Rooftop Fireball Camera Installation

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DFN observatories need to be securely mounted as the images used for calibration can be captured a few hours or days (in the case of a full moon) apart from the actual fireball event. Standalone ground based installation using a stand provides the best stability, but is not always practical due to site constraints or an obscured horizon. Roof mounting can be a convenient alternative in some situations. The observatories must be pointed as close to the vertical as possible, so the incline of the roof will need to be taken into account. The observatories should be bolted into the rafters if possible, not just the roof surface, to minimise wind movements, and (possibly) movement due to thermal expansion of the roof surface.

Roof mounts can be built entirely from parts found from a hardware store. The DFN has successfully used shelving brackets, aluminium angle or square hollow section assembled with bolts and aluminium channel with modular connectors:

Mounting Pattern

The observatory has four M8 mounting bolts in a 185x185 mm square pattern.

DFNEXT and DFNSMALL mounting pattern.svg

File:DFNEXT and DFNSMALL mounting pattern (PDF format).pdf

Securing the Power Adapter

(to be completed) weatherproof box, conduit

Sheet Metal Roof Mount

depending on the results of some analysis of historical pointing stability data, we may design and upload CAD files for a bent sheet metal roof mount at some point in the future