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flag Mike Koop,
California Meteor Society

Last updated: February 2007
E-mail: koopm [at]

Brief Biographical Information:

By profession an electrical engineer at Lockheed Martin, Mike Koop is an active amateur astronomer and President of the San Jose Astronomical Association (2001-2007). He received the AANC Amateur Astronomer Award from the Astronomical Association of Northern California in 2005. He has run the SJAA loaner scope program since the 1990’s. He usually does the “What’s up in the sky tonight” portion of the star parties at Houge Park in San Jose. He headed up the mirror–making workshop classes and he set up several meteor counting parties. He has served as Vice–President of both SJAA and AANC. He also led the effort to make a compendium of Ephemeris newsletters available on CD–ROM.

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Mike Koop has been involved in experiments at meteor triangulation in the Bay Area since 1994, in collaboration with Dr. Peter Jenniskens. He provides technical support and helps coordinate the observers in and near the San Francisco Bay Area when meteor observing campaigns are organised.

Research on Leonid MAC:

Technical support camera operation for imaging of meteors and low/resolution VIS/NIR spectroscopy.

Mike Koop on FISTA
Mike Koop operates intensified cameras onboard FISTA.

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