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All Sky Camera Housing

After spotting a security camera dome on Ebay for a couple of pounds, I got around to building a housing for an all sky camera. I wanted to be able to leave the camera out all night for meteor watches and time lapse videos etc., so wanted to make sure it could survive a surprise change in weather. I considered a permanent mounting on the observatory, but because the roof folds, there wasn't enough height to mount it there. I also considered that I wanted it protected from extreme weather and UV, and the easiest way was making it removable.

The basic box is plywood, painted in waterproof PVA glue, then coated in thin cotton cloth, applied with waterproof PVA. A final coat of gloss exterior paint was then added.

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The camera mounts on a hinging tray, to allow fitting and focus adjustment before closing into the dome. The mount has two locating dowels on the side and a single bolt to hold it in place on the side of the observatory.
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I considered several locations for its mounting, but the first was the one chosen. This uses the play house roof to shield the camera from nearby street lights and allows the camera an almost completely unobscured view of the sky, as can be seen from the last image.
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