Redshift All-Sky Camera
Real-Time, High Resolution Images of the Night Sky (150°)
Images are updated periodically (60-90 seconds) throughout the night starting at Civil Twilight (as opposed to Nautical Twilight and Astronomical Twilight). Current civil twilight time as well as current moon data can be seen about mid-way down the page under Almanac on my Redshift Weather Station . NOTE: the camera images are NOT updated during daylight hours. The Starlight Xpress Oculus is a high resolution, very compact wide-field camera, utilizing a sensitive Sony SuperHAD CCD chip with an array of 1392 x 1040 pixels. Due to its low light sensitivity, images are over-exposed in daylight or during times of bright moonlight. Exposures range from 0.05 seconds (bright moon and daylight) to 30 seconds when the sky is at its darkest. On a normal, mostly moonless night, the camera can take over 2000 images.
Right below the image is information pertaining to the displayed image. Time is Mountain Time USA, 24-hour clock. Exposure is expressed in seconds. Image Background indicates the level of brightness in a 16-bit system from 0 to 65,535. North is up and West is to the right.
ALL-SKY TIMELAPSE – LAST HOUR ANIMATION LOOP
ALL-SKY TIMELAPSE – PREVIOUS NIGHT ANIMATION LOOP SUNSET to SUNRISE
BONUS VIDEO CLIP
Overnight time-lapsed all-sky camera video taken at Redshift Observatory in New Mexico. Just before 11:00 PM MST, it caught a bright fireball (exploding meteor?) that was probably fairly low in the atmosphere (based on star field comparisons with other local all-sky captures at the same time). This is a one-minute video of 2014 images taken over 13 hours on Jan 29-20, 2017 – average exposure per frame about 20 seconds. The bright object in the early evening on the right (west) is Venus. North is up. Throughout the 1-minute clip, you can see a fair number of satellites and a few meteors. In case you missed the fireball flash, there is a one-frame image at the end.