Friday, February 4, 2011

Meteor caught on video

This happens every so often. While the autoguide camera is guiding on a star, a
meteor comes along. Well, this time I was ready for it and had the recorder
queued up with my finger over the record button.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06swEgTd8R8
(Happens in the last couple seconds.)

I've even had geosynchronous satellites drift by. Well, actually, the satellite
is stationary but since the telescope is tracking the stars, they appear to
drift by. I'm actually trying to locate a geo satellite and test using it as a
collimation star.

Brings to mind another idea - have recording software running on a loop that
keeps just the previous 15 minutes or so in order to not miss the beginning of the meteor's appearance.

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