Click picture for larger view This page will show the details of my new aerial photography setup, a Soarstar electric airplane with Pentax Optio S 3.2 megapixel digital still camera.  It replaces the GWS Slowstick with an Aiptek 1.3 megapixel camera.

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To trigger the camera I used the tried and true servo-over-the-shutter method.  The servo is glued to a thin plywood cap that sits on top of the camera.  A rubberband holds the servo/plywood cap on top of the camera.   The black cable on the left feeds a live preview of what the camera is seeing to a DigiLive unit so I can have a live preview of what the camera is seeing while it is in the air.  The orange thing under the camera is a chunk of 'Funnoodle' just to plug the hole.  The camera is firmly attached to a thick plank of balsa which sits in a shallow groove dremelled into the SoarStar.  A small 1/4 x 20 nylon bolt and 2 small washers secures the camera to the balsa, and the balsa is secured to the airplane with 4 criss-crossing rubber bands .  Click the picture for a larger view Click picture for larger view
The servo is plugged into the 'gear' channel on my RC receiver and the servo swings fully up or fully down when I toggle the gear switch on my transmitter.  Most RC transmitters with 5 or more channels will have a switch dedicated to channel 5.   It is important that when the servo arm is in the 'down' position that it *just* pushes the shutter button.  Go here to hear how I adjusted my servo

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Results from this setup are here