I mounted the camera and got things running while Josh routed power and cabling to the inside of the house for the laptop connection.
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.
Wiring for weather
We used some incredible silicon tape Josh has to weather seal our cable and power connections where they would be exposed to the elements.
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.
The new Camera
This is a better look at the new camera. combined with the new location, the box and the wider angle perspective, we'll be giving faster image updates and a much grander view.
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.
New Season, New Camera
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.
Summer Solstice Sunrise
Our Soltice Sunset was actually this morning at 12:50AM and the true Solstice Sunset will actually be tomorrow morning at 12:53. Our sunrise happened just 2 hours later at 2:58AM to begin the longest day of the year.
We're glad to have our summer sun and very reluctant to begin give back the timeshare to the Southern Hemisphere. Thank goodness it's a long transition.