So I've been trying to keep a spot in my yard free of snow, so that I have a fairly solid place to set up my tripod. At this point, I have about 4' of snow surrounding my tripod, and have been raising the legs steadily to keep the tracker over the snow pack. Cables get pretty stiff but haven't been a problem yet. The mount has gotten sluggish, but seems to do ok if I wrap a heater strip around it. Batteries are not an option on clear nights here since it gets so cold, but running AC power to the camera and heater strips has been manageable. I did try a laptop the other night, but it only lasted about 15 minutes before the screen stopped working.
On the plus side, the camera runs really nicely, and other than freezing my berries, we can probably get a couple more feet of snow before I run out of adjustment on the tripod!
My set-up is pretty basic, with keeping equipment at a minimum. At some point I'd like to upgrade to a better system though, which has me worried about the elements. I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there imaging in deep snow... what tips and tricks do you have for dealing with the snow and elements?
(sorry about the rotated pictures...)