Well, at least I think it’s the ultimate camera install .
Rather than mount the camera to my lid, I wanted to have a way to have complete consistency with the camera post calibration. Although my lid is very solid, it still moves some.
What I designed and built was a pivoting bracket connected to pillow blocks. The pillow block mounts were reinforced with steel bar angle in two directions to eliminate any flexing of the sheet metal due to the lid’s gas struts.
The stopping position of the bracket is a positive hold via rare earth magnets on to adjusted set screws on each side.
All I have left at this point is to add the mechanical attachments to the lid one day when or if I feel like it (so the bracket automatically raises and lowers with the lid). I already have all of the parts for that finished step, so maybe I’ll do it sooner than later.
This works, and it works amazingly well! I also added an additional 24” LED strip to my lid for extra lighting and that has been a significant improvement as far as clarity of the work area is concerned.