Racing Meldert shields lights

Since last summer, the local football club changed over to LED, sponsored by the community.

However the lights were unshielded. Not acceptable for an astro observatory that depends on dark skies….!

So I asked for shielding.

And since a little while the shields are installed!

It´s not a miracle solution, but it helps. I´ll still have to wait untill they switch off for any serieus imaging.

For now, lights are on only three evenings till 22hrs.

All-Sky camera part of the Europen Network for fireball detection

The All-sky camera has now been in use since June 2021, and made during it’s operation almost 3 million pictures on a permanent basis day/night.

As from today it got the designation EN904, as part of the European Network for fireball detection.

Hans Betlem performed a calibration of the camera images, so it can be used for measurements in case fireballs are detected.

Overview of the calibration image (Hans Betlem)
Test caption of Canis Major on December 30th 2022 (Hans Betlem)

The Fujinon lens combined with the ASI183MC has a lot of aberration near the horizon.

The JPG converted FIT image of December 30th, 2022. A nice winter milky way is visible.

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