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Horizontal lines in MetRec

I was disturbed to notice numerous horizontal lines in the video of my meteor camera (see the MetRec image). At the beginning I was afraid that this was due to the fact that the camera was powered in daylight (even with the possibility that the Sun passed through the fov!). I asked around to find […]

More Potential Hazardous Asteroids than what we thought – the Chelyabinsk event

Zuluaga J.I., Ferrína, I, and Geens, S., 2013, arXiv:1303.1796 The orbit of the Chelyabinsk event impactor as reconstructed from amateur and public footage The Chelyabinsk meteor is the most important impact event after the Tunguska event, almost 100 years before. The object that entered Earth on February 15, 2013, was a small-sized Apollo asteroid (with […]

Watec’s illumination issue

During one observing night in December 2011, I noticed a strange “illumination” in the field, as the image from MetRec shows.   What is obvious from the above image is that there is too much light coming from the bottom, which affects the regions of interest, the flat-field image and the sensitivity image. As a […]

MetRec’s quick links

A short list of links for MetRec (meteor detection program): MetRec IMO’s Video Meteor Network IMO’s Video wiki Practical hints Common errors

Video observations of Perseids 2010 using a DMK camera and UFO Capture

  Project The Perseids 2010 have served as a great opportunity to experiment with video recording of meteors. A DMK camera (DMK 21AF04.AS, The Imaging Source) equipped with a CCTV 2.8mm lens and UFO Capture v2.22 were used. First Results: In total, the camera worked for 17 nights recording 32 meteors (mainly Perseids). Initially the […]

Geminids and their mysterious parent body 3200 Phaethon

The Geminids are one of the best meteor showers of the year with numerous (ZHR~120) and bright (r~2) meteors! The parent body is an asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which is believed to be a candidate for an extinct cometary nucleus, a mystery by itself. Moreover, during the last perihelion passage of the asteroid its magnitude increased […]