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Soda Lake, Washington "Zero Visibility Zero Problems"

Disclaimer: I would probably recommend skipping this adventure because there is nothing to look at, other than a fish at 8:18.

I went to Soda lake yesterday just to see what it’s like. I know that it isn’t really zero visibility, but I’m OK calling it zero because there were several times that I was annoyed that the Ping was giving me a clearly false depth reading with 100% confidence, but it turns out that I was within the minimum range from the bottom and had no idea because I couldn’t see it. Looks like the high water level is about 20 feet higher than it is right now.

I added my GoPro Hero 4 Silver to the front and I’m not sure how to handle the 2 video views. I could just burn the subtitles on the GoPro video and just use 1 video view at a time. I’m shocked at how much better the GoPro camera is at seeing things in the murky water compared to the BlueROV2 camera. I usually could not see the muddy bottom on the video stream, but it’s easy to see on the GoPro.

The only problem encountered was that a Ping Viewer window suddenly closed itself at 19:23, but wasn’t a big deal since I easily opened a new one and it instantly reconnected. One of the primary things I love about the Ping360 is that it allows me to see the exact angle I am from the shore slope and even lets me accurately fly parallel to it while being some distance away.

I switched my sun shield from a tarp for a heavy moving blanket and it works a lot better since it blocks all of the light and doesn’t flap around in the wind. My control setup is just a dry box with my laptop, external battery, and an external monitor attached to the dry box lid with heavy duty double sided tape.


If visibility is low due to turbidity, you may enhance it by augmenting it with our technology ALSvision. ALSvision is compatible with Blue Robotics camera.

Here is a demo video. You may contact me for more information.