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Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 2, 339-348, 2013
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Research article
23 Dec 2013
A double-station meteor camera set-up in the Canary Islands – CILBO
D. Koschny1, F. Bettonvil2, J. Licandro3, C. v. d. Luijt1, J. Mc Auliffe4, H. Smit1, H. Svedhem1, F. de Wit1, O. Witasse1, and J. Zender1 1European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG Noordwijk ZH, the Netherlands
2Astronomical Institute Utrecht, Princetonplein 5, 3584 CC Utrecht, the Netherlands
3Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Apdo. Correos 50, C/Cuesta de San José, s/n, San Antonio, 38712 – Breña Baja (La Palma), Spain
4European Space Agency ESA/ESAC, Camino bajo del Castillo, s/n, Urbanizacion Villafranca del Castillo, Villanueva de la Cañada, 28692 Madrid, Spain
Abstract. This paper describes a double-station camera set-up in the Canary Islands, called CILBO (Canary Island Long-Baseline Observatory). Image-intensified video cameras – one camera on Tenerife and one on La Palma – monitor the same volume of the atmosphere. They are located in automated roll-off roofs. From the obtained data, the meteoroid trajectory can be computed. A second camera on Tenerife is equipped with an objective grating. For bright meteors (typically 0 mag or brighter), a spectrum is recorded which allows constraining the chemical composition of the meteor. The system is completely automated and sends the obtained data after every observation night to a central FTP server. It has been in operation for about 2 yr and the first scientific results have been produced.

Citation: Koschny, D., Bettonvil, F., Licandro, J., Luijt, C. v. d., Mc Auliffe, J., Smit, H., Svedhem, H., de Wit, F., Witasse, O., and Zender, J.: A double-station meteor camera set-up in the Canary Islands – CILBO, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 2, 339-348,, 2013.
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