The all sky camera is a raspberry pi connected to a ASI 178MM monochrome CCD camera. The pi collects a 25 second exposure every 30 seconds. These single frames are combined into an AVI file to produce a timelapse video.

The camera is supplied with a 2.5mm lens providing a 170 degree view of the sky. A plastic hood protects the camera and computer; all housed in a plywood box attached to the top of the solar cell panel frame.

ZWO ASI178MM information
Mono camera
Exposure support:Yes
Gain support:Yes
Gamma support:Yes
WB_R support:No
WB_B support:No
Brightness support:Yes
USB Traffic support:Yes
sensor temperature:17.000000

This camera can also be attached to a telescope, and video of bright objects can be captured, and stacked.

Sage Conditions

  • Local Time: Sat Jul 20 9:22 PDT
  • Today's Sunrise: 05:56
  • Today's Sunset: 20:08
  • Today's Moonrise: 22:45
  • Today's Moonset: 9:20
  • The Moon is DOWN
  • Moon age: 18.2 days
  • Moon phase: Waning Gibbous
  • Next new moon: 7/31/19 20:12 PDT
  • Illuminated fraction: 87.2%
  • Moon Distance: 405504 km
    measured from center of earth
  • Astro. Dawn: 04:15 - 05:56
  • Astro. Dusk: 20:08 - 21:49
  • Outside Temp:
  • Inside Temp:
  • Obs Out. Temp: 57.8 °F
  • Obs In. Temp: 49.6 °F
  • Humidity:
  • Cloud Cover: [Graph]
  • Astro Calendar: 14d 30d 60d

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All Sky Camera

The All Sky Camera
All Sky Videos

Current Local Weather

LIVE wx200d/1.3 interface
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Daily weather plot Find more about Weather in Frazier Park, CA
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External links

A weather page for this location is at Weather Underground

NOAA weather prediction: NOAA (long & lat) NOAA

The David and Kathleen Beccue home page is found at

Cabin & Observatory Info

Information is here on cold weather water startup, cold weather water shutdown, and playing movies on the computer upstairs.

A GPL raytrace program, for telescope design is available here: raytrace.tgz.

The philosophy behind an observatory design is documented here.

Andrew's site is here and blog is here . Angels and Ministers of Grace, defend us!


Apollo 11 Landing Panorama

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Tranquility Base Panorama

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Shadowed Moon and Mountain

On July 16 the Moon celebrated the 50th anniversary of the On July 16 the Moon celebrated the 50th anniversary of the

Apollo 11: Descent to the Moon

It had never been done before. It had never been done before.

Apollo 11 Launches Humans to the Moon

Everybody saw the Moon. Nobody had ever been there. Everybody saw the Moon. Nobody had ever been there.

The Space Station Crosses a Spotless Sun

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Eagle Aurora over Norway

What's that in the sky? What's that in the sky?

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