Post by michaelmorris on Aug 10, 2014 23:14:00 GMT
After two years of faithful service, my Samsung SDC 435-based all sky meteor camera has been taken down and replaced with a new one based on a Watec 902H2 Ultimate and Computar 2.6mm f1.0 auto-iris lens. It's all in a new housing and went operational this evening. Below is a still of the first video.
The resolution and the sensitivity are both just streets ahead of the old system. I’ll hope to post pictures of the camera housing and some videos over the next few days.
I hope to have a second, narrower field of view system based on a Watec 902H camera up and running over the next few months.
Hi, Sounds good. I hope you're having better conditions than me. It has been raining more or less continuously since Sunday. Not a chance of anything here. Looking forward to seeing some of the results. Cheers, Bill.
Post by michaelmorris on Aug 13, 2014 11:34:07 GMT
49 meteors on night of 11/12 August and 99 last night (night 12/13 August). I'm particularly please with last night's haul as it was quite cloudy at times + there was a bit of high cloud + an almost full Moon.
Hi, That's an excellent haul. I remember some postings about enclosures a while back. What sort of enclosure are you using for this system? cheers, Bill.
It's basically an off-the-shelf CCTV housing with the glass removed and a dome fitted. It's fitted on to a TV mast. Inside the dome itself is a dew heater and a small fan. The housing itself has a heat sink and fan arrangement to try to reduce heat build up in the enclosure. In the next few of days I hope to connect this to the camera via a couple of strips of copper. This is an attempt to limit heat building up in the camera and hence might help reduce picture noise. I have my doubts about how effective it will be, but it's worth a try.