Dear fellow meteor observers, My name is Mike Foylan and I live in Ireland, I own a meteor video detection system for the last number of years and I am glad to see this aspect of work expanding to ever more interested people in both Ireland and UK that can contribute valuable data. It is an honour for me to be on this forum, to learn and discuss this very interesting area of research, I hope that potential future projects in the spirit of partnership may come about through discussions on this excellent forum. Mike Cherryvalley Observatory (MPC: I83)
Hi Mike, Welcome aboard!, yes the video technology has revolutionised meteor astronomy over the past few years. If you had a look around you'll see it's quite informal here with the simple aim of giving observers a point of contact and communication. Feel free to start up any meteor related topics you wish. Can I ask what camera/lens/software are you using just now? cheers, Bill.
Hello Bill I have two cameras, one North facing and one East facing. The cameras are Watec 902DM2S ½ Inch format CCD video cameras, both cameras are fitted with Computar High Speed Aspherical 8mm f/0.8 lens giving an approximate field of view for each camera of 45 x 33 degrees, I use Canopus ADVC-55 firewire Frame Grabbers. Both cameras are set at an elevation of 60 degrees. I use “UFO Capture” from SonotaCo. I also have the use of a portable system which consists of a Watec 902H Ultimate and Computar 2.6mm f/1.0 lens giving an approximate field of view of 140 x 122 degrees. Some of my meteor work can be found on these links below. Best wishes and clear skies to all.