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Towed Camera Test

Postby Larry Kuntz » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:58 am

Here is some video of the towed camera test I did at the Y. Not as stable as I hoped for but a fun test anyways. 8)
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Postby bcliffe » Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:51 pm

Larry,

Neat, thanks for trying this. I have plans to mount my A2K and D&E video system on to a submerged platform mounted to my pusher tug so I can chace my submarines around and get underwater footage.

The only show stopper is time ...

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Postby Larry Kuntz » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:19 pm

Ben,
Now that the water is not solid anymore, I'll take it out back and try to make it more stable. If I can find the photo of the platform I'll post it. As soon as I increased the speed up it began to porpoise. The video is edited down to the slow and steady portions. I did learn that there is plenty of lighting inside as these are not low light cameras. That's the fun, trial and error (learning).
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Postby Bigdave » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:59 pm

Not bad Larry. :D :D Next time maybe dive so you can video the sub underwater. :D If you get the camera pod ballanced and weighted right it should follow you. That would be cool!! 8)
Here is a video Paul did with his pole camera showing your Akula and the pod being towed. BD.

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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:38 pm

Perhaps the "warp nacelles" need a set of rudders and stern planes added to help stabilize the motion of the camera platform?

Alternatively, you could hang the platform from a float....like in the method used by the USS Alligator. That would eliminate the turbulance from the surface.

Either way....very neat idea!

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Postby TMSmalley » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:14 pm

Wow! Very cool Larry. I think good underwater video is key in recruiting new members. I hope you will keep working on this and get it perfected!
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Postby Larry Kuntz » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:36 am

That is what I was thinking, possible some dive planes to help with the porpoising. And they could be pre-set so as you move it faster it makes it want to dive. Like I said, the creek out back and a fishing pool are in order.
It just seemed to be a neat idea of a attack type video from the pursuer's perspective. At least it did prove the lighting is good at the "Y" for videos.
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