Notes on the Mt Whitney Web Cam


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The Whitney Web Cam is housed at the Lone Pine Film History Museum, 701 South Main Street, Lone Pine, CA. 

If you have the time, visit the museum.  You will be amazed at the collection of items on display from the hundreds of movies made around Lone Pine over the years.  The camera is located on the tower above the museum.

The camera is an Olympus SP500 UltraZoom and is driven by SebecTec software running on a Windows XP laptop computer.

We chose this camera based on its zoom ability, picture quality and cost.  Since our target is 12.9 miles away, we needed significant magnification.  None of the commercial webcams have the ability to zoom in as well or produce a picture of this quality.

The other point about this camera is that it can be operated remotely by computer software.  There are only a few camera models around that can be driven from a computer, specifically the Olympus UltraZoom models from the C-740 through the SP-500.  Olympus has discontinued the computer-driven capability, except in some very high-end models.

The current camera was installed in June, 2010. You can read more about its installation and location here: Web Cam Plans

About the picture

The camera takes a picture every 10 minutes, and the software uploads 4 copies of the picture to the Whitney Portal Store's web site:

   SizeDimensions  File name
Small 320x240 whitney_s005.jpg
Medium 640x480 whitney_M.jpg
Large 800x600 whitney_L.jpg
Original2048x1536whitney.jpg

Future Plans

We have plans to capture pictures more often, and then convert them into a time-lapse video of the entire day.

Credits

The Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History, for providing the location with the power and internet connection.  Read some museum reviews.

Michael McCormack, provider of the SebecTec software.  Mike worked with us closely to help us set up the system, and also to make adjustments to the software to better accommodate our setup.

Dayle Dalrymple and Wayne Pyle for work on the photo above.  They identified and labeled the locations in the picture.

Participants from the WhitneyZone message board: Gary and Pam S, and Dave W for helping with the physical installation.

Lone Pine High School, for working with the Whitney Hikers Association, supplying the computer which runs the camera.

Your Support is Requested

In order to keep the camera and web site in operation, please help by joining the Whitney Hikers Association.  You can read about the association and its goals here Whitney Hikers Association