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Old 01-04-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Well the Home grown plane seems to fly well enough that its time to mount the FPV and Eagle Tree stuff on the plane.

The equipment being used is a TX, Camera, eLogger, OSD, GPS, and Flight stabalization. Due to GOG issues, this stuff is best forward of the COG where possible.

In the following picture, the Tx is sitting directly behind the tailing edge of the wing. The Blue box is where the eLogger and OSD Pro will sit. The dark Green line is the Gaurdian flight stabalization. The Red line is the GPS. And the Lime green and the Yellow boxes are places where the camera could go.

If the camera is on top, I would have to raise it up. It has been suggested that any camera should be pointed downward @ about a 30 degree angle. The lower camera option is a bit more appealing. With the camera pointed downward at an angle, the nose of the plane will be easier to avoid seeing. Another advantage/disadvantage would be that the camera may be shaded from direct sunlight.

Let me know if I'm out to lunch on my options or heading down the right road.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:37 AM   #2
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Re: FPV Video Camera Mounting

Your placement scheme looks good to me.

The downlooking camera on the bottom should work OK, but my only concern is the fact that it is more likely to catch dirt if you bring it in for a rough landing.

I am considering converting one of my Kadet Sr's into electric, and still using it in a tractor configuration (as opposed to making it a pusher). I am scheming out a brace that would position the camera just above the prop disk. It would have to be very near the prop disk fore/aft, because I love the idea of pan/tilt, expecially tilt. So when using tilt, and you look down, you dont want to have the fuse in the way when you look down.

So for this reason, the brace would have to be a tripod style or greater, because elevating the camera high enough and forward enough to clear the prop disk exacerbates any vibration that might be coming out of the airframe. I will post some diagrams soon.
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