Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 108, Issue 1, pp 69–76 | Cite as

Automatic Video System for Continues Monitoring of the Meteor Activity

  • Pavel Koten
  • Karel Fliegel
  • Stanislav Vítek
  • Petr Páta


In this paper we present current progress in development of new observational instruments for the double station video experiment. The Meteor Automatic Imager and Analyser (MAIA) system is based on digital monochrome camera JAI CM-040 and well proved image intensifier XX1332. Both the observations as well as the data processing will be fully automatic. We are expecting the recorded data of better quality and both spatial and time resolution in comparison with currently used analogue system. The main goal of the MAIA project is to monitor activity of the meteor showers and sporadic meteor each night for the period of at least 3 years. First version of the system was already assembled and has been intensively tested in the optical laboratory. Optical properties were measured and the result confirmed our expectations according to image quality and resolution. First night sky observation was already carried out.


Meteor Meteor showers Instrumentation Automatic observations 



This project is supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic projects no. 205/09/1302 and P102/10/1320 and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic project no. MSM 6840770014. We thank to Mr. J. Bruna for his help with the design and manufacturing of the mechanical components of the system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavel Koten
    • 1
  • Karel Fliegel
    • 2
  • Stanislav Vítek
    • 2
  • Petr Páta
    • 2
  1. 1.Astronomical InstituteOndřejovCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Electrical EngineeringCzech Technical University in PraguePragueCzech Republic

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