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Best of first meteor video images


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About this observation
Eric Watkins
Time of observation
18/01/2020 - 00:24
Observing location
North Essex
Watec 902 H2 video camera
Lens Computar/Pentax 6mm/0.75
Sonota UFO 2.24 capture software
1/30th sec per frame

For some time I have been wanting to set up a meteor monitoring station by way of a video camera and  radio back scatter back scatter detection. This is research that can be left collecting data automatically, particularly a radio back scatter system.

With the help of William Stewart I finally have one up and going through the test stages.  During 4 nights I have pointed the camera SW at an elevation of ~ 45 deg I have captured 50 meteors.  The image is the best one to date and shows a meteor passing just below the constellation Gemini. The video is much more appealing.  I would like to go on and analyse each detection for which I will need some guidance.  The hardware for the radio detection is ready, but will need advice on settings.

I now plan to build a small station of 3 or more cameras to include spectroscopy.  This is addictive.


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