June 9/10/11 Meteors

After another cloudy night, we finally got some good observing here in Tucson. To be honest, that was a surprise since it was cloudy when I went to bed. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the night turned out to be clear and 13 meteors were detected.

Hopefully it will be clear this evening so I can set up my 2nd meteor camera. Having 2 cameras running will double the amount of sky I can cover and as well as the number of meteors detected.

If this works, then the next step will be to set up 1 or 2 additional cameras at another site. Having cameras observe a meteor from sites many miles apart will allow orbits to be determined for each meteor. With orbital info, the meteors actually path through the solar system can be plotted.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT
TUS  2009-06-11  07h 09m  13  13  0
TUS  2009-06-10  00h 00m  0   0   0

TUS – Camera in Tucson operated by Carl Hergenrother
SDG – Camera in San Diego operated by Bob Lunsford
TotTime – Total amount of time each camera looked for meteors
TOT – Total number of meteors detected
SPOSporadics (meteors not affiliated with any particular meteor shower)
ANT – Antihelions


  1. Awesome Carl! I am one of many who really enjoy looking at your site every day for updates and I’m thinking about setting up a camera at my folks place outside of Auckland, New Zealand where the sky is very clear. Some Southern Hemisphere action 🙂

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the compliments!

      We could use some more sky coverage down south. I know that Rob McNaught ran a camera in Australia for years. He still might though he hasn’t contributed anything to the IMO Video Network in years. The southern sky is still uncharted territory for meteors even after the efforts of the Advanced Meteor Orbit Radar (also located in NZ).

      I plan to post a short posting on the current state of my system with a complete description of my set-up and pictures.

      – Carl

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