Single Camera CAMS stations
Instructions on how to participate in a local CAMS network with a single camera.
Single CAMS Manual (pdf), courtesy of Dave Samuels.
CAMS California (Dave Samuels):
216 Brentwood - David Samuels (pointed Az 355.7 El 56.7).
215 Foresthill - Jim Wray (Az 243.6 El 50.2).
214 Foresthill - Jim Wray (Az 243.8 El 36.1).
213 Brentwood - David Samuels (Az 330.5 El 55.1).
210 San Mateo College - Dean Drumheller (WSW Az = 263.3 El = 47.7).
CAMS BeNeLux (Carl Johannink):
381 Wilderen - JeanMarie Biets.
371 Leiden - Hans Betlem.
366 Leiden central - Marco Langbroek.
361 Alphen aan de Rijn - Robert Haas.
351 Ermelo - Koen Miskotte (will point SE to 311).
341 Ooltgensplaat - Piet Neels (pointed S to 331).
331 Oostkapelle - Klaas Jobse (pointed N to 341).
321 Hengelo - Martin Breukers (pointed N to 311 and 351).
311 Gronau - Carl Johannink (pointed N to 321 and 351).
Coverage area of CAMS California per July 2012.
2012, April 15 - Dave Samuels now has available a set of scripts that run the Single-CAMS software tools in an autonomous fashion. He has worked with Pete Gural to adapt the tools for that purpose.
2012, March 15 - The CAMS BeNeLux network has its first two stations operational, at Oostkapelle (Klaas Jobse) and Oltgensplaat (Piet Neels) in the Netherlands. Carl Johannink in Gronau is the network coordinator. Test runs in the night of March 14/15 produced three good meteor orbits, that of March 26/27 six. These are the first stations that use PAL type cameras, and the first network setup independently from the main network in California.
2012, January 3 - Retired astronomer Jim Wray in Foresthill now has two single-CAMS cameras in operation. Jim is best known for his early pioneering work for the book "The computation of orbits of doubly photographed meteors", published by the University of New Mexico Press in Albequerque in 1967.
2011, December 23 - Tonight was the first night of operations for the Single-CAMS San Mateo College Observatory station (#210, SM), operated by Dean Drumheller (pictured).
2011, December 13 - Geminid maximum. New station Foresthill (214) has come online tonight. The figure above shows the coverage area of the Foresthill camera in relation to other cameras in the network. Operator James D. (Jim) Wray, now retired, is author of the 1967 book "The computation of orbits of doubly photographed meteors", which he wrote when he was director of the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
2011, November 11 - Dave Sammuels and Pete Gural worked out a number of issues regarding the use of EasyCap framegrabbers and the software to run the Single Cams stations. Scripts are now available to run Single Cams on a nightly basis.
2011, September 15 - First Single Camera CAMS station operational.
Dave Samuels (photo right) has operated one Watec 902 H2 Ultimate camera from Brentwood since August 15. On that first night, he recorded just over 70 events during the night. Now the rest of CAMS data has been reduced also, we find that the single Brentwood camera added 31 more meteor tracks to the CAMS network, plus adding a line of sight to a 32nd meteor, mostly by correlating tracks with Lodi cameras 12 and 114. These cameras are not covered by the Fremont Peak and Lick stations. The figure above shows the end points of the recorded meteors on August 15.
2011, June 20 - Peter Jenniskens and Meridel Phillips met with College of San Mateo Observatory staff Dean Drumheller and Daryl Stanford, and one of their students, to test the first CAMS@San Mateo camera, the prototype for a single-camera CAMS system that can be copied by participating amateur astronomers and educational institutes. The camera saw first light, but we were baffled by why EasyCap couldn't read the settings file. This issue is being worked.
2011, June 8 - Pete Gural has build a one-camera version of CAMS which can be used to add cameras to the CAMS project, or set up a separate CAMS network elsewhere. He has put all software elements in place for a single user to be able to calibrate and operate the camera and view the results. Contact Peter Jenniskens for details if you like to participate.
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