Final Presentation: March Maker-in-Residence Ed Kalin: Create an All-Sky Camera

Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ed KalinDuring March, help MIT graduate and electronics enthusiast Ed Kalin create an All-Sky Camera, capable of taking a 360-degree image of the sky. Utilizing a Raspberry Pi, camera, PVC tubes and other low cost materials, the process will culminate with a workshop to make your own camera. Join him in designing and building on Mondays (6-8 pm), Wednesdays (3-5 pm) and Fridays (1-3 pm). The final presentation will be on Sunday, April 6 from 2-4 pm.

all sky camera sampleAn All-Sky Camera is a digital camera that can capture photographs or videos of the entire arc of the sky within a single frame. Such a camera could be used to record meteor or satellite trails, time-lapse cloud motion sequences, migrating flocks of birds, aircraft (or perhaps even UFOs!) criss-crossing the sky, weather events, the motion of astronomical features such as the sun, moon, planets and stars, and more. The All-Sky Camera can be used for performing scientific observations, exploration and learning (in areas such as astronomy, weather and photography) as well as for aesthetic pursuits (such as nature appreciation and artistic expression). 

imlsThe program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).

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