We operate a Meteor camera at the observatory, coordinated by Janice.
Members of the Meteor Group are able to log-in and sift through the results looking for genuine meteors and other interesting sightings for further analysis.
WATEC 902H Ultimate with a 12.5mm focal length F1.2 Lens
- Exposure – 25 fps (non-integrating mode)
- Gain – AGC Lo (Switches 1 and 2 are in the OFF position)
- Gamma – Off (=1.0 – to increase contrast, also adjust capture device)
- Electronic Shutter settings (Shutter mode ON AE Mode Control 8, EI:OFF (stops it ‘hunting’ in twilight)
- Switch number 3 is in the ON position
- The ten point setting dial on the side set to 8?
- Iris settings: Fully open
Protocol for Meteor checking
Meteors are checked for during the day, members may check any previous nights not yet checked.
Monday – Gary Hunt
Tuesday – Honor Wheeler
Wednesday – Stephen Brooks
Thursday – Malcolm Gough
Friday – Steve Gouldson
Saturday – Simon Dawes
Sunday – Diane Clarke
Please let Janice McClean know if you wish to change your day or withdraw
On your ‘day’ please log into mycloud and look over all the files from the night before.
Identified Meteor Files and anything else of interest:
- Meteors and sprites (obviously)
- Alien Star Destroyers – especially if Vogon
- Any thing else that you think may be interesting.
Move the files from their current location to Public | Meteor detector | Meteors – verified for analysis | year | month | start date of meteor
- Domestic lights
Delete all of the four relevant files (jpg, bmp, avi, xml) – Don’t worry if you delete something by mistake we have local back-ups.
Having moved the files or deleted the false detections you should be left with no files in the day’s folder please delete the folder, and feel free to process any previous folders not checked by others. If you discovered a meteor please let the group know on the group email distribution ideally with a link to the meteor files.
Any problems with moving, deleting or accessing the NAS will normally be fixed with a retry, if this fails wait a couple of hours and try again, if it continually fails, try a different browser and if this also fails contact Janice McClean, Simon Dawes and Mike Rushton who will look into the problem.
Thanks to the following people for helping the society get our meteor camera up and running:
Nick James (BAA)
Richard Fleet (BAA and Newbury AS)
Leeds Astronomical Society
Alex Pratt – Nemetode Group
Plus, of course, Janice McClean for leading the project and all the Society members (too many to name) who have contributed to the project.