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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: mrramsey]
      #5121979 - 03/14/12 01:53 PM

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I just sent you a friend request Stuart. Not sure why my page was not allowing you to request.

As for your rsync issue... you might try to create a new config script by running the SkySentinel application again. one misplaced character in the script and the whole thing fails.




Done, thanks!

I might try that tonight when I get home.

Edited by MrKrink (03/14/12 02:03 PM)


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mrramsey
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Reged: 11/19/11

Loc: Hudson, Oh
Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5123358 - 03/15/12 09:00 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

Caught a smaller one last night. Either straight on or a flare??
My Facebook Videos

Still working on focus but I think it is better. I did have a brain fart as far as mounting it to the roof on my house. Pretty ingenious if I do say so myself. I will post a sketch in a bit.


Edited by mrramsey (03/15/12 09:23 AM)


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Kevin Bozard
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5123677 - 03/15/12 12:03 PM

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I was wondering..............would it be possible to hook up another camera to one of the other ports on the video card? I have a couple spare security cameras and thought about installing one as a weather camera.

What would be required??




I was hoping someone would reply to this one, I would like to know the answer too. I guess we will have to Google the video card Stuart, and read up on it. I would think that you could, if the other ports run off of a different "channel", so to speak. I'm sure you would need to have a different program running it, but I don't know how that would work. When I first installed WSentinel, I had WinTV running. Which pulls a feed from that same card. I was getting a view through the camera in WinTv, but WSentinel wouldn't run, with WinTv running. It's going to take some research I guess. But I will be looking for an answer.


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njrusty
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: Kevin Bozard]
      #5123743 - 03/15/12 12:40 PM

I captured this one this morning (3/15 at 04:49 UT) from my site in Pa. I looked at the camera sites near me (OH/IN) and unfortunately they did not pickup this same object. Hoping to see same object recorded at multiple sites one day.

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/247544


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Kevin Bozard
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: njrusty]
      #5123756 - 03/15/12 12:47 PM

Nice catch Russ. I'm still waiting for my first capture. Something other than lightning and spiders, anyway.

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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: Kevin Bozard]
      #5123934 - 03/15/12 02:12 PM

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Quote:

I was wondering..............would it be possible to hook up another camera to one of the other ports on the video card? I have a couple spare security cameras and thought about installing one as a weather camera.

What would be required??




I was hoping someone would reply to this one, I would like to know the answer too. I guess we will have to Google the video card Stuart, and read up on it. I would think that you could, if the other ports run off of a different "channel", so to speak. I'm sure you would need to have a different program running it, but I don't know how that would work. When I first installed WSentinel, I had WinTV running. Which pulls a feed from that same card. I was getting a view through the camera in WinTv, but WSentinel wouldn't run, with WinTv running. It's going to take some research I guess. But I will be looking for an answer.




My dry spell ended last night, looks like I caught 2 tiny ones also. But still can't figue out why I didn't get the nice one the other night.

Anyway I know there are weather cams on the weather underground from personal weather stations you can access from the net but I think that requires a $115 software set up.


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mrramsey
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Reged: 11/19/11

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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: njrusty]
      #5123969 - 03/15/12 02:35 PM

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I captured this one this morning (3/15 at 04:49 UT) from my site in Pa. I looked at the camera sites near me (OH/IN) and unfortunately they did not pickup this same object. Hoping to see same object recorded at multiple sites one day.

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/247544




I had one of those in OH last night about 9:30PM.


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Kevin Bozard
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: mrramsey]
      #5123989 - 03/15/12 02:51 PM

I had a damn spider running all over the dome. This weekend it gets a de-webbing, and washed down with poison. I'm thinking about attaching an open ended air hose and shooting air across the dome when something gets on it.

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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: Kevin Bozard]
      #5124036 - 03/15/12 03:17 PM

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I had a damn spider running all over the dome. This weekend it gets a de-webbing, and washed down with poison. I'm thinking about attaching an open ended air hose and shooting air across the dome when something gets on it.




That's funny right there now, I don't care who you are!!!


Seriously, there is a gamma-Normids meteor shower going on right now, peak on 3-14 at 6/hr ZHR.


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mrramsey
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Reged: 11/19/11

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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: Kevin Bozard]
      #5124371 - 03/15/12 06:58 PM

Thats funny.... I saw a bunch of those videos!

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Kevin Bozard
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: mrramsey]
      #5124927 - 03/16/12 06:39 AM

Well I think I finally caught something besides a critter. Satellite flare?

http://youtu.be/JopPvwv7_Qo


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johne
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: MrKrink]
      #5124969 - 03/16/12 07:40 AM

I caught a couple last night from west-central Arizona...
Capture 2:58am 3/16/12
Capture 10:17pm 3/15/12


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mrramsey
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Reged: 11/19/11

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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: johne]
      #5125035 - 03/16/12 08:37 AM

Kevin, that looks like the one I caught the other night. I think it is a flare.

Two in one night, and both are nice ones. Nice catch John!

I will have the new mount in place Saturday, This should eliminate most of the trees in my view, I hope. Pic's will follow.


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Kevin Bozard
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: mrramsey]
      #5125065 - 03/16/12 09:11 AM

Nice ones John.

Thanks Mike, that's what I figured too since it occurred in one spot.


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johne
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: Kevin Bozard]
      #5125207 - 03/16/12 10:41 AM

Thanks guys. The mask I made with Stuart's advice has worked real well. When I made the first mask, the colors weren't 255,0,0, so I corrected that. After that I was still getting too many triggers from vehicles coming down from the pass to the west of my home. I fould that if I extened the mask a bit beyond the area of what I wanted to filter out, it got rid of ALL the eroneous captures from night time vehicle lights around the periphery.

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csa/montana
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: johne]
      #5125384 - 03/16/12 12:11 PM

Now, that is officially cool! Dang; I'd love to have that setup!

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John Wunderlin
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: Kevin Bozard]
      #5125411 - 03/16/12 12:24 PM

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I had a damn spider running all over the dome. This weekend it gets a de-webbing, and washed down with poison. I'm thinking about attaching an open ended air hose and shooting air across the dome when something gets on it.




When I first saw some people posting about spider issues, I thought it was kind of odd- why would spiders hang out on the camera? Now I know- I got a double feature- spider + meteor here:

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/247593

Edited by John Wunderlin (03/16/12 12:25 PM)


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MrKrink
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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: John Wunderlin]
      #5125534 - 03/16/12 01:42 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I had a damn spider running all over the dome. This weekend it gets a de-webbing, and washed down with poison. I'm thinking about attaching an open ended air hose and shooting air across the dome when something gets on it.




When I first saw some people posting about spider issues, I thought it was kind of odd- why would spiders hang out on the camera? Now I know- I got a double feature- spider + meteor here:

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/247593






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mrramsey
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Reged: 11/19/11

Loc: Hudson, Oh
Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: njrusty]
      #5126392 - 03/16/12 11:38 PM

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I captured this one this morning (3/15 at 04:49 UT) from my site in Pa. I looked at the camera sites near me (OH/IN) and unfortunately they did not pickup this same object. Hoping to see same object recorded at multiple sites one day.

http://skysentinel.nmsu.edu/allsky/viewer/247544




Hey Rus... check your logs and see if you caught something in the western sky at UTC 03/17/2012 00:08:26.996. I caught a big one here in Ohio.

Here is the capture - NMSU SkySentinel Node 44 Event

Edited by mrramsey (03/17/12 09:20 AM)


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mrramsey
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Reged: 11/19/11

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Re: Source for cheap all-sky cam? new [Re: mrramsey]
      #5127342 - 03/17/12 05:07 PM

Made the final mount for the All Sky Camera today.


May need to add a few guy wires for stability but time will tell.


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