Detachable Mounts

This category comprises camera mounts that hang below slow-moving or stationary (tethered or moored) platforms, such as blimps and kites. Detachable suspended camera rigs are necessary when the camera cannot be mounted into or onto the platform directly or must not move directly with a vibrating, swaying platform. Although it may seem easier to have a camera firmly fixed to the platform, removable mounts do have several advantages. Most importantly, they can be attached after the starting phase and detached before the landing phase of the platform, decreasing the crash risk for the camera. In addition, the camera position relative to the platform can be adjusted more freely with a separate rig than with fixed mounts. Finally, the camera rig may be used for several platforms and enable separate packing and maintenance of the sensor unit.

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FIGURE 7-1 Various devices for triggering a camera. (A) Arthur Batut's wooden KAP camera with slow match wick (arrow) triggering mechanism (Batut, 1890, fig. 4). (B) Graupner Thermik timer (max. 6 min, here set to approx. 40 s) releasing a rubber-band trigger lever on a simple, electronic-free rig for disposable camera; built by IM after the design of ''Brooxes Basic Brownie Box.'' (C) Radio-controlled microservo with lever for triggering a compact camera in the rig shown in Figure 7-3.

FIGURE 7-1 Various devices for triggering a camera. (A) Arthur Batut's wooden KAP camera with slow match wick (arrow) triggering mechanism (Batut, 1890, fig. 4). (B) Graupner Thermik timer (max. 6 min, here set to approx. 40 s) releasing a rubber-band trigger lever on a simple, electronic-free rig for disposable camera; built by IM after the design of ''Brooxes Basic Brownie Box.'' (C) Radio-controlled microservo with lever for triggering a compact camera in the rig shown in Figure 7-3.

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