Webcam cache

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Geocaching Australia
This page contains information specific to Geocaching Australia.

A Webcam cache is a virtual cache that has an Internet webcam. Finders are typically required to use the webcam to take a photo of themselves and post it in their log.

Internet based webcams can stay online for years, can temporarily go offline or may be retired and offline permanently. It is recommended that you check the status of your intended webcam before you leave home to make sure it is still accessible.

Webcam caches were a unique take on the geocaching experience. In their basic sense, you went to a specific location that was within view of a public webcam. Before wireless access points became widespread or wireless data cards hit the market, you would then call a friend. That friend would then get online, access the website hosting that webcam and help guide you into a the camera view if needed. Once ready, they would take a photo of you using the webcam image. If the site did not have a button allowing for the capture of images, this was done with the "PRT SCR" button on the keyboard, and the subsequent image would be pasted into a program like Microsoft Paint for saving. Your friend would then save and e-mail the picture to you. When you got home, you would attach it to your log when you logged the find. With the advent of commercially available wireless data cards and access points, many have been able to take the photos themselves using their laptops while on-site. This eliminates the need to call someone to take the photo for you.

Webcam caches are grandfathered (no longer accepted) on, however they are more than welcome on Geocaching Australia.



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