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    Default Nightvision webcams?

    Ever consider putting in some nightvision webcams? Instead of the blackness of the night, it'd be fun to see the snow blowing in that eerie green light.

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    I am guessing night vision has a hefty price tag. Now infrared, THAT would be sweet!

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    I guess technically, night vision is IR. There's alot of DIY webcam conversions to work with the IR spectrum.

    I have a "real" nightvision monoscope I bought years ago at a Costco in Vermont. It's the standard green view, where the phosphors get agitated from light and glow.

    The IR spectrum webcams are cheap because it's mainly a filter. I've saw an article a few years ago where they can now do color IR. It uses a color map on the webcam software to convert the spectrum back to the daylight colors. You have to take a daylight picture, then a night IR shot and then map the colors to the greyscale and it can replace it. But, I don't know of any commercial software to do this.

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    I am guessing night vision has a hefty price tag. Now infrared, THAT would be sweet!

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    The new North camera certainly does better in low light than the older cameras. When the West camera is completely dark, the new North camera view is visible.
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    What brand/make are the summit webcams? I know that Axishttp://www.axis.com makes some cameras that are capable of low light - i.e. - 1 lux for color, .2 for B/W. I've worked w/ them before, and the results are pretty good...

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    Does anyone know what brand the current webcams are? I've worked with Axis cameras, and some of them have very good low light capability - i.e. - 1 lux for color, .2 lux for B/W - http://www.axis.com

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    Default Infra red cameras

    I work in the surveillance camera field and there are many options for Infra red cameras. They go from $100 to over a $1000. The cheaper ones are well Cheap and would not last up there. You can't look through a window with IR it will reflect so the camera will have to be outside in a GOOD/heated housing.

    Are they using IP cameras up there or do they run analog to a DVR for recording and internet transmission? I'm guessing they are IP to a router/switch

    Check out www.Supercircuits.com They have a excellent outdoor IR camera that can see over 300 feet in the dark.

    If I can find out the setup there I can maybe get one donated by me or one of my suppliers and I'll install it during a edutrip I was thinking of taking in Feb 08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2oeco
    Does anyone know what brand the current webcams are? I've worked with Axis cameras, and some of them have very good low light capability - i.e. - 1 lux for color, .2 lux for B/W - http://www.axis.com
    Mike can give better specifics about the new Toshiba cameras they are installing. They are close to the models we have which are down to 0.18 LUX. They have been awesome at night. Plus, they go to 1280 x 960 resolution.

    Getting an IR camera on the deck - or out watching for the summit fox would be wonderful!
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    I somehow missed this thread at first...

    We have several cameras from Axis, like the 213 PTZ and the 206M. However, the North and Ravines cams are now Toshiba IK-WB21A models. They are .13 lux cameras. Full disclosure: I am an I.T. person, but I know nothing of surveillance or photography. And yes, they are IP cameras.

    To Ken in Seymour, CT, a 300' IR range would be great for surveillance purposes and not long enough for capturing mountain landscapes. Now if you want to help us nab the night-time dumpster users at our valley office...

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    Just put a padlock on the dumpster at night.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike D
    Now if you want to help us nab the night-time dumpster users at our valley office...

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