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We operate five light-sensitive CCD video cameras at distant locations. Two pairs point at the same volume of atmosphere at a height of about 90 km. Simultaneous meteor detections are thus possible, which enables us to compute the atmospheric path of the meteor as well as the orbital elements of the meteoroid.

Video meteor system setup for METKA:
  • Mintron 12V6-EX video camera
  • 8-mm f/0.8 lens
  • Celeron 700
  • Matrox Meteor II frame grabber
  • Metrec 5.0

    First attempts in video recording the meteor activity was made on November 17/18, 2002 at our Leonid expedition in French Alps. METKA is regularly observing from Kostanjevec, Slovenia since August 12, 2003 and is operated by Javor Kac. Until May 26, 2007 the camera employed was Mintron 12V1.
    >>> to observation statistics for METKA

  • Metka meteor camera
    Video meteor system setup for REZIKA:
  • Mintron 12V6-EX video camera
  • 6-mm f/0.8 lens
  • Celeron 733
  • Matrox Meteor II frame grabber
  • Metrec 5.0

    REZIKA achieved its first light on September 7, 2005. It started with regular observations on January 23, 2006. Until March 21, 2006 it operated with a Watec 120N video camera. It is permanently mounted at Rezman Observatory and is operated by Javor Kac.
    >>> to observation statistics for REZIKA

  • Rezika meteor camera
    Video meteor system setup for STEFKA:
  • Mintron 12V1-EX video camera
  • 3.8-mm f/0.8 lens
  • Celeron 850
  • Matrox Meteor II frame grabber
  • Metrec 5.0

    STEFKA operated under UFOCAPTURE for a few years. On September 9, 2008, the recognition software was changed to MetRec. The camera is permanently mounted at Rezman Observatory and is operated by Javor Kac.

  • Stefka meteor camera
    Video meteor system setup for ORION1:
  • Mintron 12V6-EX video camera
  • 8-mm f/0.8 lens
  • Athlon 1.8
  • Matrox Meteor II frame grabber
  • Metrec 5.0/Win

    ORION1 observes since May 2007 from Ljubljana. It has been used for the research projects at the youth astronomy research camps (MART). The camera is owned by the Orion Astronomical Society and is operated by Javor Kac.

  • Orion1 meteor camera
    Video meteor system setup for ORION2:
  • Mintron 12V6-EX video camera
  • 8-mm f/0.8 lens, 500 l/mm diffraction grating
  • Pentium4 2.4
  • Matrox Meteor II frame grabber
  • Metrec 5.0/Win

    ORION2 observes since August 2008 from Sredisce ob Dravi. It has also been used for the research projects at the youth astronomy research camps (MART). The camera is owned by the Orion Astronomical Society and is operated by Mitja Govedic.

  • Orion2 meteor camera

    Automatic meteor detection, position measurements and radiant associations are done with MetRec 5.0 software on all cameras. Additionally, we are using UFOCapture V2 with SMETKA, our spectroscopic video meteor camera prototype.



    Stationary video meteor stations operated by the MBK Team members (clockwise, starting at 12 o'clock): Orion1, Orion2, Rezika, Metka, and Stefka with their respective fields of view at the height of 100 km.


    Multi station observations are possible between METKA (Kostanjevec) and REZIKA (Rezman Obs), and ORION1 and ORION2. Other video stations in Slovenia are: SRAKA, stationed in Velenje and operated by Mihaela Triglav and KAYAK1 in Tacen, operated by Stane Slavec.
    In 2007 March, Croatian astronomers launched a video meteor network (Hrvatska meteorska mreza) that also offers the possibility of multi station meteor observations. Common meteors have also been observed with meteor cameras in Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.


    Video meteor observing stastistics for METKA (as of January 01, 2010):
    Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
    Nights 1 51 135 174 225 210 173 152
    Teff (h) 3.06 253.12 883.57 1427.21 1551.70 1230.10 1258.60 906.42
    Total 157 519 1487 2047 2112 3919 3103 1710
    Spor 2 331 850 1258 1188 2551 1898 1079
    ANT - - - - 49 205 200 78
    QUA 0 8 0 13 0 15
    DCA 2 24 8 - - -
    DLE 0 1 2 3 9 1
    VIR 4 10 16 - - -
    LYR 11 13 16 3 29 4
    PPU 0 0 0 0 0 0
    ETA 4 4 6 0 17 13
    ELY 5 6
    SAG 6 10 8 - - -
    JBO 0 0 1 0 1 0
    JPE 0 0 2 0 - -
    PAU 2 4 0 4 1 3
    SDA 8 27 19 47 33 33
    CAP 2 20 13 18 50 27 14
    SIA 0 5 10 3 - - -
    NDA 2 11 5 4 - - -
    PER 34 257 295 99 412 286 201
    KCG 2 10 11 4 32 18 15
    NIA 1 3 3 - - - -
    AUR 3 1 8 7 10 14 12
    SPE - - - 11 14 9 6
    DAU 1 4 10 5 42 9 13
    SPI 3 10 14 - - - -
    GIA 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
    EGE 1 9 10 7 24 19 2
    ORI 5 30 106 201 151 273 62
    LMI - - - 3 3 10 0
    STA 7 30 37 41 67 77 29
    NTA 10 26 53 69 78 54 40
    OCA 4 3
    TUM 6 0
    LEO 155 15 5 31 28 10 48 64
    AMO 2 1 1 4 0 3 3
    XOR 32 13 10 - - - -
    PHO 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    PUP 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
    MON 1 5 9 9 15 9 1
    HYD 2 6 6 14 11 7 6
    GEM 59 140 32 257 146 9 0
    COM 5 8 13 9 24 11 6
    URS 0 5 11 3 2 17 0

    Video meteor observing stastistics for REZIKA (as of January 01, 2010):
    Year 2006 2007 2008 2009
    Nights 150 97 113 104
    Teff (h) 766.95 579.31 734.15 660.12
    Total 3511 2715 3923 2391
    Spor 2396 1940 2533 1736
    ANT 68 170 155 170
    QUA 0 5 0 31
    DCA 3 - - -
    DLE 0 1 4 19
    VIR 14 - - -
    LYR 50 49 2 11
    PPU 0 0 0 0
    ETA 6 0 13 33
    ELY 5 9
    SAG 19 - - -
    JBO 14 0 1 0
    JPE 10 0 - -
    PAU 6 6 2 4
    SDA 35 35 15 28
    CAP 36 13 11 14
    SIA 10 - - -
    NDA 3 - - -
    PER 133 164 300 196
    KCG 14 17 27 12
    NIA 0 - - -
    AUR 6 0 13 8
    SPE 13 0 19 0
    DAU 22 28 30 0
    SPI 0 - - -
    GIA 0 4 6 0
    EGE 54 14 24 1
    ORI 266 86 420 33
    LMI 4 0 24 0
    OCA 9 0
    TUM 11 0
    STA 128 66 120 7
    NTA 119 70 92 5
    LEO 12 14 42 0
    AMO 2 0 11 0
    XOR 0 - - -
    PHO 0 0 0 0
    PUP 0 2 0 0
    MON 1 1 0 6
    HYD 0 10 0 5
    GEM 35 0 0 42
    COM 18 20 8 19
    URS 14 0 26 2

    Video meteor observing stastistics for STEFKA (as of January 01, 2010):
    Year 2008 2009
    Nights 17 74
    Teff (h) 109.03 396.90
    Total 157 825
    Spor 103 492
    ANT 3 66
    QUA - 17
    DLE - 0
    LYR - 2
    PPU - 0
    ETA - 8
    ELY - 1
    JBO - 0
    PAU - 2
    SDA - 6
    CAP - 3
    PER - 154
    KCG - 0
    AUR - 1
    SPE - 0
    DAU - 3
    GIA - 0
    EGE 0 0
    ORI 1 0
    LMI 0 0
    OCA 0 0
    TUM 0 0
    STA 12 1
    NTA 13 4
    LEO 12 13
    AMO 4 0
    PHO 0 0
    PUP 0 2
    MON 0 5
    HYD 0 5
    GEM 0 27
    COM 7 10
    URS 2 3

    Video meteor observing stastistics for ORION1 (as of January 01, 2010):
    Year 2007 2008 2009
    Nights 131 222 217
    Teff (h) 720.96 1074.31 1057.58
    Total 4096 2534 2243
    Spor 2218 1484 1293
    ANT 254 185 148
    QUA - 1 26
    DLE - 0 1
    LYR - 7 16
    PPU - 0 0
    ETA - 15 9
    ELY - 15 2
    JBO - 0 0
    PAU 30 5 7
    SDA 142 57 49
    CAP 107 41 29
    PER 586 459 303
    KCG 60 21 16
    AUR 15 7 15
    SPE 35 11 17
    DAU 29 11 12
    OCA 1
    GIA 1 4 1
    TUM 10
    EGE 42 13 41
    ORI 194 76 116
    LMI 3 1 3
    STA 71 20 47
    NTA 85 44 40
    LEO 23 34 22
    AMO 3 14 4
    PHO 0 0 0
    PUP 0 0 0
    MON 29 0 7
    HYD 8 1 0
    GEM 153 0 4
    COM 5 2 4
    URS 3 6 0

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    International Meteor Organization (IMO) - Video commission

    MetRec

    CCD Meteor Video Camera (Ilkka Yrjölä)

    Steve Quirk's observatory

    Hartwig Lüthen's Mintron page

    Armagh Observatory meteor camera

    Croatian video meteor network

     

    Part of the video meteor project is sponsored by:

    Loop media group