03:19 PM
Rip-N-Burn's Avatar
Last edited by Rip-N-Burn; Sep 14, 2008 at 10:59 AM.
May 08, 2005, 05:14 PM
I crash, therefore I FLY!
mad mike's Avatar
I'd say that things are never easy until you think.

Nothing difficult about steadying the pole with the weight of a car sitting on a base plate (or frame.) But without the car, the base plate can still be effective by increasing the diameter and putting the weights (sandbags,) on the outter edge (for leverage.)

Of course the easiest thing to do would be to buy one. But not all can, and some simply perfer the DIY approach. (For me, that usually turns into a sub-hobby.)

Listen to the experts, they'll point out all the "whys" it won't work, then you're free to make it work. I enjoy applying that to all the hobbies I've taken up.

So far, so good.

Mike S.
May 09, 2005, 11:03 AM
Registered User
I was planning on ordering one of the masts in the next few days and was wondering how robust the construction is and how much wobble you get with a small camera on top at full extension. I was planning on using a Sony p200, with housing and gear I should be around 11 0z. How much does the camera weigh that you are using now?
Thanks, Frank B.....
May 09, 2005, 11:29 AM
Hogster's Avatar
If I can hold a 20ft pole made of 1/2" bamboo canes with a 350g camera on the top steady enough to take the photo I posted above, I would think a much longer but stiffer pole would be relatively easy to hold up. Just remember that with all that weight up top and a long pole means a bigger turning moment about the point where you hold it.

By the way, I was holding that pole at arms length (using just my hands) whilst standing tip-toe on a bench!

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Build Log Build thread - 6' High altitude AP plane AXI Motor Models Aerial Photography 203 Jan 05, 2007 01:32 AM
Discussion Another "which AP camera" thread Griffo Aerial Photography 3 Apr 05, 2006 02:32 PM
My "soon to be' new AP ship (build thread) Vince inTX. Aerial Photography 70 May 13, 2005 12:40 AM
ap1 - dedicated AP platform build thread nihil Aerial Photography 178 Mar 15, 2005 11:27 PM
Looking for AP camera's for sale thread Yukonho Aerial Photography 3 Jul 31, 2004 05:58 PM