The Southern Ontario All-sky Meteor Camera Network

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Abstract

We have developed an automated network of all-sky CCD video systems to detect medium–large meteoroids ablating over Southern Ontario, Canada. The system currently consists of five stations with the largest baseline being 180 km. Each site runs a video rate recorder with sufficient resolution to determine meteoroid trajectories with a typical precision of about 300 m but no worse than 1 km. The sensitivity of the camera is close to a stellar visual magnitude of +1 which allows for astrometric calibrations using field stars. Photometric procedures have also been developed and tested. The system has a limiting magnitude for meteors of about −2 with the current detection algorithm.

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