Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Nature study with AstroDMx Capture for Linux

A Zoom TV lens was fitted to a DFK mounted on a small tripod and the camera was aimed at an active bird nesting box.

DFK with a zoom TV lens

AstroDMx Capture was used to capture a SER file of the nesting box.

Te Debian laptop capturing data

Screenshot of AstroDMx Capture for Linux capturing data

SER player was used to cut out the frames containing action. A SER file and AVI were made as high quality recordings and an animated GIF was made to show the results here on the blog.

Animated GIF

Full size

The software has the capacity for time-lapse imaging down to 0.1s intervals, but for the fast flight of the blue-tits, a 30fps SER file was the best way to capture the data