"My eyes at Bucksnort"
Scope Cam (top)
This interior view allows me to see exactly what is going on inside the observatory, and make sure the scope is in a safe position when opening and closing the roof. (Mobotix M24M ITNight N22)
Security Cam (middle)
This exterior view shows the front door of the observatory, looking back towards the ranch house. This allows me to keep an eye on the comings and goings around the observatory. It also provides a partial sky view and is a good backup if the All-Sky Cam has a problem. (Mobotix M12 Sec DNight N22)
All-Sky Cam (bottom)
This is a 360 degree view looking straight up over the observatory. This view allows me to check sky conditions at a glance and provides a good confirmation of my weather station monitor. It is important to verify "safe" conditions before opening the roof -- wouldn't want to open up during a storm!
If looking at this image during the day, you may notice a large white vertical stripe through the sun. This is normal since this camera chip is very and is "non anti-blooming", which means all those electrons from the Sun are spilling out over the chip. It may not be pretty during the day, but it is spectacular at night (where it is needed most)! (SBIG AllSky-340)