The beaconcam is down - long live the beaconcam!

On 26, July 2010 we finally took down the beaconcam. Many thanks to everyone at Enabling Technologies, and the Glasgow Science Centre for hosting it for us.

Regardless new reports of the Govan Armada keep coming in as bottles and boats boats are discovered on the River Clyde. Read all about them on our project blogand see them plotted out on the project's interactive google map.

The beaconcam:

The image below was taken shortly before the beaconcam was decommissioned. The following text has been left as an archive of the process, and the gallery below, a sample of the views of the Govan Docks at different times of day. The background image of www.astonesthrowaway.co.uk had been a current picture of the beaconcam, but is now a random image taken from the below gallery.

the beaconcam shortly before decommissioning

Notes on the Beaconcam:

This webcamera shows an automated light placed on the Govan Graving Docks that flashes messages in Morse Code. Follow these links to learn more about thistwo part project and more aboutthe Beacon. We'd love it if you'd find the beacon in person if you are in Glasgow.

The webcamera is installed in the Glasgow Science Centre IMAX building. The two white ticks in the upper right corner of the image indicate the beacon's position. On very bright days the sun can overpower the beacon making it very hard to see, but at night the beacon is bright enough for the camera to pick up a lovely reflection off the water.

If you are not seeing an image, chances are more then 20 people are viewing the camera at the same time. (This is presently our maximum viewing number). If that's the case, float around the site and come back in few minutes.

If you are savvy enough to read Morse code, you still may not be able to understand the Beacon via this webcamera. This is due to the intricacies of camera refresh rates. In short, the video does not refresh fast enough to catch every dot and dash as it flashes out.

In the upper right hand corner you can see the ongoing construction of Glasgow's new Transport Museum across the River Clyde. The dark black panel, middle left on the water's edge is the riverside entrance to the former Graving Dock #2, and the circular steps on the right are base of the Science Centre's Millennium Tower. Watch out for the Sea Plane which stops here regularly to pick up passengers going to Oban. Also look for Eddie & Edie, two swans that call this area home. Though technically the docks are off limits to the public, you may still see the odd person wandering about out there.