Geminids 1996: an overview
DMS-members observing the Geminids 1996
Meteorobservers in the Netherlands are very proud to have experienced a fully clear sky over the entire country just during the maximum of the famous Geminid meteorstream! We have suffered for a whole week under misty, cloudcovered conditions without having much chance to see the sun or even to see the starry sky for a moment. Just in time at the beginning of the evening of friday December 13 the clouds disappeared alltogether and dry clean polar airmasses conquered the country within a few hours. Team Delphinus in the center of the Netherlands started their observations around 19 UT and team Pisces Orientalis at the German border only a little hour afterwards. Nearly all observers in the Netherlands could keep on observing under almost excellent skies till twilight.
- Team Delphinus at Biddinghuizen consisting of: Marco Langbroek, Koen Miskotte and Jos Nijland as visual observers and Casper ter Kuile dealing with photography and the image intensified videosystem.
- Team Pisces Orientalis at Varsseveld consisting of: Hans Betlem dealing with photography and the image intensified video system and Annemarie Zoete, Guus Docters van Leeuwen, Olga van Mil, Jeffrey Landlust and others as visual observers.
- Jaap van 't Leven at Bosschenhoofd as visual observer and also dealing with the photography.
- Marc de Lignie at Leidschendam as image intensified video-observer
- Carl Johannink at the Public Observatory at Lattrop as visual observer
- Klaas Jobse at Oostkapelle as photographer
- Robert Haas at Alphen aan de Rijn as photographer
- Jos Nijland at Benningbroek operating the all-sky camera.
- Mr. Boonstra at Buinen as image intensified video-observer
- Erwin van Ballegoij at Haarlem as visual observer
- Frans Frenken at Zeeland as visual and photographic observer
- Team WGM at Public observatory Halley dealing with visual and photographic observations
- Many other observers from which we at this moment have no data yet
Thanks to the all clear night we were able to observe the Geminids in full! In what follows we present a very first indication of the order of magnitude of observational results regarding visual, photographic and image intensified video:
- Visual: It is expected that the visual observers have observed many thousands of Geminids and other meteors. A very early indication is the 1037 meteors which Koen Miskotte observed and the 1257 meteors which Marco Langbroek observed from Biddinghuizen!
- Photographic: Team Delphinus, team Pisces Orientalis and Jaap van 't Leven all operated about 20 camera's at their location during at least 10 hours of operating time. It is expected that every station has photographed about 100 to 200 meteors of which about 50 to 100 will be multistation.
- Image intensified video: Team Delphinus, team Pisces Orientalis and Marc de Lignie operated image intensified video systems for about 9 hours of operating time. It is expected these systems each have captured about 200 meteors on videotape of which a large number will be multistation.
The Geminids 1996 have been a splendid succes to all observers in Holland. This famous Geminid observing campaign is sure to rank sky-high in the DMS historybooks!
Please go back to the Geminid '96 index page to consult the appropriate pages to learn of the observational results of all the active DMS-observers. Scan these pages frequently as they will be updated whenever new results become available!
|This page was last modified on January 23, 1997 by
Casper ter Kuile and Hans Betlem