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Quick weatherproof camera box.
« on: 28 / June / 2013, 18:41:43 »
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The local Sainsburys supermarket was selling camo coloured clip lock food boxes off end of line, very cheap (99 pence, in fact).

I thought they would be perfect for camera boxes, and as it happens my wife spotted an owl landing in one of the fence posts in the back garden last night, so I had the perfect excuse for messing about with CHDk and some gubbins from my workshop.

I used one of these... (or something similar, I picked up a couple a while back, so the exact supplier is lost in the mists of time).

The camera is mounted inside the food box,  on an old rectangular plastic box salvaged from the workshop, with a slot cut in it for the locking screw. The box is fixed to the food box lid with a couple of bits of duck tape. When I have a bit more time I am thinking of adding a PIR and a battery pack.

I have included a couple of pics on Google+ for those who are interested.



It is too late tonight to set it up, but tomorrow I intend to leave the camera out with motion.bas running to see if it catches the owl's return.
« Last Edit: 28 / June / 2013, 18:46:46 by ahull »

Re: Quick weatherproof camera box.
« Reply #1 on: 28 / June / 2013, 18:47:28 »
Very nice!  Thanks for posting this and the extra pictures.

Almost makes me want to ignore that the exif says you are using a Ricoh camara to take those shots. :haha
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Re: Quick weatherproof camera box.
« Reply #2 on: 28 / June / 2013, 18:59:48 »
That is a better coloured box than the Aldi snap-loks I used for my month-long woodland timelapses.
They were clear polypropylene and difficult to paint on the inside, I used Rustins blackboard paint.
A camouflage effect would be better.

I also use them for the 6V sealed lead-acid batteries.

When were sainsbury's selling them ?


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Re: Quick weatherproof camera box.
« Reply #3 on: 28 / June / 2013, 19:28:40 »
They still had a few yesterday, if you are quick you may be in luck. :)


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Re: Quick weatherproof camera box.
« Reply #4 on: 28 / June / 2013, 19:31:19 »
Very nice!  Thanks for posting this and the extra pictures.

Almost makes me want to ignore that the exif says you are using a Ricoh camara to take those shots. :haha

I hoped nobody would notice that  :D

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Re: Quick weatherproof camera box.
« Reply #5 on: 28 / June / 2013, 19:44:26 »
The hole for the 49mm lens hood was cut with a 2" hole cutter, worked out perfect. 

I have a smaller hole cutter that looks spot on for one of these.... I picked up a couple of them around the same time I got the lens hood. If I get the chance to add this I'll try to remember to post the results. I suspect a bit of bathroom sealant silicone may be involved. 



This is perhaps a better picture, you can also see the lens cap that comes with the hood.
BTW That *is* a Canon camera in the box  :P

EDIT: Just a thought... with this arrangement it would be possible to fit a polariser too (or any kind of threaded filter).
« Last Edit: 29 / June / 2013, 15:24:55 by ahull »

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Re: Quick weatherproof camera box.
« Reply #6 on: 29 / June / 2013, 08:10:02 »
That is a better coloured box than the Aldi snap-loks I used for my month-long woodland timelapses.
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How did that go? Did you get any good results?

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« Reply #7 on: 29 / June / 2013, 08:36:25 »
Well, the source images look good, it will take some work to produce the actual sequences.
I will post typical images later and also some of the weatherproof enclosures.
That reminds me, time to replace the battery on the Spring-to-Autumn apple tree timelapse rig.

First, I want to make the movie-synch indicator circuit.


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« Reply #8 on: 29 / June / 2013, 09:48:56 »
Due to the irritating forum restriction of two images per post, here are the first two.
Enclosure can be tripod or wooden-stake mounted.
The apple-tree rig is mounted at ground level pointing up to the sky in order to get a plain background.
For that reason, it is inside a felt tent and is only occasionally affected by rain.


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« Reply #9 on: 29 / June / 2013, 09:49:48 »
and another two :-


 

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