I tend to sit inside imaging, and I often stream my imaging sessions onto YouTube.
Recently I have taken to running Kstars on the Astroberry which runs on my Pi4 8GB with a SSD drive. My reasons for doing this is that I want to get all the settings and workflow set up for the time when I try running my rig at a dark site.
While I am inside, I have been thinking about setting up a webcam to just point at the rig so that I can see what it is doing, and was thinking of streaming the output from the webcam through the raspberry Pi to a host on my network.
I have been able to do this with the following script:
1. I Use one in Obsys like attached picture - it uses either Wifi or Wired (I use wired) but the wifi can act as an AP see below abount comment on network usage
2. I would not,IMHO, use it on the Indi Attached PI Wifi network or attached directly to your PI as it will/could have a direct effect on your processing power and Network performance. USB Web cams have the same effect plus power usage.
3. Mine does have a Infra red LED's so you need to switch it off during actual imaging. So maybe the good old Analogue Samsung 435 I used to use was better as it didn't have the LED's
4. Its useful to watch the clouds approaching LOL when you wonder why your image is suddenly poor!
Yes, if this were for an observatory then I would certainly look at something like what you are using. In my case it is a webcam on a camera mount.
I'd be quite happy with 640x480, or 320x240 resolution really, it is just to have some form of view of the mount remotely when at my desktop.
If using the same Pi then for power I'd be plugging it into the spare port on my Pegasus PBA, so it shouldn't (hopefully), drain, or cause, Raspberry Pi power issues - although perhaps USB Bandwidth might turn out to be an issue?
In initial tests, ffmpeg at 640x480 & 320x240 was running a bitrate of < 1Mbps and load on the Pi was < 1.0, although the USB bandwidth is probably higher, and that bitrate is probably the H264_OMX encoded rate then USB bandwidth might be an issue.
I still have the option of running this on a different Raspberry Pi if necessary, or run a longer USB extension cable to a laptop indoors. Just wondered if anyone had tried, and had a story to tell...