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2016-02-28 22:24:44 UT: bright sporadic meteor

CAMS BeneluxPosted by Koen Miskotte Mon, February 29, 2016 11:24:49

In the afternoon of Februari 28, 2016 it seemed that middle NL would be conquered by a thick layer of cirrus moving in from the southsoutheast. But in the evening the cirrus comes to a standstill over Ermelo. I wanted to observe from the Groevenbeekse heath, but decided to stay at home so that I can observe to the north. However, around 20 UT I noticed that the remaining cirrus was dissolving quickly. So I took of to the heath. Once there, there is still some cirrus in southeasterly direction, but it was very thin.
I started the session at 21:22 and at 21:24:44 UT I observed the best meteor of this session and year! A very nice and slow magnitide -2 sporadic meteor moved from below Castor and Pollux through Cancer and then to the sickle of Leo. Duration 2 to 3 seconds. Very beautiful with a yellowish color and a short wake. The meteor showed no flares and extinguished slowly. The finest meteor of this year and the last part of the track was captured with my CAMS 351 camera. That must be simultaneous. The all sky camera also captured the meteor, but marginally. See the combination picture In total I observed during 2h44m effective time 15 meteors of which 4 were Antihelions.

Later that night CAMS 352 recorded a slow and long meteor near the "head" of Draco.

Picture 1. Combination of two pictures taken with my all sky camera (above) and CAMS 351 camera.

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Sigma 4.5 mm F2.8 EX DC Circulair fish eye
Timer Controller: Canon TC80N3
Exposure time: 89s
Interval: 1 s
ISO: 400
F: 4,0
Date: 28-02-2016
Period UT: 21:23:30-21:34:59
Time UT: 21:24:44
Classification: SPO
Constellation: GEN->CNC->LEO
Brightness: -2

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