Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:24 AM
I am shopping for a security cam that will double as a cam to view the inside of my observatory.
I intend on remotely running everything out there sometime.
I already have network cable ran if that helps.
I am looking at getting the Foscam brand, particular model number is F19821PV2B from homedepot.com .
If you think there would be a better one,from Home depot mind you, let me know. Thanks
Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:35 PM
Posted 29 January 2014 - 02:36 PM
Posted 29 January 2014 - 02:37 PM
Go for it!
Posted 29 January 2014 - 02:58 PM
Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:14 PM
I have one, but have not yet put it into my observatory. I did the research on their models and purchased it a couple of weeks ago. But, since my observatory is 12V power only, I need to make a 12V-to-5V voltage converter box and I just haven't gotten to it yet.
Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:25 PM
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:36 PM
Now I would like to find and exterior cam,preferably foscam,that also is wireless and allows panning control.
Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:57 PM
One thing to watch out for in outdoor tilt/pan cameras is the IR illuminator. If the camera is inside a clear dome, as many are, then the IR LEDs will not work. They reflect off the inside of the dome and blind the camera.
You can work around this by turning off the LEDs, and using a separate illuminator. Search on Amazon for "IR illuminator" and you'll find a bunch, some with photocells to turn them on and off for dark and light conditions. The problem with a separate illuminator, of course, is that it won't move with the camera.
Depending on what you need to do, you may be better off with a fixed camera like the 9804W or 9805W. The -05 model has more powerful IR illumination for longer reach, and has 960 vertical resolution instead of 720 in the -04.
For the price of these cameras, you might find it to be about the same price to buy 2 fixed cameras to cover a large area instead of one panning outdoor camera plus extra illuminators.
Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:23 PM
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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:17 AM
You shouldn't need anything else besides what comes with it to monitor your observatory while imaging. You can view the camera from a web browser and Foscam even has an iPhone app that you can use to monitor the camera from anywhere.
If you also want to use it for security, you might also want some additional software to record an image every second or so on your computer in the house. That way, if someone does break into your observatory, you'll have a nice photo of it to add to your family album! I use EvoCam for my Macintosh which adds each image to a movie to create a timelapse of the images.
Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:13 PM
Posted 30 January 2014 - 01:20 PM
Posted 30 January 2014 - 02:14 PM
Seems like TomIO8 in the thread above has 2 of them in his observatory and is happy with them down to -28°F.
I have one that is currently set up indoors. I plan to move it to my obs when I make a 12v-to-5v converter box to power it. But right now it is set up in a window and looks out into my yard.
I also have some less expensive no-name cameras that are designed to look and act like Foscam clones ... but they're not. The difference between the Foscam and the others is clear. The Foscam has much better dynamic range so that on high contrast snow & shadow scenes, I can still easily see what's going on in the shadows. The Foscams are also higher resolution and the image is a lot more clear.
Setting the cameras up is fairly easy, but can be a pain if you have a more complicated home network. For example, at home I have a primary wired ethernet router, a secondary wifi router for in the house, and another secondary amplified wifi router for outdoor use. I want to use the camera behind the outdoor router so I need to set up 2 levels of port forwarding, assign special ports to the cameras, etc. It gets a little funky with that kind of setup. But for normal use, it's pretty straightforward.
Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:29 PM
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