Standard Meteor Analysis

UFO Cameras

  • At the start of each month, I load the previous month’s data into UFOAnalyser.
  • I delete any 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.
  • Finally, i click the >Mcsv and >Rxml buttons to save the results. which i put in the folder containing the clips for the month I am analysing.
  • Once i have a full month of data, I upload the CSV and XML files to the UKMON archive

Pi Cameras

  • This needs to be done quite regularly as RMS will purge older folders off the pi
  • Run RMS Binviewer on my PC
  • Open the latest unprocessed ArchivedFiles folder directly from the Pi
  • 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, open the corresponding folder in ConfirmedFiles
  • Select each file, 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 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.
  • I repeat this entire workflow for the NEXT unprocessed folder in ArchivedFiles.
  • Each night i copy all the ConfirmedFiles folders to my PC, and then send the csv files to the UKMON archive.