Electro-Optical Observations

The Canadian Automated Meteor Observatory



To better measure the faint meteor population in the optical wavelength range on a regular basis, the Canadian Automated Meteor Observatory (CAMO) has been constructed. Begun in 2005, the system is now fully functional with final engineering tests remaining on only one of the sub-systems of CAMO.

CAMO consists of two automated observatories separated by a baseline of 50 km each of which contains two distinct fixed camera systems. The observatory is a basic roll-off roof-type structure under fully autonomous control. The two sites are Elginfield, Ontario (shown below)


and a second site co-located with the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR) near Tavistock, Ontario

The sheds have sensors for detecting outside light levels, clouds, rain, and winds.

Use the right menu to find more details of the camera systems.