December 2015 Geminids Adventure!


As you may know, Raymond and I will go almost anywhere in North America to seek out clear skies to fulfill my passion of seeing, photographing and recording meteor shower events and for Raymond, to join me to experience them also.

So early in 2015, I told Raymond that it will be a
Location: Outskirts of Vienna / Southern area

Hardware Module - SDRPlay1

Software: HDSDR V2.76a ( March 17, 2018 ) + Laptop with W7

Antenna: Desktop discone/bandpass filter for 145Mhz (±7Mhz) / 2m band

Period: 19.07.2018 / From 18:55 CEST 16:55UT to 21:00 CEST 19:00UT

At this point the current of alpha capricornids (CAP) is still very low.
This time in
Finally had the opportunity to set up the equipment and scan the meteorites again - here is my information:
Location: Outskirts of Vienna / Southern area
Hardware Module - SDRPlay1
Software: HDSDR V2.76a / Version March 17, 2018 + Laptop with W7
Antenna: Lightweight yagi 144 MHz 5ele - 1,5m Boom

Period: 12.07.2018 / From 20:00 CEST (18:00 UT) to 22:15 CEST (20:15 UT)
I am an amateur astronomer since 1980 and have been operating the radio astronomy / meteorscan with the following equipment for one year:
Hardware Module - SDRPlay1
Software: HDSDR V2.76a (March 17, 2018 ) + Laptop with W7
Antenna: Lightweight yagi 144 MHz 5ele - 1,5m Boom

In 2018 I observed the Lyrids and Eta-Aquarids by radio astronomy.
Results Lyrids:
Location: Austria / Cit
All, this may be of interest - Detlef.

Dear all,

The professional astronomy conference European Planetary Science Congress 2018 (EPSC) will be held from September 16 to September 21, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. This yearly conference gives an inspiring insight of the latest discoveries and the current status of Solar System astronomy and planetary science and wellcomes the participation of a
I caught this fairly bright one on Jan 27 12:23 UT from California. The path appears directly from the ECV radiant and the duration was less than 1/2 second (based on frame capture rate), which is consistent with the fast speed of these. However, no other meteor of similar direction were caught during that morning. Is it possible from this shower?

Mikhail Maslov posted Jan 8 '17 at 3:27 pm
Hello all,

We are aware of potentially strong tau-Herculid shower in 2022. However my modelling shows that there are some chances for activity in 2017 on May 30 at 17:24 UT.
I suggest that if any activity appears, it should very low, perhaps, at the level of separate meteors, but their brightness is expected to be high, so even 1-2 such meteors could make a lot of fun. Details are here:
recent by Antal Igaz  ·  Jan 3 at 8:30 am
Ben Dawson posted Dec 24 '16 at 12:03 am
From looking at fireball reports and the IMO calendar, it seems that the overwhelming majority of meteor observers are northern hemisphere based.
Is there anyone else south of the equator on here?

recent by Ben Dawson  ·  Dec 31 '17 at 8:27 am
Mikhail Maslov posted Dec 17 '17 at 3:40 pm
After expected Draconid activity in 2018, they could also show some enhancement in 2019, which is somethat similar to Draconids 1999 in its parameters. Details are here:



I am now using the following set up:
-Raspberry Pi 3

2x Neo M8T
Radio link - 433 MHz telemetry kit (SiK radio) and it is matched via mission planner.
Base station: I power the radio with an adapter (micro usb end) and the 6-wire Pixhawk cable goes to the telemetry slots of the board and that's how I power the board. The inputs of the telemetry on the board are - Gnd, SDA, SCL, T

I am using HiSensemk II CCD camera.I am trying to grab an image in MAX.But it says "Cannot detect recognizable video source".

What coluld be wrong with it?

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

Please help.

referance: https://forums.ni.com/t5/LabVIEW/error-0xBFF6001F-Cannot-detect-recognizable-video-source/td-p/3267055

I was just returning home after taking advantage of lovely clear skies last night, and as I often will looked to the heavens and asked of one more "please".

To be rewarded with a long 50 degree majestic red/pink meteor tail that had a fizzing appearance (no sound - even though I listened for a while just in case).

The meteor head itself was not very bright, maybe magnitude 0/-1.

Bill Ward posted Jun 6 '17 at 10:37 am
Is there anyone going to the IMC that would be willing to do a workshop on how to generate the 3D maps showing meteor trails over the ground.
Not being an expert my own attempts have not worked.
I'd really like to see how it's done properly and I'm sure there would be plenty of other people interested too!

PS. I tried to create this topic in the IMO/IMC secti
recent by Bill Ward  ·  Nov 28 '17 at 9:47 am
Bill Ward posted Nov 28 '17 at 9:46 am
I'm heading to Tenerife for the Geminids this year. I was wondering if there were any other IMO-er's planning on visiting the Canary Islands at the same time. I'll have a basic set up of three cameras and would like to try some two station work if anybody was on La Palma (or anywhere else!).

Hello all,
First the good news: I was able to pull in WCCO 830 AM in Minneapolis from my home here in metro Detroit for the first time. (That's approximately 540 miles.) I'm using Exray's version of a Hiker's set along with a loop antenna which is basically a hula-hoop with five turns of #22 magnet wire, a dual 365pf variable cap and one single turn of litz to inductively couple the set to the
Hello everybody!

Has anyone thought about using the RSP2 for radio astronomy ?

I am currently setting up a 4.8 m dish for pulsar Observation and besides other receivers I would ike to use the RSP2 as well.

I know that this will be a very, very demanding task, however backed by a study of radio astronomy in the late 70ies and 35 yrs of experience in the space industry (physicist, phd.)
Dear all,

We would like to draw your attention to a potential slight meteoric activity enhancement coming from the alpha-Monocerotids meteor shower on November 21st, 2017, around 21 h 26 min UT.
You will find more informationa nd tips regarding this potential event on this page: https://www.imo.net/possible-activity-from-the-alpha-monocerotids-in-2017/

All observations (positive or neg
recent by Mayuresh Prabhune  ·  Nov 17 '17 at 7:47 am
In the evening on 27th(UT), Radio Meteor Observation in the world caught a possibility of lambda-Ursae Majorids activity.

This was analyzed and announced by Mr.Hirofumi Sugimoto (JPN).

Mr.Sowa reported an increase of meteor echoes to him first.
After that, Mr.Hirofumi analyzed radio meteor observations data in the world and caught a possibility of this meteor shower activity.

As hi
recent by Karl Antier (admin)  ·  Nov 11 '17 at 3:49 pm
I have been out on 5 mornings so far in mid-October to view the Orionid shower from my yard located in the rural foothills east of San Diego. On all mornings I faced nearly due south about half-way up in the sky. The first morning was the 18th when I only counted 3 during 2.5 hours of viewing. It had been cloudy all day but was expected to clear by midnight. I woke at midnight but skies were stil
Recorded over Copenhagen, Danish: København
Meteor seen in the sky for 10 seconds.

Read more at https://xissufotoday.space/2016/11/a-bright-fireball-in-the-sky-over-denmark-november-28-2016.html

People from all over the country have reported seeing a fireball streak through the sky at about 18:25.

recent by Aaron Walker  ·  Oct 20 '17 at 10:26 am
Dear meteor/Geminids observers,

Here is an interesting view of the Geminids (thanks Tioga for the forward), as we could observe them from the stratosphere! Interesting to see how a meteor behave in real time, from a different point of view. Must be much harder to associate meteors to a defined radiant from there ;-)

Don't forget to
recent by Aaron Walker  ·  Oct 20 '17 at 10:17 am
This morning I was facing south to concentrate on the southern showers. As has been the case recently the humidity has been high and the transparency has been poor. The light dome from San Diego was bad, affecting the sky toward the west and southwest. So the sky east of the meridian was impressive but west of the meridian was poor. Despite this I managed to count 52 meteors during 3.33 hours of
Hi all,

As a lifetime amateur astronomer I have always been fascinated by meteor showers. I've never being a serious meteor observer, but meteors always attracted me with their natural beauty.

I found it very frustrating by the fact the only tool to estimate showers activity, the Fluxtimator is so clunky and hard to use. It sure was really cool in 1999, but today is 2017 and our expectati
recent by Alexander Vasenin  ·  Aug 5 '17 at 4:15 am
It was 1 year ago tonight that the July gamma Draconids produced an impressive outburst over Europe. If any such occurrence were to repeat in 2017, it would most likely occur over North America near 6UT. I went out with little anticipation and that is exactly what I saw. Only 2 GDR's appeared during 2 hours centered on 6UT. I was actually surprised I caught 2 of them! The first one was slightly b
I have been waiting for the moon to pass its last quarter phase so I can catch some of the mid-July activity. Unfortunately our area has been plagued by clouds so I had to wait until this morning to finally get a peak at the meteor activity. The sky was mediocre and very hazy, especially in the west toward San Diego. I decided to face southward to catch some of the early activity in that part of
Dear meteor observers,

I was having a look at the 2017 IMO Meteor Shower Calendar, and especially looking for activity prospects for the 2017 Perseids maximum, and I read that the forecast ZHR for the Perseid activity peak was 150...
As I do not think any activity enhancement is predicted, I wa sthus wondering why the predicted maximum ZHR was so high for 2017. Does anyone have an explanat
recent by Robert Lunsford (admin)  ·  Jul 24 '17 at 6:30 am
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