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MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging met

Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:39 am

MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging meteors etc

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Re: MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging

Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:59 pm

I have a similar camera, and I also experimented with using it as an 'all-sky' camera.
My adventures are on this thread.
http://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/forum/all-sky-camera-t129007.html

As you can see, you end up with a planetarium effect image which is very impressive, showing every star you can see with your eye, and the Milky Way too. I never had much luck in capturing meteors, but I do have a few of the brighter ones.

I would be very interested to see how you get on.

In the end I switched to using a Raspberry Pi solution with a Picamera, which I now have permanently mounted. (for reasons mentioned in the thread) It does the job of showing me the state of the sky, but it doesn't catch meteors. It shows the ISS well enough though.

Re: MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging

Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:18 pm

What exposures, processing ???

Thanks

Re: MONO camera came today, WITH whole sky lens for imaging

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:46 am

I think if you load the software and run a few tests, you will quickly discover the parameters for a variety of conditions. A lot depends on things like the light pollution situation, and sources of light in the field of view. There is an 'automatic' setting which is worth trying, but it might not always be optimal. Bear in mind that you might require a long exposure to get the dimmer stars, but a meteor - no matter how bright is only being exposed in one place for a fraction of a second. Also the wide view means that most meteors will be very small.
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