SonotaCo UFO Detect software supports a range of analog and affordable CCTV cameras.
The type of camera required for video meteor observation is a video camera producing a composite video output. The cameras are similar to standard CCTV cameras and are relatively low resolution. High resolution recording is possible and will produce media-quality images but you will find the equipment costs to be far greater and you will need a more powerful PC to cope with the data stream. One of the most widely used cameras is the Watec 902 which is available with 1/2” and 1/3” format sensors and a resolution of 752 x 582.
There are other video cameras that work just as well and which are available for a fraction of the cost. A new Watec 902 will cost around £280 whereas UKMON has sourced factory-modified video cameras (IR filters removed) for around £70. Granted, the Watec can deliver more visually appealing images but you will find that some budget cameras are capable deliver meteor data of equal quality.
The KDM-6101G which UKMON has sourced directly from an overseas manufacturer is used by an increasing number of UKMON members. This camera has a 1/3” sensor with standard 700TVL (752 x 582 resolution in UFO Capture). It is physically larger than the Watec and may need a larger enclosure!
Once you have installed your camera in its enclosure, its onboard controller will need to be configured. Guidance for setting up these cameras is available on our website: