So, now we have the all sky camera running in a mode that gives 24×7 coverage, the real fun part of this project begins next, analyzing the data.
One of the goals, automated meteor detection. An example frame of a meteor, the fun part now, how to identify these with automated software. Click on the image to see the full size
The problem we’ve had with the all sky camera over time has always been excessive moisture, and I’ve long though this was due to having it mounted on the edge of the hot-tub roof, so we moved it. After 3 days in the new spot, it does appear that the majority of our moisture problems are now solved.
I have spent some time working on automating the software for this camera, and now the pieces are finally falling into place. Exposure times are determined by light levels, so as the sun sets, exposures will start to increase to a maximum of 15 seconds. Images are updated live on the all sky image page 24×7. In the evening as sunset begins, we start saving the images till sunrise. Movies are created from the saved images, and posted into the appropriate page, so once this had been running for a week, we will have the last week of all sky movies available in the videos page, itemized by day of week.
This is a big step forward towards where we wanted to get with the all sky camera, after 3 years, it’s finally mounted in a suitable location and running 24×7.