In the last ‘meteors’ post, I mentioned my plan to set up a 2nd meteor camera to cover more of the sky. Over the past 4 nights, both cameras have been operating. At first I wasn’t happy with the placement but after some trial and error, the cameras are in the final configuration. The map of the sky below shows where each camera is pointed on the sky. The stars are valid for ~10pm. Though the stars move throughout the night the cameras are fixed and point in the same part of the sky relative to the horizon.
Both cameras cover the same amount of sky. The difference in the shaps and size of the Field of Views is due to distortions in the way the sky is plotted in the chart. It is obvious that even with 2 cameras, most of the sky is not monitored. Unfortunately, the trees in my yard limit where I can observe. The next step is to find a remote sight in order to determine orbits on the meteors detected in common from both sights.
The totals below include detections from both cameras. Even with the 2 cameras, numbers are still low as no major or even good minor showers are active. Cirrus remains an occasional problem. Lately, smoke from some of the forest and grass fires in southern AZ have made for a murky sky. Next month the monsoon will wipe out many of the nights. But when it is clear, the number of meteors will be much higher as we enter the most active season for meteors.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO ANT TUS 2009-06-15 06h 25m 14 14 0 SDG 2009-06-15 04h 00m 2 1 1 TUS 2009-06-14 06h 22m 12 12 0 TUS 2009-06-13 06h 21m 5 4 1 TUS 2009-06-12 06h 12m 15 13 2
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
SPO – Sporadics (meteors not affiliated with any particular meteor shower)
ANT – Antihelions