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 (P.O.C.: Dave Samuels):
219 SV Sunnyvale - Jim Albers.
218 WC Walnut Creek - James N Head.
216 BW Brentwood - David Samuels.
215 FH Foresthill - Jim Wray
214 FH Foresthill - Jim Wray (now 260, Effio).
213 BW Brentwood - David Samuels.
210 SM San Mateo College - Dean Drumheller.
CAMS BeNeLux (P.O.C.: Carl Johannink):
391 LM Langemark - (planned).
390 ZB Zillebeke - (planned).
384 ML Mechelen - Paul Roggemans.
383 ML Mechelen - Paul Roggemans.
382 WD Wilderen - JeanMarie Biets.
381 WD Wilderen - JeanMarie Biets.
376 UT Utrecht - Felix Bettonvil.
373 LD Leiden - Hans Betlem (planned).
372 LD Leiden - Hans Betlem.
371 LD Leiden - Hans Betlem.
366 LC Leiden central - Marco Langbroek.
364 AR Alphen aan de Rijn - Robert Haas.
363 AR Alphen aan de Rijn - Robert Haas.
362 AR Alphen aan de Rijn - Robert Haas.
361 AR Alphen aan de Rijn - Robert Haas (planned).
356 LH Lieshout - (planned).
352 EM Ermelo - Koen Miskotte.
351 EM Ermelo - Koen Miskotte.
346 DG Dwingeloo - (planned).
342 OP Ooltgensplaat - Piet Neels.
341 OP Ooltgensplaat - Piet Neels.
337 OK Oostkapelle - Klaas Jobse.
334 OK Oostkapelle - Klaas Jobse.
333 OK Oostkapelle - Klaas Jobse.
332 OK Oostkapelle - Klaas Jobse.
331 OK Oostkapelle - Klaas Jobse.
330 OK Oostkapelle - Klaas Jobse.
329 BK Bovenkarpsel - (planned).
328 BK Bovenkarpsel - (planned).
327 BB Benningbroek - Jos Nijland (planned).
326 BB Benningbroek - Jos Nijland (planned).
324 HL Hengelo - Martin Breukers.
323 HL Hengelo - Martin Breukers.
322 HL Hengelo - Martin Breukers.
321 HL Hengelo - Martin Breukers.
316 DB De Bilt - Casper ter Kuile (planned).
313 GN Gronau - Carl Johannink.
312 GN Gronau - Carl Johannink.
311 GN Gronau - Carl Johannink.
CAMS Atlantic (P.O.C.: Pete Gural):
414 MA Mnt Airy, MD - George Varros.
410 AN Annapolis, MD - Billy Smith.
409 ST Sterling, VA - Pete Gural.
408 ST Sterling, VA - Pete Gural.
407 ST Sterling, VA - Pete Gural.
406 ST Sterling, VA - Pete Gural.
405 ST Sterling, VA - Pete Gural.
400 - Reserved Experimental
CAMS Florida (P.O.C.: Andy Howell):
230 GV Gainesville, FL - Andy Howell.
231 NS New Smyrna Beach, FL - Barbara Harris.
CAMS New Zealand (P.O.C.: Prof. Jack Baggaley):
701-716 GE Geraldine - Peter Aldous.
721-736 WM West Melton - Ian Crumpton.
2014, September 5 - Dave Samuels reports an updated layout of the SingleCAMS network in California. He developed a new CAMS Pointing Tool based on software created by Chris Verness of Belgium to create such maps.
2014, August 14 - A bright exploding Perseid firball was captured by station 210, San Mateo College (Dean Drumheller). The star in the image is Vega. Dave Samuels calculated the trajectory shown to the right.
2014, August 11 - J. Andreas (Andy) Howell reports from Gainesville, Florida, that a two-station Single-CAMS network was established with Barbara Harris at New Smyrna Beach. In two months, over 500 Coincidences were contributed to the CAMS trajectory database.
2013, June 17 - Carl Johannink reports that the CAMS@BeNeLux network is rapidly expanding, now with 18 cameras operational. The monthly yield of orbits is shown in the plot below.
2013, April 15 - First observations of the CAMS@Atlantic network, operated by Pete Gural.
2012, October 18 - A meteorite fell near Novato, California. Thanks to the single-CAMS camera setup at the San Mateo College observatory (Dean Drumheller), the meteor could be triangulated with the CAMS station in Sunnyvale and a preliminary trajectory reported in the San Francisco Chronicle. This led to the first meteorite find.
[Interview at Sunnyvale Station (Jim Albers and Diana Gilbert)]
[Report of the find]
Example CAMS images. The fireball was recorded on cameras 11, 51 and 152 at Sunnyvale and 210 at College of San Mateo.
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.
Coverage area of CAMS California per July 2012.
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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