[TDA_wg] vendors for remote dome cameras?
arne at aavso.org
Mon Jul 6 11:57:44 EDT 2015
The cameras we use for our AAVSOnet installations are from Foscam, a very
reliable and inexpensive brand available everywhere (try Amazon). There
are models for 640x480, HD, just pan/tilt, or pan and zoom. They transfer
either by WIFI or hardwire. We've used over a dozen and have never had a
failure. The model we have is the FI8910W; other typical ones are FI8921W
(HD); the FI9826W has zoom and is the one I'd buy today. Note: these
cameras have IR illuminators built in, but you have software control to
turn the LEDs on/off, which is essential in an observatory environment.
On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 11:03 AM, Virginia Trimble <vtrimble at astro.umd.edu>
> Rob Seaman <seaman at noao.edu> wrote:
> > Howdy,
> > At lunch yesterday the question came up about cameras for remotely
> monitoring domes/enclosures of robotic facilities. There was interest is
> relatively high-end cameras with features like panning and zooming,
> especially IR cameras that would be usable during active observing. It
> appears that one vendor (don’t have the name) from a few years ago is no
> longer reachable and that Amazon or eBay is the only source. The
> observatory would prefer a non-orphaned product, needless to say.
> > Any suggestions? Either for vendors or clever workarounds? Presumably
> several on this list operate robotic telescopes. How do you ensure safety
> and provide for remote trouble shooting?
> > Rob
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> The folks at LCOGT seem a likely source of information, since they operate
> a bunch of unattended telescopes.
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