Congratulations on purchasing the SkyEye all sky camera. To get the most out of your camera, please read this manual before operating the camera for the first time.
Before installing the camera in a permanent location, it is important to follow these steps:
Install the camera drivers:
Connect the camera USB cable to a USB port on the PC that you will be using to operate the camera. After connecting the camera, the system will prompt you to load the camera drivers. Insert the CD and navigate to the “Drivers” folder. Click OK to continue.
Install the camera software:
Navigate to the “SkyEye” folder on the CD, open the folder and run “Setup”. This will install the SkyEye camera software. It may be necessary to download and install the latest Microsoft .NET framework if it is not currently installed on your system. If this is the case, the installer will prompt you to download and install the necessary files.
Acquire dark frames:
Run the SkyEye capture program if it is not already started. Before connecting to the camera for the first time, click on the “Settings” tab and choose a file path for the saved images. Click the “Connect” button to establish a connection with the camera. Cover the camera with a box or towel completely so that no light reaches the camera, preferably in a darkened environment. It is important that no light reaches the camera during this procedure. Click the “Start” button at the bottom of the window and follow the prompts to begin acquiring dark frames. This procedure will take a few minutes to complete and under normal circumstances only needs to be performed once. The program will notify you when the procedure is completed.
Install the viewer software:
Navigate to the “Viewer” folder on the CD. Run “Setup” to install the AllSky Viewer program.
This completes the preliminary installation of the SkyEye camera.
Typical mounting installation
Mounting the camera:
Choose a location for mounting the camera that is as high as possible to avoid obstructions
near the horizons. The camera can be mounted on a standard 1.66” diameter satellite
dish mount such as the Winegard DS-
Settings page descriptions:
Below is a brief description of the controls on the “Settings” tab and their functions.
The SkyEye system is designed to operate 24/7 with no user intervention required.
During daylight, while in the “Sentinel Mode”, the camera periodically takes an image
to measure the average sky brightness (ADU). As twilight approaches and the ADU drops
below the “Sentinel Threshold” value, the camera will start acquiring images. After
each image is acquired, the image is saved to the computer’s hard drive and simultaneously
uploaded to a web host (if connected). If the “Increment Files” tick-
Two separate movie creating methods are available. A standard movie can be created
by checking the “Create Movie” tick-
Additionally, ”Anomaly” movies can be created. These movies are created using only
frames which contain detected moving objects such as meteors and satellites. When
the “Detect Anomalies” tick-
The SkyEye capture program contains several adjustable settings which allow for a great deal of flexibility in the operation of the camera. In most cases, the default values will work well. However, in some cases settings may need to be adjusted to produce more desirable results.
Before connecting the camera for the first time, select a filename and path for the program to save the image files. Click on the “Settings” tab to open the settings dialog. Click on the button shown below and a file browser dialog will open. Navigate to the folder of your choice or create a new folder and enter a filename for the image files. By default, all images are saved in .jpg format. Use only alphabetic characters for the filename.
Connecting the camera:
Switch back to the “Main” dialog by clicking on the “Main” tab and click on the “Connect” button to establish a link with the camera.
Once the link to the camera is established, the “Camera Status” label will report the current status of the camera.
Main page setting descriptions:
Below is a brief description of the controls on the “Main” tab and their functions.
Detection page descriptions:
Below is a brief description of the controls on the “Detection” tab and their functions.
Ftp dialog descriptions:
Below is a brief description of the controls on the “Ftp” dialog box and their functions.
Important mast preparation for camera installation:
If you are using a plastic or metal mast, it is important to cut relief slots if the mast is too tight.
There should only be a light snug fit to camera for ease of rotation and removal.
Integrated Dew Heaters:
SkyEye has (2) built-
At 12 vdc this will produce approximately 2.4 watts of additional heat inside the camera housing. The camera also produces about 1.6 watts for a total of 4 watts of internal heat.
Up to 18 vdc may be applied to the heaters to produce at total of 7 watts of internal heat for more extreme weather conditions.
NOTE: heaters should be controlled and “ON” only during dewing or very cold conditions.
This dome is made of polycarbonate and is fairly scratch resistant. However, it's always best to clean a dirty dome with a liberal solution of window cleaner (Windex) then wipe off with a very soft toilet tissue or Kleenex. The final dust should be removed with a Micro Fiber Towel. The Micro Fibers really work great without scratching.
Please use the following settings in the SkyEye camera program for uploading images and videos to the interactiveastronomy.com web site:
Path to Image Files: <as desired>
Path to Host: ftp://interactiveastronomy.com/skyeye.jpg
Path to Placeholder: <Optional, as desired>
Username: <assigned username>
Password: <assigned password>
Movie Format: Quicktime
Frame Count: <as desired>
Upload Interval: <as desired>
Frame Rate: <as desired>
Step by step instructions:
Click the "Settings" tab button at the top of the program window and check the "Set Host Credentials" check box.
Type interactiveastronomy.com in the "Hostname" field if it is not already displayed.
Type your assigned username in the "Username" field.
Clear the asterisks in the "Password" field and type in your assigned password.
Click the "Connect" button.
After a few seconds, the "Web Host Status" label should display "Connected".
Click on the arrow button adjacent to the "Path to Host" field. An ftp browser window will open and display the contents of your web site folder. Type skyeye in the "Filename" field if it is not already displayed and click the "Save" button to continue.
If you would like to have a customized image displayed during daylight hours when
your camera is off-
All setting and credential information is saved to your hard drive, so in the future you only need to click the "Connect" button to connect to the web server.
*If you cannot connect to the web server for any reason, double check the host credentials
and your internet connection. The credentials are case-
*If you already have a web site and would like to have a web page on interactiveastronomy.com as well, replace the web host credential information with the credentials provided by your web hosting service and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your web site url.
Please do not share your web host credentials with anyone.
SkyEye Web Page Setup
Note: Right click the mouse to bring up a file/folder disposition menu.