Roll Your Own All-Sky, Raspberry Pi Camera

In David Schneider’s personal account, he describes his encounter with a dazzling meteor while driving and his subsequent interest in locating its landing zone. Inspired by successful efforts in finding meteorites through triangulation, he explores projects such as CAMS and the Global Meteor Network, which employ Raspberry Pi-based cameras for meteor observation. Motivated by these initiatives, David decides to construct his own all-sky camera using a Raspberry Pi and the Raspberry Pi High Quality color camera.

To assemble the setup, you’ll need several essential components: a Raspberry Pi microcomputer (the case is not displayed), a Raspberry Pi High Quality camera, a lens, a dome-shaped transparent lens cover, a 5-volt power supply, and a waterproof bulkhead connector. The latter enables the safe passage of AC-mains power through the wall of the waterproof enclosure (unavailable for visual reference) that securely houses the camera.

You can watch this video on how to create an AllSky camera and also how to set up the software necessary for it. Despite encountering initial difficulties, he perseveres and learns how to capture images, adjust settings, and create time-lapse videos. While he has yet to capture meteors, he plans to utilize the camera during the Perseids meteor shower, eager to experience and relive the captivating wonders of the night sky.

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