Got me a Spectroscope from Nick and CO a few days back. Pretty neat. Pretty scary.
The first thing I noted was the overall height of the extenda-controls. These are the clamps that hold the extended sections in place. Being a bit vertically challenged, I found them too high… so, I collapsed the unit and sawed off about 12" from the base. That put everything at slightly above eye level. Nice.
I figured out the remote control piece of the Panasonic Lumix digital camera, mounted it on the top of the pole section, and linked it to my LG Smartphone (Android).
Then I started extending the scope, a secftion at a time, starting from the top.
One thing I didn’t expect was the sheer weight when all sections are at max extension. Holding the base section in place was a challenge. Then, because of sheer height, the extended poles can become unstable if you move the unit too quickly. This is pure physics and inertia. Absent of the give, the sections would snap. So, for a few moments, all needs to calm down and the operator needs to get control of the device.
Once this was established, I was able to shoot some nice photos up-close of roofing shingles. I had the unit laying against the gutter for stability.
Puling it back a bit, I was able to maneuver the unit to examine the soffits and fascias. I set the camera to zoom from the ground, and even switched modes to video.
Pretty neat. It is not something I will use on all inspections, for sure. It adds a lot of time to the process. With every new gadget, I will write a process by which I use the technology in a consistent manner. I forsee it as a really useful tool for those roofs that are not so tall, but are too steep to safely ladder, or where garden beds wil make the ladder base unstable. I plan to install a handle on the base section, along with a step-spike to properly help anchor the unit into the earth while using it.
Got some pretty scary shots of the scope at full height, looking down on my balding head. All and all, a usefull tool that takes a bit of innovation, balance, and modification to get the full benefits. Beyond that, it is impressive.