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Easy Video Instructions

Setup Camera: Set camera focus to manual at infinity and brightness control to manual, turn off digital zoom.

Focus Camera: Zoom in to full optical zoom on a bright star and adjust the focus until it is a small pinpoint of light. Leave the zoom in full optical zoom.

Look at calibration sources: In full zoom, film some of the brighter stars and the Moon in the sky. Make a record on tape. This video will later be used to determine how sensitive your camera is.

Point Camera: Use the map or a finder chart near your location to determine where the SRC will first be visible and point your camera in that direction.

Video SRC “Meteor”: As soon as you see the SRC in the camera, follow the SRC for as long as possible. Use a tripod and video head to minimize vibration.

Record your location: i.e. 1234 Main Street, Elko, Nv 12345.

Addition Steps to help Make Video More Useful to Scientists

Calibrate Camera Time: Set your watch by calling local time number and filming about 10 seconds of the watch, film the screen of a GPS receiver showing time right before or after the pass without stopping the video, or if you have a shortwave radio set it to WWV (5, 10, 15, 20 MHz) and record the sound while taping the SRC pass.

Calibrate Camera Sensitivity: Take a several seconds of video of planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars and several bright stars such as Spica (a Vir), Sirius (a Cma), Procyon (a CMi), Arcturus (a Boo) and the Moon before or after the SRC passes by from near you location with the camera configured the same as as the SRC video. Use the camera microphone to document which object is being recorder. Websites such as Heavens-Above can provide full sky starcharts for your location showing the stars an planets.

Record your location: Save a waypoint (latitude, longitude and altitude) using a GPS receiver