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    Posted August 13, 2010 by
    Hawley, Texas
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    Perseid meteor shower

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    Perseid Meteor Detection system


    Since I've been uploading videos of The Perseid meteor shower.


    I thought I'd send this article along to everyone viewing my Ireport page so they could see how I created my Perseid timelapses.



    I have a camera out on a tower in a weather proof housing that I can point at most of the sky via remote control.


    I just point the camera at the sky and go to bed! =)


    The camera video is fed inside to a PC running some time delay video capture software that, when it detects any motion in the video. Saves the video plus 20 seconds before and after the event to a hard drive. It then also integrates all the video frames into one image that shows the entire event.  Each night the system automaticly points the camera to a pre-programmed spot in the sky unless I over ride it and point it elsewhere. this is what I've been doing for the last couple of nights to capture the Perseids.


    The next day I look through the images and videos the system has captured and clean out all the airplanes flybys, insect flybys and other occasional non-meteor images and then combine the meteor streaks into a video using several pieces of software. Then I upload them here to Ireport!


    The system also has a GPS synchronized time overlay that is millisecond accurate for exact timings. That's the timestamp numbers you see running across the bottom. I also use the system to capture lighting and High atmosphereis lightning images (sprites).


    I just really enjoy video and high tech stuff and this system has been fun to build. I've built it all from scratch one piece at a time.

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