Dec 25/26 Meteors
December 26, 2013
Well, it has been way too long… For long time followers of the blog, I am well. My long absence from blogging was due to mostly good things (wonderful twin boys, a heavy work load at the OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission and the usual family life activities that comes with new children and a new home).
The one bad issue that kept me from blogging (at least video meteor data) was the inoperability of my cameras after moving to my new home. For some reason all 4 of my cameras ceased working properly when I tried to re-start my video network. After 2 years of buying new cameras, cables, connectors and such, I finally found the culprit. The cameras did not like the power coming out of the house and required new AC adaptors to work.
In short, my SALSA3 camera (Watec 902H2 Ultimate + 3.8mm f/0.8 lens) is back up and running after 2+ years of downtime and I hope to be posting more regularly in the future.
Last night was my first successful first night and resulted in the capture of 34 meteors. We are currently between major showers (the Geminids of mid-Dec and the Quadrantids of early January) so most of the meteors were sporadics and part of a few of the active minor showers.
Obs Date(UT) Time TOT SPO ANT AHY COM DLM DSV URS SAL 2013-12-26 08h 51m 34 24 3 3 0 2 2 0 SAL - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) Time - 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 AHY - Alpha Hydrids COM - Comae Berenicids DLM - December Leonis Minorids DSV - December Sigma Virginids URS - Ursids