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547 - Skywatch: The truth is out there!
Monday, June 22, 2009




"I use an old Sony DCR-PC2 digicam and connect it by Firewire to my old Dell Win2K PC. The only freeware video program that works with this setup is FWink. It takes a picture every minute and stores it as a 600*800 bit jpeg. The pictures are renamed and stored using a VBScript program. I analyzed all the pictures with IrfanView and selected the most interesting ones." I use an old Sony DCR-PC2 digicam and connect it by Firewire to my old Dell Win2K PC. The only freeware video program that works with this setup is FWink. It takes a picture every minute and stores it as a 600*800 bit jpeg. The pictures are renamed and stored using a VBScript program. I analyzed all the pictures with IrfanView and selected the most interesting ones."

This looks like a very fun project. A camera with night vision could do some cool astronomy with a similar system, there are projects like this done by amateurs and professional surveys. A whole sky fisheye lens or "hubcap" mirror would be great to catch meteors and other sporadic phenomena.

Skywatch from "Urban Adventure in Rotterdam"
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, June 22, 2009  
5 Comments:
  • At 6/22/09, 10:10 AM, Blogger Arjan said…

    ..that gets you tóns of photo's..
    60 per hour and roughly 1000 per day (that is if you don't take photo's while it's dark).

    How do you keep check if something interesting happens? Just scan over the pics and throw the rest away?

     
  • At 6/22/09, 2:12 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    Software? :)

     
  • At 6/22/09, 5:22 PM, Blogger Arjan said…

    they should have had this in 1940, there would have been lóts of planes over Rotterdam ;)

     
  • At 6/22/09, 8:46 PM, Blogger thimscool said…

    A whole sky fisheye lens or "hubcap" mirror would be great to catch meteors and other sporadic phenomena.

    If only I had the time. But if I did make the time, I would use something better than a crappy svga camera to take the photos.

     
  • At 6/26/09, 7:13 AM, Blogger R2K said…

    Certainly could, but would that produce too much data?

     
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