Good evening all;
After much support (thank-you everyone), we pulled off our first successful real-world dive this past weekend. My daughter built an ROV for her science project with the goal of “Inland Water Conservation and Observation”. Inland water refers to coastal rivers (less than a mile from the ocean), not lakes / etc.
Part of the project was to build a water collection tube that could collect water samples at depth (successful), the water samples are to be sent to a lab for analysis.
The other part of the project (observation) we weren’t as successful. Out of the water, the image quality is awesome, but underwater you really can’t see anything. Part of the problem is the turbidity of the water; visibility is only about 5’ at the surface, so it’s really hard to pilot when you can’t get a point of reference, and by the time you see something in the camera it is gone.
Is there another type of camera (perhaps infrared) that we can use to get better imagine (even with the loss of fine detail)? Lighting is not an issue as at even only 5’ in full sunlight, image is still garbage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.