We describe the Teide Imaging MEteor System (TIMES), a fully automatic experiment consisting of two fixed image-intensified video cameras which are operated from Teide Observatory (Tenerife, Spain). A second station equipped with an identical system is located in Maspalomas (Gran Canaria, Spain). TIMES has been designed to work with the MetRec detection software for efficient video observations of meteors with a minimum of human interaction. The system will be used to monitor the shower and sporadic meteor activity for at least three years. In addition, double-station observations will be made on every clear night for orbital calculations and light curve analyses. We also present preliminary results on the 2001 Leonid storm observed by TIMES during the scientific mission organized by the Institute de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain). Double-station observations were carried out in Central Australia from 16 to 18 November 2001. In this contribution we concentrate on the night of maximum activity and construct the activity curve and magnitude distribution of the Leonid meteors detected by our video system in the interval from 18 to 19 UT, 18 November 2001.
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|European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
|Published - Jul 2002