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Design of low-cost, compact and weather-proof whole sky imagers for high-dynamic-range captures

Abstract · Apr 19, 2017 10:27 ·

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Arxiv Abstract

  • Soumyabrata Dev
  • Florian M. Savoy
  • Yee Hui Lee
  • Stefan Winkler

Ground-based whole sky imagers are popular for monitoring cloud formations, which is necessary for various applications. We present two new Wide Angle High-Resolution Sky Imaging System (WAHRSIS) models, which were designed especially to withstand the hot and humid climate of Singapore. The first uses a fully sealed casing, whose interior temperature is regulated using a Peltier cooler. The second features a double roof design with ventilation grids on the sides, allowing the outside air to flow through the device. Measurements of temperature inside these two devices show their ability to operate in Singapore weather conditions. Unlike our original WAHRSIS model, neither uses a mechanical sun blocker to prevent the direct sunlight from reaching the camera; instead they rely on high-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI) techniques to reduce the glare from the sun.

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