The SkyCam project is similar to The Night Sky Live which uses CONCAM (CONtinuous CAMera) all sky cameras to take images of the entire sky all night long. The images are then analyzed using this software and the data is made freely available for scientific and educational use. 
A camera with a wide-angle lens has been installed at Ladd Observatory. This project will document the setup, configuration and operation of the camera. Possible topics include meteorology (cloud cover), detecting meteors and orbiting satellites, and possibly measuring brightness changes of variable stars.
The camera system is a commercial off-the-shelf model manufactured by Santa Barbara Instrument Group. It includes a weatherproof housing with a window that is heated to prevent condensation. The window is an optical filter that transmits light from 630 - 1000 nm (red to near infrared) and is used to block light pollution. Inside is an ST-402ME digital imaging camera which uses a monochrome 16 bit per pixel Kodak KAF-0402ME CCD chip with 9 micron pixel size. The camera body is mated to a Computar fisheye lens with 2.6mm focal length and a 1.6 focal ratio. The field of view is about 140 x 90 degrees.
See /Testing for sample images from the camera.
Note: The Sandbox Server is no longer online and the software initially selected for this project has many problems. A new plan will be implemented soon.
- Phase 0
- Create domain on sandbox server to host project.
- Start coordinating project page: Topic:SkyCam
- Start learning project page on Wikiversity to learn how to use and modify software to process astronomy images.
- Recruit participants to collaborate and develop project.
- Phase 0.1
- Phase 0.2
- Install source code for wolf on sandbox server.
- Build wolf and test that it runs correctly. Build failed due to corrupt tarball.
- Phase 0.3
- Phase 1.0
- Start another learning project on Wikiversity to learn astronomy from the processed images.