This is the birch tree visible in the yard at Sirius Sled Dogs in the Alaska Aurora Cam. It's named Clyde's tree after Clyde. Clyde is a beautiful dark male at SSD. His Dog yard used to encompass what is now the cabin yard and rather than sleep in a dog house, Clyde preferred to lay beneath this beautiful Birch Tree. We love this tree just as much as Clyde.
With the start of our second season with the Alaska Aurora Webcam, we've decided to make some major upgrades. With the help of the folks at Alaska Camera (our awesome local camera retailer and rental center) and their awesome sponsorship. we purchased a brand new Canon T5i to give us a boosted speed and better quality images at higher ISO speeds.
The weather tight box seen here was purchased from Harbortronic who specialize in remote camera setups for big producers like HGTV, Discovery and so on. These boxes have been thoroughly tested in the both the Arctic and Antarctic. We're very glad to have found them as this allows us to mount the camera outside and give it a much better vantage point than last year.
Before taking the camera up to Sirius Sled Dogs to be installed, we mounted it to our hose and ran a good series of tests including some failure tests such as loss of power to see how it would respond and to ensure that we won't be climbing the snow covered roof too often. We were very pleased with the results.
Once the camera was mounted, we connected the laptop and activated live view mode to aim the camera. It took some mods and work to get the camera pointed high enough with such a wide lens but eventually we "nailed" it.