Skyscape Cam: Information


The MWS Skyscape Cam

We have a Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 connected to the Weather PC and by using ImageSalsa Weather Edition, we are able to produce the images and movies you see here.

Current View

The current view is generated every 5 minutes and overlayed with data from VWS. This image is then uploaded to the site.

Last Motion detected

ImageSalsa is able to detect motion by comparing the current and previous frames and if there is a difference within the threshold, a motion is considered to have happened. The frame is then overlayed with the date and time of the motion and stored.

This image is then uploaded to the site.

Periodically, we copy the better ones to the gallery.

Expect to see: The Window Cleaner, Birds, Wasps, Flies and the most important one: Lightning!


ImageSalsa saves the VWS overlayed images every 10 seconds from 80 minutes before Sunrise to 80 minutes after Sunset into a timestamped jpeg.

We then use MovieSalsa and it's Scheduler to generate a movie from these images every hour and then uploaded to the site. This movie can be viewed as "Today".

We then do a final movie as the end of the day which can be viewed as "Yesterday". This is normally generated on the hour after Sunset + 80 minutes.

 We then copy and zip all the day's image files with the aim to produce seasonal videos in the future.

Monkspath Weather Station (MWS) is run as an amateur weather station and therefore should not be used as official data.
Whilst every effort is made to keep the data as accurate as possible no guarantee is given that the data meets the requirements of the Meteorological Offices' 'A' Stations.
The weather station data is produced by MWS and MWS claims copyright over all data produced and disseminated by it.
Members of MWS may use the data produced by MWS for non-commercial use and no other purpose.
If MWS data is used according to these licence terms then the data must be acknowledged as belonging to MWS and reproduced with its permission.
The weather station data produced by MWS must not be used for decision making of any kind.
The weather station is privately owned and the owners do not make any claims as to the accuracy of the information collected by the equipment.