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Nevada Space Grant
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High-Altitude Ballooning

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This program is generously supported by the Nevada Space Grant Consortium


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Film cameras are relatively easy to use and they are really cheap on eBay.

If you want to include several cameras (one in each payload) here are some things to think about:

  • The camera case adds weight so you can remove it (not recommended it's hard to keep light out)
  • Zoom lenses are heavy and use batteries up faster
  • Disposable cameras usually don't work well
  • Auto advancing cameras have to be used.
  • Get one camera and test it out before you buy a bunch (just bag it up and put it somewhere cold and let it take pictures.
  • You're going to have to solder timing circuit wires to the camera's shutter release so get good at soldering first.

 

We followed Colorado Space Grant's example and use an Elph LT APS

This camera is light (4.1 oz). it's point and click.

It has the basics and has performed well.