August 7, 2014 Leave a comment
The monsoon wiped out the first three night of August. Happily, these clouds did bring a bit of rain.
The nights of August 4-6 UT were very disappointing for my meteor detection network. Early August is a busy time for meteor watching with the Perseids (PER) ramping up and the various Aquarius (SDA,SIA)/Capricornus (CAP) showers still producing. I fully expected to be detecting many 10s of meteors per night rather than the lowly 20-21. At that rate, I wasn’t detecting any more meteors than back in late June.
Turns out it was a bit of an upgrade issue. The night of July 31 saw me using the newest version of MetRec (the automatic meteor detection software I use). At first I thought my camera was on its last legs as these cameras are known to loss sensitivity with time. As it turns out, one of the configuration files for MetRec got confused resulting in the software shutting down 2-3 hours before dawn. Since the last hours of the night see the highest meteor rates, it really put a dent in detections. As of August 7 UT, the problem has been fixed.
Obs Date(UT) Time TOT SPO ANT CAP JPE PAU PER SDA ERI ATR BCA KCG BAR SAL 2014-08-06 06h 20m 20 9 2 0 - 1 3 3 0 1 - 0 1 SAL 2014-08-05 06h 27m 20 8 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 1 2 - SAL 2014-08-04 06h 06m 21 10 0 1 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 - - SAL 2014-08-03 00h 00m Clouds/rain all night SAL 2014-08-02 00h 00m Clouds/rain all night SAL 2014-08-01 00h 00m Clouds/rain all night SAL 2014-07-31 03h 35m 10 5 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 - - also no PPS or SIA were seen over the 3 nights SAL - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) VIS - Visual observations from 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 PPS - Phi Piscids CAP - Alpha Capricornids JPE - July Pegasids PAU - Piscis Austrinids PER - Perseids SDA - Southern Delta Aquariids SIA - Southern Iota Aquariids ERI - Eta Eridanids ATR - Alpha Triangulids BCA - Beta Cassiopeiids KCG - Kappa Cygnids BAR - Beta Arietids