Last night my test station catched a nice fireball. Despite the partialy clouded sky and the fact that I still have some focusing issues with the camera because of the missing adapter I had the luck to catch at least a part from a quite bright fireball that seems to exit the field before hitting his peak of brightness.
The camera aproximative orientation was azimute : 90 degrees / altitude 45 degrees
UPDATE: the two start visible in the image seems to be delta and theta Leo, so the altitude of the camera was probably a little smaller ( 40 degrees )
Below a pic an animated gif and a URL with the whole movie.
To build a standard meteor station you will need the following main components:
- A highly sensitive video camera;
- A camera lens;
- A dedicated computer;
- A video grabber (if the camera produces analogue output)
Besides this it might be needed some cables , lens adapters, a camera housing box for outside and some wall fixing accessories. Also a programmable socket outlet might be useful.
In the following I will present the standard component combination we use at most stations in our network to provide a simple “recipe” for fast building a functional station. Changing components might need some extra time needed for testing and fine tuning.
Our standard component combination is:
Other small accesories:
- RG6 cable (BNC to RCA) for conecting camera to grabber
- C-CS adaptor to increase a few mm the distance between camera and lens (without it the camera will not focus unless is the lens is partially unscrewed )
- 12V / 300mA adapter for video camera (if not included with the camera )
- Housing box for camera and wall fixing accesories
Software : CAMS or UFOCapture
A very detailed manual about building a station can be found here courtesy of Dave Samuels.
In this manual you can find also some useful recomandation about Watec camera settings.
Right below a picture of a disassembled station by Raul Truta: