AS-1 Seismometer: Set up and troubleshooting

This group of short animations walk you through the steps to properly set up an AS-1 seismometer. The AmaSeis Manual is also an optional resource.

Key Points:

Before getting started, read pages 1.1–1.3 in the Seismology Instruction with AmaSeis MANUAL. Each video covers information in the manual on the following pages:

  • The Parts: page 2.1
  • Setting up: points 1–5 on page 2.2 and point 11 on page 2.4 
  • Leveling the boompoint 6, 7, and 10 on page 2.2–2.3 
  • Adjusting the damper: page 2.3
  • Cover It:  point 16 on pgs. 2-4 
  • How to install AmaSeis: p. 3.1
  • Latitude, longitude, & Calibration: pgs. 3 3.2–3.8 
  • Setting the clock: the importance of time described on p. 3.1; software on p. 3.2
  • EXTRACT & Save, extracting a seismogram: Described in the PDF document,Extract & Save in a nutshell,. Also, it is described in more detail in sections 4 and 5 of the manual.
  • EXTRACT & Save, saving a seismogram: see previous description

AS-1 Classroom Seismometer: Troubleshooting

This short tutorial covers common set-up errors for the AS-1 seismograph station.

This is what you watch AFTER setting up your seismometer according to instructions in the manual or in the group of AS-1 videos on how to set up, calibrate, and use the AS-1 seismometer.

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 01, The parts

John Lahr describes the parts needed to set up the AS1 Seismograph. (Video 1 of 12)

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 02, Setting it up

AS-1 Seismometer: Setting it up  [2/11 videos]

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 03, Leveling the boom arm

John Lahr describes how to use the AS1 Seismograph. (Video 3 of 12)

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 04, Setting the damper

John Lahr describes how to use the AS1 Seismograph. (Video 4 of 12)

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 05, Damper difficulties

John Lahr describes how to use the AS1 Seismograph. (Video 5 of 12)

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 06, Put a cover on it

John Lahr describes how to use the AS1 Seismograph. (Video 6 of 12)

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 07, Install AmaSeis software

John Lahr describes how to install AmaSeis software for the AS1 Seismograph. (Video 8 of 12)

You can find the free software on the IRIS Software link or go to:

http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~ajones/ - AmaSeis

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 08, Set your latitude and longitude

John Lahr describes how to set the latitude and longitude once you have the AmaSeis software installed. (Video 7 of 12)

Use Google Earth to find your exact latitude and longitude to put the data in AmaSeis

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 09, Setting the time

The exact time is very important to being able to find, extract, and save an earthquake. Set time every week, or download a freeware program for that purpose. The Amaseis Manual describes it on page 3.1-3/2   (Video 9 of 12)

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 10, Extract and Save, Part 1

John Lahr describes how to extract and save a seismogram and related data using AmaSeis software. (Video 10 of 12)

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AS-1 Seismometer: Step 11, Extract and Save, Part 2

John Lahr describes how to extract and save a seismogram and related data using AmaSeis software. (Video 11 of 12)

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