Application of commercial off the shelf equipment in meteor astronomy

Author/s: William Ward, PhD
Availability: Open Access
Type: Thesis
Year: 2017
Category: Science
Institution: University of Glasgow

Abstract: This explanatory essay discusses the rationale, methods and observational results using modern commercial, off the shelf (COTS) equipment in meteor astronomy. Much of the work is directed at developing spectroscopic observations and combining multi station observations to provide both orbital and compositional information about meteoroids. Papers are presented illustrating examples of the observations made and the significance of the results is discussed. COTS equipment is used primarily due to the reduced unit cost of such items. The cost of a typical system as used in this work, is in the region of £1000 for the camera, lens and grating (at time of writing).

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