Standard Meteor Analysis

UFO Cameras

  • On a DAILY BASIS
    • I load the current month’s data into UFOAnalyser, by setting a suitable date range.
    • I delete any new clips containing aircraft, clouds etc using the “delete a clip” button.
    • Then I run through the analysis process to identify each meteor.
      • select the Profile/Analyse tab, then the Mask Editor tab on the right
      • select the 1st unanalysed clip
      • click “auto link” above the image to link stars
      • click adj pos all to align the star map.
      • Repeat these two steps till no more stars are linked and the system can’t improve the fit.
      • click the analyse button to check it works.
      • now select the Main tab and WITHOUT SELECTING ANY CLIP, click “analyse all”.
    • this will automatically start analysis from the clip you just aligned on
    • I then check the results of each analysis, and manually redo any i am not happy with.
  • On a MONTHLY BASIS
    • During the first week of each month I load the previous month’s data by setting a date range, then click the >Mcsv and >Rxml buttons to save the results in the folder containing the clips for that month.
    • I upload the CSV and XML files to the UKMON archive using the UKMOnArchiver programme

Pi Cameras

  • On a DAILY BASIS
    • Its critical to do this at least weekly – firstly otherwise it becomes very time consuming but critically, the PI purges older data even if not analysed, to save diskspace.
    • I run CMN Binviewer on my PC
    • I open the latest unprocessed ArchivedFiles folder directly from the Pi
      (eg \\mypi\rms_share\ArchivedFiles\CA0001_20200101_212323…)
    • I select “confirm/start” from the menu and follow instructions to confirm meteors and reject other objects. There may be some frames where the meteor was missed due to an aircraft – include these as confirmations so you can manually process them later.
    • When finished Confirming, I open the corresponding folder in ConfirmedFiles
    • I select each clip, click the Detected radiobutton, then save a jpg and gif version. If the meteor was missed then you may need to adjust the frames that are saved by the GIF version.
    • I also run a script on my Pi that runs several scripts to generate UFO-compatible data, the shower map, and a stack of the night’s captures:
      • python -m Utils.RMS2UFO $ftpfil $platepar
      • python -m Utils.ShowerAssociation $ftpfil –hideplot
      • python -m Utils.StackFFs $targ jpg -s -x

        $ftpfil is the FTPDetect file in the ConfirmedFiles folder, and $platepar is the platepar file. $targ is the folder containing the files.
        The script must be run from the ~/RMS/source folder so that it finds the Python modules.
        Also if you’re doing this over ssh rather than VNC, you will need to type
        export DISPLAY=:0.0
        first – some of the routines expect a GUI to be attached and will fail unless you redirect display to the Pi’s main screen.
    • If for any reason i missed a night I repeat this entire workflow for the NEXT unprocessed folder in ArchivedFiles.
    • Each night i also copy all the ConfirmedFiles folders to my PC, and then send the csv files to the UKMON archive using the UKMOnArchiver programme.