Pole Mapping
pole-mapping

This page is under development, feel free to add! _Lead image from http://publiclab.org/notes/gclout01/07-22-2013/pole-mapping-rig-making_ Pole mapping is fun and easy to do! Perfect for small areas, like urban lots or gardens. You can be very creative about what to use for a pole and how to attach your camera. These people sure were! Materials used include PVC, carbon fiber (a 50' fishing pole), bamboo, and other unknowns! **** ## Materials for pole _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/liz/09-17-2014/newark-green-garden-2nd-aerials_ [![IMG_2318.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/006/831/original/IMG_2318.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/006/831/original/IMG_2318.JPG) [notes:grid:activity:pole-mapping] **** Another pole developed by the Public Lab Gulf Coast Chapter, see @ddileona [post for design.](http://publiclab.org/notes/ddileona/03-17-2015/spring-fling-building-a-better-pole-for-mapping) [![20150314_160021.jpg](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/545/medium/20150314_160021.jpg)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/545/original/20150314_160021.jpg) **** _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/stevie/10-20-2014/the-blitz-report_ [![bsj_129.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/007/539/original/bsj_129.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/007/539/original/bsj_129.JPG) *** _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/patcoyle/04-21-2014/cal-poly-ewb-pap-pole-aerial-photography-mapping-for-india-project_ [![DSC_0044.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/003/768/original/DSC_0044.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/003/768/original/DSC_0044.JPG) **** ##How to attach a camera to a pole Pretty much any way you can! I prefer to use the standard soda bottle rig to protect the camera. You might also employ tape, string, or even a picavet made of bamboo! _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/patcoyle/04-21-2014/cal-poly-ewb-pap-pole-aerial-photography-mapping-for-india-project_ [![DSC_0006.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/003/767/original/DSC_0006.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/003/767/original/DSC_0006.JPG) ##Pole Mapping Kits [![polesample1.png](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/663/medium/polesample1.png)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/663/original/polesample1.png)[![polesample2.png](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/664/medium/polesample2.png)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/009/664/original/polesample2.png) If you end up purchasing one of the [Public Lab 11meter carbon fiber poles](http://publiclab.org/notes/Ecta64/03-10-2015/carp-poles-as-viable-imaging-platforms-in-windy-conditions), you can reference [Natalie](/profile/natalie)'s research note on assembling the camera mount [here](http://publiclab.org/notes/Natalie/03-06-2015/diy-pole-mapping-camera-mount). ##Cool pole imagery Straight-down imagery is great for map-making. Oblique imagery is also cool! _Below: from http://publiclab.org/notes/mathew/05-17-2013/pole-photography_ Check out [Ecta64](/profile/Ecta64)'s [research note](http://publiclab.org/notes/Ecta64/03-10-2015/carp-poles-as-viable-imaging-platforms-in-windy-conditions) on using the Public Lab carp pole (coming soon to the store). ...


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martenskram "Thank you for sharing this very nice project! In a comparable climate zone in southern Sweden we must have more earthworms (eating the dead leaves)..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
tonyc "Kits is going to start shipping the pvc length as part of this kit, but will recommend using it without any internal padding (to compensate for the..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
tonyc "I'd say a DSLR would require mounting it much lower on the pole to ensure it's at a stout enough section. In the store, we do offer additional moun..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
Alastair "what would make a suitable pole and bracket for a DSLR (D610 with a 28-105mm zoom or an old Nikkor 35mm PC AI lens in my case): so 850 g + 455 g = ..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
cfastie "It sounds like you found a good system. Folks have been lifting cameras with these poles for many years, and there are a lot of different types of ..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
tonyc "I used a cracked piece of this pole to stress test the conduit idea, and happy to report that leveraging on the mount as hard as I could, the pole ..." | Read more » about 7 years ago
DFlores6073 "I will be attending! " | Read more » over 7 years ago
DFlores6073 "I will be attending! " | Read more » over 7 years ago
emash "I will be attending! " | Read more » over 7 years ago
ecta64 "I appreciate the comment. In my testing I have found that a 120 gram payload can be carried up to a max height of 7 meters. If you have some help y..." | over 7 years ago
patcoyle "Thanks. Interesting to think of what could put up at that height. Also fun to see the pole in motion and read your description of using it. " | over 7 years ago
lexispraxis "I will be attending! " | Read more » over 7 years ago
stevie "Hi @danbeavers can you file a github report on this if it's broken. I'm not seeing it. " | Read more » over 7 years ago
ecta64 "The pole is insanely light. About 2.5 pounds. Moving it around is weird since its so light yet is so large. Working with it is a totally different ..." | over 7 years ago
danbeavers "The iCal is broken here also. " | Read more » over 7 years ago
danbeavers "The iCal is incorrect " | Read more » over 7 years ago
ecta64 "Thanks. Seems a lot of affordable meteorological masts are at that 10 meter height and so the Public Lab Carp Pole offers that height at a much low..." | over 7 years ago
mathew "love the grammar malfunction warning! I think you're right about an anemometer on the pole. The ribbon method would be great going up a kite stri..." | over 7 years ago
tippelskirchi "I will be attending! " | Read more » over 7 years ago
stevie "Hi Hector! Thanks for the post!! If you're not yet, you should follow the #polemapping to be sure to get updates when anyone on Public Lab posts ab..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
htarrido "Hey Everyone, I am a graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. I saw this posting and got very excited. Last semester, my collea..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
jart "I would have to check, it was over 20 feet for sure, it did bow quite a bit and I tried not to move too fast so that it wouldn't bend. Rough and di..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
jart "Hi I have set up my own rig with a chdk camera taped to an aluminum roof-rake. I ran the pictures through Agisoft Photoscan Pro and got he followin..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
natalie "Ecta64 How sturdy is the mount? Does it stay in place after moving the pole around? I'm just wondering if we need to consider any reinforcement for..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago