Author: Paul Roggemans

A New CAMS network in the United Arab Emirates

A new CAMS network is being set up in the UAE. A first station had been equiped with 17 Watec cameras and was succesfully tested on 28 January 2016. Meanwhile the funding has been granted to set up the second station. When completed the CAMS@UAE will consist of 3 stations with 17 cameras at each station. See also: http://www.astronomycenter.net/uacn?l=en. Unfortunately a recent severe weather event with wind speeds of over 130 km/h and some floading caused some dammage to the first station.  Tests are being done to assess the damage. Read more:...

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Writing content for eMeteorNews

The mission statement of this project: “Minimizing overhead and editorial constraints eMeteorNews assures a swift exchange of information dedicated to all fields of active amateur meteor work.” Practical aspects Who will take care of this? Several people volunteered to become MN-editor. Meteor workers interested to join the editorial board are welcome to join the current editorial board: Salvador Aguirre (Mexico) Karl Antier (France) Lorenzo Barbieri (Italy) François Colas (France) Marcelo de Cicco (Brazil) Martin Dubs (Switzerland) Kai Gaarder (Norway) Antal Igaz (Hungary) Carl Johannink (the Netherlands) Paul Jones (USA) Richard Kacerek (U.K.) Jakub Koukal (Czech Republic) Marco Langbroek (the Netherlands) Bob Lunsford (USA) Esko Lyytinen (Finland) Jose Maria Madiedo (Spain) Mikhail Maslov (Russia) Koen Miskotte (the Netherlands) Hiroshi Ogawa (Japan) Roman Piffl (Slovakia, MN-administrator) Paul Roggemans (Belgium) Carlos Saraiva (Portugal) Roger Spinner (Switzerland) Enrico Stomeo (Italy) Hirofumi Sugimoto (Japan) Your name here? Contact Koukal-at-wachal.cz to get access. When? Discussions about this project started begin of 2016. The response to the idea was very positive. Several people offered to help and are interested to participate. Since we started from scratch, we worked out a prototype as experiment and used the rest of 2016 as a test period. We hope to collect news on the website meteornews.org and to compile a few online issues in PDF format each year. The test period proved successful and we registered an ISSN number and...

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A peculiar meteor recorded by CAMS@Benelux on 29 February 2016

One of the first meteors captured on the new camera 394 installed in Dourbes, Belgium, proved to be simultaneously with two other stations: Mechelen, Belgium (camera 390-391) and Oostkapelle, the Netherlands (camera 339). This meteor displayed a remarkable end flare of about magnitude –4. (PDF version of this article). Introduction The CAMS@Benelux network started with two Watec cameras at two stations in March 2012. Four years later the network has 52 cameras at 18 stations. The network has the capacity to collect about 20.000 orbits per year and contributes to the main CAMS project (Jenniskens et al., 2011). More...

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Why to start with eMeteorNews?

Amateur meteor workers have always been interested to exchange information and experience. In the past this was only possible via personal contacts by letter or by specialized journals. With internet a much faster medium became available and plenty of websites, mailing lists, Facebook groups, etc., have been created in order to communicate about meteors. Today there is a wealth of meteor data circulating on internet, but the information is very scattered and not directly available to everyone. The authors have been considering how to organize an easy access to the many different meteor related publications. The best solution for the current needs of amateur meteor observers proved to be a dedicated website combined with a PDF journal, both being free available without any subscription fee or registration requirement. The authors decided to start with this project and in March 2016 the website meteornews.org has been created. The year 2016 will be a test period for this project. The mission statement of this project is: “Minimizing overhead and editorial constraints to assure a swift exchange of information dedicated to all fields of active amateur meteor work.” Introduction Amateur meteor work is booming since video meteor observing became easily accessible for a large number of amateurs. However it is very difficult to follow all the developments as there are too many different sources to check. Some journals impose time-consuming editing procedures...

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