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wolfman_4_ever
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: BPO]
      #5082940 - 02/20/12 11:40 PM

LOL.... That's funny.. Wait a second... HEY!!! THAT'S MY CAMERA!!!

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Someone recently caught a strange object on their ASC.

http://www.observatory.org.nz/temp/asc_pic.html




Edited by wolfman_4_ever (02/20/12 11:51 PM)


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njrusty
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5083300 - 02/21/12 08:27 AM

Picked up my first meteor last night here in PA. Video shows the meteor in my western sky moving SE-NW at 0406 UT. However; it appears my computer did not upload the movie/images from this morning (or their just not posted yet). Regardless, I'll doublecheck and upload tonight. I wanted to trim the video this morning but it appears we do not have 'movie maker' installed on my work pc (damn! lol). If it is posted, time stamp is: m210221_040605_828.mpg

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John Wunderlin
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Reged: 10/01/04

Loc: Mineral Point, Wi
Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: njrusty]
      #5083426 - 02/21/12 09:52 AM

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However; it appears my computer did not upload the movie/images from this morning (or their just not posted yet).




The videos don't seem to get processed/posted until the afternoon. Check after lunch.


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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: njrusty]
      #5083483 - 02/21/12 10:25 AM

Quote:

Picked up my first meteor last night here in PA. Video shows the meteor in my western sky moving SE-NW at 0406 UT. However; it appears my computer did not upload the movie/images from this morning (or their just not posted yet). Regardless, I'll doublecheck and upload tonight. I wanted to trim the video this morning but it appears we do not have 'movie maker' installed on my work pc (damn! lol). If it is posted, time stamp is: m210221_040605_828.mpg




I also had a little trouble wih this. It seems you HAVE TO have a password set on your Windows user account (type a password when you log on) to get it to work for some reason. Then you have to run through the SkySentinel set up, then do the Windows scheduler in the Windows control panel. If you run SkySentinel more than once make sure you don't change anything from the previous or you IP will get locked as mine did. I used lower case letters in the "node" block and then used caps the next time and got locked. Richard Spalding had tounlock it.


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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5083737 - 02/21/12 12:52 PM

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It seems you HAVE TO have a password set on your Windows user account (type a password when you log on) to get it to work for some reason.




The task scheduler requires this unless you check the box 'Run only if logged on' Then it will let you schedule. I have to do it this way because I have some non-service applications that I need to run when the computer starts, which means I don't have a password set on my computer. If I have a power outage, my computer restarts, brings up windows and logs in without a password.


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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: John Wunderlin]
      #5083789 - 02/21/12 01:15 PM

I really don't like having the password myself. How do I work around that?

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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5083804 - 02/21/12 01:23 PM

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I really don't like having the password myself. How do I work around that?




Check the 'Run only if logged in' checkbox when setting up the task.


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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: John Wunderlin]
      #5083896 - 02/21/12 02:09 PM

OK, thanks

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WirelessDude
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5085657 - 02/22/12 01:42 PM

Hello, everyone! Love the thread...

I have been trying to get a hold of Mr. Alvarez at New Mexico All Sky Network, but no answer. Does anyone know if they are taking new requests to become a node? I figure I'd be a good fit, covering the area centered at 33°14'34"N, 111°32'47"E. If there are alternative contacts, please provide?

Thanks much in advance...

Clear skies!


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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5085673 - 02/22/12 01:48 PM

Here's the contact page:

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/aboutus

Try one of the other people on that page.


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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: John Wunderlin]
      #5085772 - 02/22/12 03:00 PM

My tumbler that I posted about earlier has been identified by Sandia.gov as Yaogan 1 which malfunctioned in 2010 and is apparently rotating every 6.85 seconds, causing it to flash as it reflects sunlight. I'm going to have to try to catch this one visually. I've seen tumblers before but not with that fast of a rotational period.

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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: John Wunderlin]
      #5085782 - 02/22/12 03:04 PM

Darn, no tracking available from Heaven's Above...

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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: John Wunderlin]
      #5086075 - 02/22/12 05:54 PM

WD, I would try Richard Spalding first at respald@sandia.gov he seems to get the ball rolling.Please tell him I referred you.


John, who did you get to ID your satellite? I have had some luck with Cal-Skys for sats that H-A does not show. But since I have got my camera I have got a lot of "flashers" that I can't ID. They don't correspond with any of the predictions. There used to be a guy on this board that would do it but I can't find him now.


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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5086082 - 02/22/12 05:59 PM

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WD, I would try Richard Spalding first at respald@sandia.gov he seems to get the ball rolling.Please tell him I referred you.


John, who did you get to ID your satellite? I have had some luck with Cal-Skys for sats that H-A does not show. But since I have got my camera I have got a lot of "flashers" that I can't ID. They don't correspond with any of the predictions. There used to be a guy on this board that would do it but I can't find him now.




Actually, it was Richard Spalding! LOL The flashing movie I posted apparently got their attention and they found multiple cameras that recorded the same event. Pretty cool when the system works the way they intended.


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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: John Wunderlin]
      #5086086 - 02/22/12 06:01 PM

And I get flashers all the time too. I'm going to try to replay the videos for a couple minutes before and after any flash events to see if they repeat like this. I've seen a lot of tumblers before, but usually the time between flashes are longer than 6 seconds.

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Kevin Bozard
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Reged: 03/13/08

Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: John Wunderlin]
      #5088576 - 02/24/12 09:43 AM

I captured this on the 21st, what do you guys think? Rather fast to be a bird.

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/222084


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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: Kevin Bozard]
      #5088837 - 02/24/12 12:36 PM

Looks cool! I think it has to be something fairly low. If this were in the upper atmphosphere, my rough calculation has it traveling at about 720,000mph (assuming sky visibility to 400 miles across the frame, 2 seconds travel time). Too fast to be a meteor. I'd guess maybe a dragonfly right over the camera?

When I first set up my camera I caught what I suspect was a Cat chasing a rabbit (a very common occurrence here) and it has a similar appearance:

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/203685


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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: Kevin Bozard]
      #5088961 - 02/24/12 01:50 PM

Quote:

I captured this on the 21st, what do you guys think? Rather fast to be a bird.

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/222084




Looks like maybe a duck. I caught a couple bats on mine the other day. And something big ( I suspect and owl) zipping by really fast.

This is the one I am trying to figure out. I suspect it is the ISS but the projected directions don't jive for that time and day unless I looked at it wrong.

***Something Strange***

Edited by MrKrink (02/24/12 04:34 PM)


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wolfman_4_ever
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Loc: El Segundo, Ca, So. Cal
Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5091272 - 02/25/12 11:54 PM

I have a few of those..

It's the fabled Getto Bird.


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njrusty
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Reged: 03/17/06

Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5107255 - 03/05/12 08:24 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Captured an awesome meteor tonight here in PA that moved across half the sky.

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/237401

Edited by njrusty (03/06/12 02:27 PM)


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