3 The CAMS BeNeLux team

The CAMS BeNeLux team consists of a small group of amateurs who work together without any formal structure. Contrary to many other domains in amateur astronomy, the CAMS project is not suitable for occasional observations. Although everyone runs the cameras as often as possible and reports the data without any postponing, it remains volunteers work and most stations have a number no activity nights during holidays or for other reasons. The CAMS team is a dynamic team with a lot of enthusiasm and a strong motivation. Participation in a camera network such as CAMS requires a good team spirit and the awareness that other participants depend on the availability of each one’s cameras. All participants receive regularly feedback and overviews of the status of the collected data with preliminary results. The frequent feedback provided by the CAMS operators definitely accounts for the motivation and dedication displayed by the whole team.

Figure 4 – The CAMS meeting 12 November 2014 in Heesch, the Netherlands.

New participants are very welcome. Previous experience with meteor work is helpful but not required. Participating in CAMS can be best compared with operating a weather station. It requires a little bit of your time on a daily basis. Experienced CAMS operators are ready to help new volunteers.

If you wish to join the CAMS BeNeLux network, contact one of the network coordinators:

  • Carl Johannink: c.johannink at t-online.de
  • Martin Breukers: camsnederland at ziggo.nl

If you need the latest version of the CAMS software or if you wish to use Auto-CAMS then contact:

  • Steve Rau: steve.rau at telenet.be

If you consider installing cameras and need to know the recommended aiming points from your location, then contact:

  • Paul Roggemans: paul.roggemans at gmail.com

Figure 5 – CAMS meeting 5 June 2016, CAMS-day at Egmond with from left to right: Denis Vida (Croatia, developer Binviewer), Adriana en Paul Roggemans, Martin Breukers, Pete Gural (developer CAMS software), Robert Haas, Piet Neels, Stijn Calders, Marc Neijts, Tim Polfliet, Peter Jenniskens (global CAMS coordinator), Hans Betlem, Jean-Marie Biets, Klaas Jobse, Carl Johannink, Jos Nijland, Felix Bettonvil and Erwin van Ballegoij.


Figure 6 – CAMS-meeting group photo 12 March 2017: from left to right: Erwin van Ballegoij, Luc Gobin, Jean-Marie Biets, Klaas Jobse, Hans Betlem, Jos Nijland, Carl Johannink, Robert Haas, Sylvia Los, Adriana Roggemans, Martin Breukers, Paul Roggemans, Felix Bettonvil, Piet Neels and Koen Miskotte (photo Carl Johannink).


Figure 7 The CAMS team with the camera operators present at the CAMS day 11 March 2018. From Left to right: Paul Roggemans and Adriana Roggemans (Mechelen, 383, 384, 388, 389, 399 and 809), Ian Rau, Robert Haas (Alphen aan de Rijn, 3160, 3161, 3162, 3163, 3164, 3165, 3166 and 3167; Burlage, 801, 802, 821 and 822; Texel, 811, 812, 813 and 814). Tim Polfliet (Gent, 396), Steve Rau (Zillebeke, 3151 and 3152), Luc Gobin (Mechelen, 390, 391, 807 and 808), Carl Johannink (Gronau, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317 and 318), Piet Neels (Ooltgenplaat, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 349 and 840; Terschelling, 841, 842, 843 and 844), Hans Betlem (Leiden, 371, 372 and 373), Erwin van Ballegoij (Heesch, 347 and 348), Jos Nijland (Benningbroek, 358 and 359), Jean-Marie Biets (Wilderen, 380, 381 and 382), Martin Breukers (Hengelo, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327) and Koen Miskotte (Ermelo, 351, 352, 353 and 354).
Not in this picture: Felix Bettonvil (Utrecht, 376 and 377), Bart Dessoy (Zoersel, 397, 398, 804, 805 and 806), Franky Dubois (Langemark, 386), Jean-Paul Dumoulin & Christian Wanlin (Grapfontaine, 814 and 815), Klaas Jobse (Oostkapelle, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 337, 338 and 339), Hervé Lamy (Dourbes, 394 and 395; Humain, 816, Ukkel, 393) and Hans Schremmer (Niederkruechten, 803) (Photo Carl Johannink).