VolcanoCam FAQs

Technical Details of the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams

The following FAQs and answers explain the technical details of the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams.

Camera Property VolcanoCam Classic VolcanoCamHD
Camera Sanyo, Model #VCC-4594 Color CCD camera. NetCam XL 3MP
Lens Tamron, #13VG-550, 5-50 mm lens. Motorized Zoom Lens (for NetCam XL 1MP/3MP)
8~48mm, 45°-8°, Motorized Zoom/Iris/Focus, Zoom
External Case Pelco Pelco
Web Server IBM Netvista running Windows 2000. The analogue signal from the camera is converted to a digital signal by the VolcanoCam web server using an Viewcast Osprey 210 video capture card. Internal to the camera.
Software Windows 2000, Firefox, Webcam32 Linux
Features Limited Infra-red capability for night viewing. Zoom
Operation Since 23 September 2004. Since 21 June 2007/
Supplier URS Electronics Star Dot Technologies

Please Note: Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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VolcanoCams Up Close & Personal

[ Photograph ] Looking at the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams under the eaves of the Johnston Ridge Observatory. USDA Forest Service photograph by D. Lapcewich.

VolcanoCam View Number One

The Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams are located under the eaves of the Johnston Ridge Observatory. The cameras are approximately 20 feet off of the ground.

USDA Forest Service photograph by D. Lapcewich.

[ Photograph ] A closeup view of the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams under the eaves of the Johnston Ridge Observatory. USDA Forest Service photograph by D. Lapcewich.

VolcanoCam View Number Two

A closeup view of the VolcanoCams.

You are seeing three cameras; in order from left to right: (1) VolcanoCam Classic, (2) USGS Dome Camera, and (3) VolcanoCamHD

USDA Forest Service photograph by D. Lapcewich.

[ Photograph ] Looking at the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams under the eaves of the Johnston Ridge Observatory. USDA Forest Service photograph by D. Lapcewich.

VolcanoCam View Number Three

Looking directly at the VolcanoCams.

Mount St. Helens is reflected in the large window of the Johnson Ridge Observatory.

USDA Forest Service photograph by D. Lapcewich.

[ Photograph ] A closeup view of the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCams under the eaves of the Johnston Ridge Observatory. USDA Forest Service photograph by D. Lapcewich.

VolcanoCam View Number Four

You are seeing three cameras; in order from left to right: (1) VolcanoCam Classic, (2) USGS Dome Camera, and (3) VolcanoCamHD

USDA Forest Service photograph by D. Lapcewich.