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High-level track view camera mount.  

This is the first of several low-cost mounts I made in a single evening.   The idea was to build something that would align the camera along the tracks to give a "down-the-track view".  

This mount is useful in taking pictures well back from the front of the table where it is difficult to use the viewfinder, even a digital one.   All you have to do is to seat the mount on the track and the guides along the bottom will hold the camera in good alignment.

You should be able to find what you need in your scrap box.   I used airplane hinges because they were small and handy but anything would do.

    

 

 

  

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Side view of hi-level camera mount showing wedge used to adjust vertical angle.   The Stud screws into tripod hole in bottom of Camera with lock nut. This mount was built from wood scraps.

 

  

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Front view of mount showing the hinges (from model airplane store).  , If you look carefully you can see the two guides under the bottom that hold the stand in line with the track.  The center of gravity of the camera should fall down the center of the tracks.

 

     

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This is the bottom view of the mount showing the guides.   Please ignore squared hole as it was for something that did not work out.

 

     

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Mount in use.   Note the locknut between the camera and the mount to keep everything tight and prevent movement at the desired angle.

 

    

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Note that the viewer seems to be standing in the middle of the track, but not necessarily at ground level. This is not as evident as in close-up shots.

 

  

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This close-up again shows good track alignment but it looks as if the viewer was standing on a bridge or building closer to the top of the train than the ground.

 

  

  

   

   

 

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Last update   7/26/2012