The Night Sky Live project

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Department of Physics


The Night Sky Live project's main goal is to create a useful continuous record of the night sky. In its current implementation, it is essentially a passive observatory, designed to work autonomously. It sees from horizon to horizon and does not track the sky. A continuous camera mates a Fisheye lens to a CCD camera under the control of a laptop computer. These components are housed in a case similar in size to a large briefcase. This observatory is designed to be bolted to a rooftop and connected to power and Ethernet, and is programmed remotely over the Internet. In addition to information about weather and seeing conditions, there are many scientific objectives established by the Night Sky Live project. The data is considered public domain immediately upon recording. Currently, these cameras are allocated at major professional observatories all over the World.

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Astronomische Nachrichten