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Old Aug 30, 2005, 10:49 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Finally, this weekend, I got a chance to test my remote bird watching setup.

Supplies:

FZ20 & AV out cable
A tripd

Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan Head
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...399&is=REG

Bascor 50' remote extension cable
Phayee 40' shutter release cable
50' composite video cable

I couldn't find a 50 composite vide cable so I got a 50 coax cable, coax to male RCA converters, and 2 coax to female RCA converter. I then ran the video cable to the TV in the house. So from inside, I could watch the birds and shoot photos. The motorized tripod allowed me to move the camera. Here are pics of the setup:





The movement of the camera did not seem to phase the birds what so ever. Below are 3 samples. Remember, I was testing the concept and not concentrationg on quality.






I feel the test was a success. I shot the pics in P-mode. I will probably use A-mode in the future. The bad thing is I can't change any of the camera settings from in the house. I would have to go outside and disturb the birds to make changes. The speed was fairly good. I wish I had more vertical tilting. The tripod head is limted to +/-15 degrees. The +/-90 degrees horizontal movement is sufficient.

I also plan to go to a nature reserve and test this setup. For a TV viewer, I would use my electronic glasses called Jordy which has a video-in jack.
http://www.enhancedvision.com/jordy_system.php

Please feel free to ask any related questions.

Enjoy life!
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Old Aug 30, 2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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Steven, as one who has been stalking birds relentlessly around my yard for the past several months, with minimal success,(sometimesseems the birds are just having a good laugh on me) I envy this setup. What a great idea! But, "enjoy life" indeed; my wife would kill me if I bought all this stuff. She thinks I'm nuts the way it is. :lol:
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Old Aug 30, 2005, 11:28 PM   #3
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I think they came out good...so the experiment was a success.

my favorite was the last one...
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Old Aug 31, 2005, 1:28 AM   #4
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What a cool setup! I can think of lots of uses for it, but I couldn't post those pix here!
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Old Aug 31, 2005, 10:22 AM   #5
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Neat setup. I envy people who can figure out and construct such innovative setups!
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Old Aug 31, 2005, 4:15 PM   #6
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TECHNOLOGY!!...........VERY COOL!!!!!!!!!
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Old Aug 31, 2005, 4:54 PM   #7
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Thanks all for the good comments. I plan to try this again when I have more time.

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