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Fisheye Lens (alt/az) to Flat (RA/Dec)?

  1. Apr 10, 2010 #1
    I have a fisheye lens which sees 180 degrees of the sky. It registers the entire sky on a 640x480 grid of pixels. Let's assume I know where the zenith and north are on the plate. That allows me to find the alt/az of every pixel in the circular image. The fisheye is linear in the distance from the zenith out to the edge of the image. How do I compute the ra/dec of each pixel in the image? I know the time and date the image was taken down to 1 second of accuracy.
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  3. Apr 10, 2010 #2
    Actually, this looks pretty straight forward. It's really nothing more than converting from horizontal to equatorial coordinates using some readily available equations on the web. Since the alt/az of each pixel is known from the linearity of both the az and alt, it amounts to making the calcs for every pixel in the circular image.
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