Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Astronomy, no. 60, p. 33-38 (2019)

On the possibility of using thermal vision cameras for observations of meteors and other atmospheric formations in long wave infrared

P. Kozak, PhD
L. Kozak, PhD

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 


The characteristics of the modern low-cost thermal vision cameras for possible observations of meteors and other atmospheric formations in long wave infrared spectrum range of 8-14 μm are investigated. An overview of meteor observations in non-traditional spectrum ranges: ultra-violet, near infrared, short wave, mid wave, and long wave infrared is done. A short description of the modern instruments for infrared observations is presented. By the example of a modern inexpensive model of thermal vision camera of the lower price segment there are presented results of test observations of clouds, possible atmospheric bolide tails and inversion t tracks of airplanes, meteors, and thunderstorm discharges. A short analysis of technical characteristics of the selected model, and corresponding software is given, the merits and demerits of the given type of observational instruments are analyzed as well. The conclusion for outlook of using in the future the thermal vision cameras in meteor astronomy and geophysics is done.

Key words
Мeteors, meteor atmospheric tails, video observations of meteors, observations in long wave infrared, thermal vision cameras, infrared observations of atmosphere formations, inversion tracks of airplanes

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17721/BTSNUA.2019.60.33-38