About the RoofCam


This RoofCam was installed by a view-challenged homeowner.  A photo is taken every 5 minutes and projected onto a 42-inch HDTV in their family room.  It's the focal point of the house, even thought the wife rolls her eyes at the merest mention of the project.

More specifically, a Nikon D5000 is mounted inside a climate controlled Pelco EH5723-1 Enclosure.  The camera is tethered to a Macintosh computer using Tripp Lite USB2.0 active extension cables.  The computer automatically takes a photo every five minutes using the free Sofortbild software.  The idea came from the Mount Wilson Towercam, the installation of which is described here.

The homeowner originally tried to use Stardot's NetCam SC, which was nice because you could watch clouds float by.  However, the resolution was not quite good enough for projection onto a 42-inch HDTV.  Too bad, as this one was much easier to set up.

A high-resolution version of the image is available here or here (the latter if you want the image to automatically refresh and the scroll bar to be removed).  The image archive is here (although it may take some time to load).

If the time on the photo is not within 5 minutes, the system has crashed and the homeowner has not yet been able to reset it.

Please contact the webmaster if you'd like more information (or would like to have a custom-sized image generated to fit your TV or computer screen).