A homogeneous series of systematic observations of sky optical phenomena in the Netherlands has been gathered by the Dutch Observing Network since 1965. This continues the Dutch observation series that started at the end of the nineteenth century. A time series of ice-crystal halo frequencies from 1920 to 1996 and frequency diagrams of some specific halos the period from 1970 to 1996 are shown and discussed. Systematic observation recording by means of diaries and exchanging routines among observers are described. Methods are given for establishing and maintaining a network of volunteers that can provide, in a homogeneous time series, sky optical phenomena recordings.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 8, 1997
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 1997
Published: March 20, 1998
Peter-Paul Hattinga Verschure, "Thirty years of observing and documenting sky optical phenomena," Appl. Opt. 37, 1585-1588 (1998)