posted on Jan, 13 2009 @ 12:09 AM
I’m hoping this thread will kick start some interesting and practical projects. I know there are tons of old camcorders, web cams, unused computer
towers, VCRs, telescopes, 35mm film cameras with beautiful lenses, etc. sitting in peoples closets. It would be great if a bunch of this stuff was in
people’s back yards watching the sky. There is some great freeware out there that automatically alarms and records video when it sees a change in
the image. All sky cameras are easy for anyone to DIY. There is no shortage of techi people out there however there is a true shortage of systems in
the public domain which are capable of capturing more than the standard video footage. Parallax video systems (two, synchronized, widely separated
cameras recording the same view) should be the UFO hunter’s primary filming tool. They are simple and inexpensive but I have yet to see any footage
from one. Near infrared modified camcorders are starting to gain momentum but there is a whole range of other detection devices that could be spawned
from all the stuff collecting dust in the basement. For the advanced tinkerers it would be nice to see detection systems using other parts of the
electromagnetic spectrum in tandem with video. It would also be nice to see some steady video tracking mounts so that frame averaging software (which
is now shareware) could be used to improve distant and grainy images.
I’ve started this thread as a centre for ideas and technical solutions related to building unique investigative tools. Technical “how to”
questions and answers are welcome here. So are pictures and explanations of equipment, modifications, software, etc. Demonstration footage would be
great and I would love to hear about new technical ideas that you think would work well. If there is something you would like to try but you’re not
sure how to go about it or where to get cheap parts, hopefully someone with the technical know-how will drop in on the thread and lend advice.
In an attempt to be a doer and not just a sayer I’ve started to put together my own system and will post it below. I hope it gives people ideas and
it would be great to hear your ideas on how it could be improved.