What I want to do
Summarize and wrap up the work on Mobius non-fish eye lens conversion, filter mounting approaches and demonstration with small-lift kites, balloons, and quadcopters.
The replacement non-fisheye lenses provide images suitable for mapping. Mounting the filter media in the lens mount instead of directly on the back of the lens provides flexibility in swapping lenses (for both stock visible camera and Public Lab Infragram plant cam).
The video out cable is very useful for changing the focus of the lens by screwing it into the housing while viewing the video image on a TV.
My attempt and results
Continue to explore non-fish-eye lens options for use with Mobius Infragram plant cam and standard visible imagery Mobius.
Alternate ways to mount the IR cut filter
I tried alternate ways to mount the IR cut filter in the lens mount as indicated in the following images and videos. I'm leaning to use of the 9.5mm filters secured inside the opening of rubber washer with a 3/8" hole. The washer is cut to fit the lens mount and the IR filter is secured in the hole with either adhesive or tape. The tape seemed to work well and was less messy to do.
I also tried small balloons, following up on Jeff Warren's suggestions. These 36' diameter (when flat, un-inflated) foil balloons worked pretty well. Reasonable cost at $4.30 each. They don't take much helium to fill. Using two, provides additional lift and redundancy. Can be easily transported while filled. They also held helium pretty well for several days (with a piece of clear Gorilla tape over the fill point).
The following video playlist shows several aspects of this effort. The 18" when flat (~12" when inflated)) ones Jeff thought of initially did not have enough lift.
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 can be considered for lifting a Mobius or two, but I barely tried it.
Issue: The Mobius Actioncam rolling shutter (the camera does not record a complete snapshot of each frame, but scans vertically across the frame), with not all pixels of a frame recorded at the exact same time. As a result, in some images, straight lines are distorted (curved). Usually, enough images aren't badly distorted and are suitable for mapping, but it is a difference compared to our workhorse Canon PowerShot cameras. This is just another tradeoff between the very light Mobius and the other bigger cameras.
Questions and next steps
Explore where Mobius cameras with non-fish eye lenses fit into the tool set and makes sense to use.
Why I'm interested
As before, I'm interested in using the Mobius plant cam and visible unit with non-fish-eye lenses with the filters placed in the lens mount near the sensor for flexibility in changing lenses. These cameras with non-fish-eye lenses make for a compact aerial mapping solution.