I've had a bit of a passion for all sky cameras for years. Having one has been a years long obsession that continued after I finally got one properly installed.
I started with a video based all sky camera that requires a video capture device attached to a computer. I never got satisfactory results and do not recommend going that route. YMMV
After that camera I went in the CMOS direction. I am using the Thomas Jacquin code on github. His code has come a long way, and if you follow the instructions it works well. I've made several cameras using his software as the starting point, all with excellent results:
First I built a Raspi 3 with asi120mm-s. Worked pretty well, and was my allsky cam combo for a long, long time. It has since been decommed and the camera has since been moved to the front of my scope so I can see where it's pointed I have another asi120mm pointed at my camera to make sure I can see when the rotator may be wrapping wire, and it's saved me from torquing apart the rotator multiple times)
Within the last four or five months I've upgraded to a Raspi 4 with asi290mm and stock lens. Works brilliantly and is currently my allsky camera. I am supper happy with the results. I bought a security camera housing (outdoor rated) and drilled out a hole for the USB3 cable. The USB3 cable snakes into my apartment where I have a raspi 4 set up with an SSD for storing the images. I was concerned about constantly writing to the SD card. I'm not quite sure if frequent writes are a concern for sd cards anymore, but it used to be, and I had a usb3 ssd hanging around so why not? An example night: https://www.youtube....h?v=xvfxEdoo1cE The black plastic shield at the lower side of the camera is to block other apartments for both their privacy and light messing with the auto exposure. I have a super narrow band of imageable sky, and it's somewhere between class 7 and 8.
Over the last couple of weeks I have built a third camera. Raspi 4 w/SSD, and asi178mm. Stock lens. The intent was to leave it at a friend's place that has moved out to an area with class one skies and good LTE service. The idea was to use the camera to help me figure out if the site was suitable for a remote observatory. I wasn't happy with the physical build of it though. In the end I took it up there and got a couple of nights of images, and brought it back home to continue working on it. It was a fun project and I don't regret doing it. After taking some time to work on it I may actually install it permanently at my friend's place, we'll see. Here's the best night of data I got, and if you notice at 1:20 in the video there's lots of streaks in the sky on the left side of the video (to the south). This is a starlink constellation going over: https://www.youtube....h?v=LfXaG60syCg
Edited by Lightpath, 29 February 2020 - 11:20 PM.