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September 02, 2016, 12:13:36 PM

Matt Wilkinson

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On telescope camera for plane spotting
« on: September 02, 2016, 12:13:36 PM »
Who uses an optical camera system to detect aircraft around the laser pointing direction? We are interested in perhaps trialling such a system at Herstmonceux.  Are the aircraft always identifiable in the images? What method do you use for detection? Can it work at night?

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Matt

January 17, 2017, 07:56:17 PMReply #1

kalvis

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Re: On telescope camera for plane spotting
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 07:56:17 PM »
We are using Mintron CCTV attached to telescope,  approx 2x4 deg FOV, plane navigation lights are visible in night.   

January 31, 2017, 12:20:20 PMReply #2

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Re: On telescope camera for plane spotting
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2017, 12:20:20 PM »
Hi Kalvis

That's quite a narrow FOV.  We are wondering here @Hx what would be the best approach, either to use a wider image to spot approaching planes and take action when necessary or to have a narrower field to immediately shutoff when any plane like object appears in the frame (perhaps using a comparison to an earlier frame).

We've not tested our camera at night yet.

Matt

September 14, 2017, 07:01:31 PMReply #3

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Re: On telescope camera for plane spotting
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017, 07:01:31 PM »
In our experience FOV is  sufficient  to have  a time to manually use safety switch to block outgoing laser beam. From the other hand - plane entering FOV of camera is a quite rare event for our system and location.