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Old 15-02-2015, 04:49 PM
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All Sky Camera MKIII

My all sky camera project has seen various iterations, but the last seems to be the most successful, and is based on a Point Grey Cricket IP security camera.

see http://www.ptgrey.com/cricket-ip-security-camera

The camera is powered over its ethernet cable and is now mounted on the roof of my house.

Occasionally it catches some cool weather phenomena

An example can be seen here

(you'll need a quicktime plug in on your browser)
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Old 15-02-2015, 06:23 PM
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Great res and colors. Cool cam.
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that is an awesome timelapse, how does it go in the low light of night?
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That's pretty cool Peter - a bit like watching a nature weather doco!
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that is an awesome timelapse, how does it go in the low light of night?
I've uploaded a second time-lapse at the same URL to show the nighttime performance.

Sadly, the camera must be set to manual exposure at night for optimum results.
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Nice camera, like the PoE option.
Did you get the power injector device??
What distance are you running on the cable?

Would like to see your night sky efforts.

Is it save files as avi/mov/video using generic software?
It is visible to any windows app, like DMK is ?

Can it do single timed frame grabs with exposures upto 5 secs?

lot o questions....?

kind regards, Alan
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oh , I see it , scrolled down....8)
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Nice camera, like the PoE option.
Did you get the power injector device??
What distance are you running on the cable?

Would like to see your night sky efforts.

Is it save files as avi/mov/video using generic software?
It is visible to any windows app, like DMK is ?

Can it do single timed frame grabs with exposures upto 5 secs?

lot o questions....?

kind regards, Alan
The feed is either mpg or H264. PGR sell the power injectors, it's good to at least 10 metres, which is the current cable length to the camera, but I suspect longer runs will also work.

The camera will allow still-frames to be grabbed, but VLC will also do that at a user defined interval.

I've set up an automatic FTP upload every five minutes, hence can check out the sky no matter where in the world I happen to be from this web page
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