Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 2, 339–348, 2013
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 2, 339–348, 2013

Research article 23 Dec 2013

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 D. Koschny et al.
  • 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.