Thursday, September 17, 2009
IP webcam location: Korcula - Peljesac Channel Refresh rate: 60 secs.
Our webcam is mounted on the east side of our inn -- pointing toward Main Street. We toyed with the idea of naming this the Collins House Inn “NedCam” . . . as the camera catches a view of the front porch of the Applachian Spirit Gallery (shown in the right side of the image) and where oftentimes one of its very active local artists, Ned Johnson, spends many an afternoon on the porch painting. In the upper left portion of the image is the entrance to the Royal Oak Presbyterian Church -- one of the oldest structures in Marion. The building in the distance that is facing Main Street (with the gray brick and green roof) is the Smyth County Courthouse.
The image below is set to refresh every 10 seconds between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Java must be enabled in your browser for proper refresh, otherwise click the refresh button in your browser.
PLATO has four wireless Linksys WVC-2300 webcams and four Watec video cameras that feed into an Axis video digitiser. The Watec cameras have been cold tested to below –80°C and do not require any heating except for the occasional deicing of the lens, making them ideal for use in Antarctica. The four cameras are mounted on the roof of the instrument module and are used to monitor the external experiments and engine module. Every hour or so, the supervisor computers push a new set of camera images to the rest of the world via the Iridium satellite network.
Please note that if the sun is directly in the field or it is completely dark, the image may appear as static-noise due to the automatic gain control of the camera. In these situations, the images are not updated.