All Sky Camera

Barton All Sky & Meteor Observatory (BASMO)

The Barton All Sky & Meteor Observatory (BASMO) is now operational with the addition of the All Sky camera and realignment of aerial which has started to work loose in mount. The radio section detects the reflections of the Graves Radar signal (near |Dijon) 143.05 MHz detected using the Yagi aerial( az 140 deg , inclination 20 deg) connected to a Fundongle pro+  and signal processed using SpectrumLab on laptop. The Allsky camera runs using Ispy and is set to record video if motion detected in the selected sectors. Unfortunately the All sky camera will not show the meteors detected by the radar ( usually over southern England/ channel/ France)

Images below as follows:

  1. BASMO aerial and Allsky camera
  2. BASMO attachment of camera using wickes bracket suggested by Ed
  3. BASMO Meteor detection top, allsky camera feed bottom.
  4. Radar meteor detection, long duration trace as meteor “burns” up leaving ionised trail
  5. Radar meteor detection showing Doppler shift of approx. 100Hz as meteor approaching Graves signal slows in atmosphere.
  6. BASMO  All Sky camera pointers.
  7. All sky camera and rain drops, design fault ,Ed forgot to include wiper blades!

Click on the links to show videos .

  1. Video clip showing effect of raindrops, giving false movement as security light comes on. falsemove
  2. Video clip showing Plane overhead. Plane
  3. Video clip showing Meteor trace, probably a Draconid. Meteor

Radio scatter of July Meteors

Here is the July meteor data based upon radar backscatter from Graves. As commented by http://meteorshowersonline.com/july_radiants.html

“Although the July radiants do not individually produce strong rates, activity from the Aquarius and Capricornus regions in July and early August, as well as minor activity from other radiants, cause hourly rates to basically rise between the middle and end of July for observers in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Therefore, clear, moonless nights can be quite enjoyable for anyone observing during late July. “

there is a definite increase in activity towards end of month, where we are also entering the Perseid stream ( July 23 – Aug 22nd) and there has been a noticeable increase in fireballs picked up by NASA all sky monitors ( see Spaceweather.com)

Moderate Activity:

Radiant Duration Maximum
Southern Delta Aquarids (SDA) July 14-August 18 July 28/29

Minor Activity:

Radiant Duration Maximum
Alpha Lyrids July 9-20 Jul. 14/15
July Phoenicids (PHE) July 9-17 Jul. 14/15
Alpha Pisces Australids July 16-August 13 Jul. 30/31
Sigma Capricornids June 18-July 30 Jul. 10-20
Tau Capricornids June 2?-July 29 Jul. 12/13
Omicron Draconids July 6-28 Jul. 17/18

 

I have also combined last years daily counts with this years for comparison:

although the count rates vary, there is some mirroring of variation early in the month, but there appears to be an increase rather than decrease in activity during the latter stages of the month. Notice also the diurnal nature of activity, particularly during the second half of the month, where activity is very high during the early hours of the day ( see Hourly meteor rate) .This is a good pointer to observing the Perseids later this month, with peak activity from midnight , through the early hours of the 12-13 Aug, a waning Gibbous moon will be rising around midnight which might interfere with viewing, but it stays relatively low in the sky as the Perseid radiant climbs higher. The shower is active from July 23 till Aug 22nd with best views during the nights of the 11, 12 and 13 Aug. Definitely worth getting those all sky cameras we have made up and running to record shower activity.

clear skies

 

Pete H

All Sky Camera Workshop 11/6/2017

What an exiting morning! Hats off to Ed Mann for organising such a fantastic session. Thanks Ed!

This is the second if two workshops – for those who could not make the first and for those from first needing extra help.

A great idea – an All Sky Camera is one which takes picture of the whole sky – brilliant for meteor observing during showers or for cloud monitiring.

The camera is protected by a dome against the weather and needs an inbuilt dew heater. The camera boards Ed chose use Ethernet so can be accessed on a network.

Andy

All Sky Camera – First detections from 23rd May

Success for A.S.B.O. !

Speeded up 4x

Captured on the MacBook Pro via a trial version of ‘SecuritySpy’ (set to record for 10 seconds pre-trigger and 20 seconds after).

Look out for:

1) Satellite trail (although I think I’ve got it set too sensitive at the mo as the software is triggering a capture and I can’t always see why!)

2) Some black ‘swarm’ thing which is slightly worrying…  😉

3) Lower right corner (towards the end) possibly a meteor or Iridium flare..?

Damian

 

Damian and his All Sky Camera 19/5/17

Damian bought the All Sky Camera he made at Ed Mann’s workshop around to show me tonight – this is a great bit of kit. Thanks Ed for laying on such a great workshop!

He also bought around another bit of kit he bought – another camera……..I thought he said he wasn’t spending any more money?

Andy