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#351 wolfman_4_ever

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:39 PM

RG6 with RG6 cable TV ends... BNC ends don't hold up well.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:21 PM

Figured I might as well finally Chime in as well. Got my camera earlier this year. It's taken quite a while to get things finally tuned in, but it seems to be working quite well now. Here are a few of the most recent results:

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My thanks to Dick Spalding for his help and extreme patience in getting me up to speed! :grin:

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:17 AM

Much better product for connector sealing, make sure to cover with a layer of UV resistant electrical tape or it will deteriorate.

http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B000MY55F4

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:33 PM

I wanted to chime in as well regarding installation techniques...

I run 3/4" PVC under the eaves of my roof for all my astronomy-related runs and paint them accordingly to match the house. I plan to install PVC from the All Sky cam with a downward facing opening at the camera side. The PVC will run to a utility box that will cover the hole into the house that the power and video cable will enter. This alleviates any weather-proofing issues I may run into in extending any cabling...

Clear skies!

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

Here are my composites from the Geminids last week. Dec 13/14 first.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

Dec 14/15

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

Very nice Jon! I have been trying to figure out how to build those composites, but with only the meteors. I tried to delete the false alarms, but then the composite does not build.

BTW - I am across the Lake from you and the newest part of the Wisconsin node (Grandville).

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

Ya I wish I could delete all the airplane trails. If you figure that out please share and welcome to the club!

I keep hoping for a new node to my West for correlation events, but I'll bet our cameras will catch some together. I've had several hits with the Indiana cams.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:55 PM

I came across one of these

http://www.ebay.com/...&_trksid=p39...

Granted this one is color, but I'm wondering if one of these units with the B&W sensor could be put to work. Mount this facing up, already in a weather enclosure...just hook up power and a BNC connection?

I have a TV-tuner in my HTPC that has the proper connector.
This tuner would facilitate images being available for a server.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:25 AM

I came across one of these

http://www.ebay.com/...&_trksid=p39...

Granted this one is color, but I'm wondering if one of these units with the B&W sensor could be put to work. Mount this facing up, already in a weather enclosure...just hook up power and a BNC connection?

I have a TV-tuner in my HTPC that has the proper connector.
This tuner would facilitate images being available for a server.


A quick glance at the product description doesn't indicate whether it's heated to prevent dew or frost formation. That may be an issue (it would be in my neck of the woods.)

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

I came across one of these

http://www.ebay.com/...&_trksid=p39...

Granted this one is color, but I'm wondering if one of these units with the B&W sensor could be put to work. Mount this facing up, already in a weather enclosure...just hook up power and a BNC connection?

I have a TV-tuner in my HTPC that has the proper connector.
This tuner would facilitate images being available for a server.


A quick glance at the product description doesn't indicate whether it's heated to prevent dew or frost formation. That may be an issue (it would be in my neck of the woods.)


Yep, you get a bit colder than we do in Tucson, where dew and ice are rare events. I believe the only heat would be from the camera itself.

I did confirm that the camera is water resistant in any mounting orientation, but have had no luck in confirming remote on screen display. There's a connector for it though.

EDIT: I was just digging around on the manufacturer's website. Apparently heating and cooling are options that can be procured.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:24 AM

With the vendor-offered heat options, it sounds like you have your bases covered. 😊

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:28 AM

I have noticed there has been talk about Windows apps, but what about linux? I have a Raspberry Pi sitting on my desk and thought it would be a great tool to use for a All Sky Webcam. I almost have everything for Radio Jove running on it for remote listening. Anyone else trying to use linux? If so is motion the only app out there people are using? Anything else?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:40 AM

I have noticed there has been talk about Windows apps, but what about linux? I have a Raspberry Pi sitting on my desk and thought it would be a great tool to use for a All Sky Webcam. I almost have everything for Radio Jove running on it for remote listening. Anyone else trying to use linux? If so is motion the only app out there people are using? Anything else?


I'm not a Linux user, but the possibilities of using that remotely with a USB web cam seems interesting.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:46 AM

First light, if you will, with a lower cost Dome Camera.
At a cost point of $135 delivered, it seems to have the sensitivity...It's too bad I can't acess the camera controls remotely, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

I'm porting the signal to a TV Tuner in the Observatory Computer, which then acts as a video server.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:26 PM

While I can get a better picture I'm not getting the FoV I wanted.

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