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Showing posts with label (TEL T17). Show all posts

Aug 19, 2018

Helping With The Confirmation of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23

On 2018-08-13 I check the NEO Confirmation Page(NEOCP) and  an object clalled ZTF00Th.
Orbit diagram for 2018 PO23
(view 1)
2018-08-13 12:35 UTC
Earth Distance: 0.723 au
Sun Distance: 1.691 au
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018PO23
Orbit diagram for 2018 PO23
(view 2)
2018-08-13 12:35 UTC
Earth Distance: 0.723 au
Sun Distance: 1.691 au
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018PO23
Orbit diagram for 2018 PO23
(view 3)
2018-08-13 12:35 UTC
Earth Distance: 0.723 au
Sun Distance: 1.691 au
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018PO23

I was able to obtain a  set of  4-60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (T30) and a set 12-60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (T30). I use Astrometrica to do the data reduction by way of the stack and track method. I had Astrometrica stack 3 sets(stacks) of 3 images.  Each image was shifted match movement of ZTF00Th.
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-13 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 4-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-13 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 4-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-13 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 4-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-13 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 4-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
By Steven M. Tilley
Then I  submitted this batch of  4 observation to the Minor Planet Center.
About 14 hours later I  obtain a  set of  60-60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's(T11) I had Astrometrica stack 3 stacks of 15 images ( note a star keep me from having  4 stacks of 15 images)
 
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from from Mayhill,
New Mexico [New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06)
 a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from from Mayhill,
New Mexico [New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06)
 a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from from Mayhill,
New Mexico [New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06)
 a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11)
By Steven M. Tilley
Then I  submitted this batch of  3 observation to the Minor Planet Center.
After another ten  hours I  obtain a  set of  60-60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's(T17) I had Astrometrica stack 3 stacks of 15 images ( note the first 9 images where on the "wrong" side of the meridian flip)
 A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
Then I  submitted this batch of 3  observation to the Minor Planet Center.

After 110 observations,  collectively made from 27 observatories from around the world, at Aug. 16.90, 2018 the Minor Planet Center gave  ZTF00Th. the provisional designation 2018 PO23 and removed it form the NEOCP.

Aug 17, 2018

The Comet 46P/Wirtanen on 2018-08-16

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The Comet 46P/Wirtanen on 2018-08-16
from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15 - 60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley

The Comet 46P/Wirtanen on 2018-08-16
from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15 - 60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley

The Comet 46P/Wirtanen on 2018-08-16
from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15 - 60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley

The Comet 46P/Wirtanen on 2018-08-16
from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 45 - 60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley

The Comet 46P/Wirtanen on 2018-08-16
from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack(Average) of 45 - 60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
The Comet 46P/Wirtanen on 2018-08-16
from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack(Median) of 45 - 60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley

Orbit diagram for Comet 46P/Wirtanen
2018-08-16 15:40 UTC
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?ID=c00046_0

Orbit diagram for Comet 46P/Wirtanen
2018-12-16 13:00 UTC
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?ID=c00046_0

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Aug 6, 2018

The Asteroid 2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)] on 2018-08-04

The Asteroid 2018 KE3 is an Amor (a Near-Earth asteroids whose orbits approach but does NOT cross Earth's orbit) with an estimated diameter of  400 M to 900 M(1312.34 Foot to 2952.76 Foot)  its MOID (Minimum orbit intersection distance) is 0.213016 AU(82.9 Lunar Distance (LD))

On 2018-08-04 I was able to obtain 40-60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD).

The Asteroid 2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)]
on 2018-08-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW,  Australia. (MPC Q62)
 a stack of 40-60 second  luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
[tracking  on stars]
By Steven M. Tilley
The Asteroid 2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)]
on 2018-08-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW,  Australia. (MPC Q62)
 a stack of 40-60 second  luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
[tracking  on stars]
By Steven M. Tilley
The Asteroid 2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)]
on 2018-08-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW,  Australia. (MPC Q62)
 a stack of 40-60 second  luminance BIN2
images taken with  iTelescope.net's
 (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
 [tracking  on asteroid]
By Steven M. Tilley

Asteroid Orbit diagram
for 2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)]
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018KE3

I use Astrometrica to do the data reduction by way of the stack and track method. I had Astrometrica stack 4 sets(stacks) of ten images. Each image was shifted match movement of 2018 KE3.
The Asteroid  2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)]
on 2018-08-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW,   Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 10-60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
[tracking  on asteroid]
By Steven M. Tilley

The Asteroid  2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)]
on 2018-08-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW,   Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 10-60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
[tracking  on asteroid]
By Steven M. Tilley
The Asteroid  2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)]
on 2018-08-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW,   Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 10-60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
[tracking  on asteroid]
By Steven M. Tilley
The Asteroid  2018 KE3 [NEO(Amor)]
on 2018-08-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW,   Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 10-60 second luminance BIN2
images taken with iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
[tracking  on asteroid]
By Steven M. Tilley
I submitted four observations of  2018 KE3 to the The Minor Planet Center(MPC) in  the "new" "Astrometry Data Exchange Standard (ADES)"  format [PSV -"Pipe Separated Values"]

On 2018-08-05 the MPC published "MPEC 2018-P10 : DAILY ORBIT UPDATE (2018 AUG. 5 UT)"  containing my 2018-08-04 observations. of  2018 KE3.

As more observations are made(over time) of  any given asteroid.---more accurate orbital elements can be computed (with lower uncertainties).  Here a test with  Find_Orb showing "small" improvement to the orbital elements for 2018 KE3 (before and after my 2018-08-04 2018-08-04 observations).

Find_Orb orbital elements for 2018 KE3 before my 2018-08-04 observations.
    Perihelion 2018 Aug 16.166920 +/- 0.000226 TT =  4:00:21 (JD 2458346.666920)
Epoch 2018 Mar 23.0 TT = JDT 2458200.5   Earth MOID: 0.2133   Find_Orb

M 323.12920834 +/- 0.0012           (J2000 ecliptic)
n   0.25225127241 +/- 8.32e-6       Peri.    3.43615306 +/- 0.00026
a   2.48073556073 +/- 5.45e-5       Node   321.10306305 +/- 0.00008
e   0.5058787539 +/- 9.59e-6        Incl.   10.22121421 +/- 0.00009
P   3.91                   H 19.2   G  0.15   U  4.9  
q 1.22578414642 +/- 3.25e-6    Q 3.73568697504 +/- 0.000106
From 83 observations 2018 May 25-Aug. 3; mean residual 0".26
Find_Orb orbital elements for 2018 KE3 after my 2018-08-04 observations.
   Perihelion 2018 Aug 16.167005 +/- 0.00021 TT =  4:00:29 (JD 2458346.667005)
Epoch 2018 Mar 23.0 TT = JDT 2458200.5   Earth MOID: 0.2133   Find_Orb
M 323.12863383 +/- 0.0011           (J2000 ecliptic)
n   0.25225505676 +/- 7.77e-6       Peri.    3.43628389 +/- 0.00023
a   2.48071074989 +/- 5.09e-5       Node   321.10299979 +/- 0.00007
e   0.5058744699 +/- 8.96e-6        Incl.   10.22118040 +/- 0.00009
P   3.91                   H 19.2   G  0.15   U  4.8
q 1.22578251419 +/- 3.02e-6    Q 3.73563898558 +/- 9.89e-5
From 87 observations 2018 May 25-Aug. 4; mean residual 0".26
If one would  to keep their eye JPL Small-Body Databas day afer day they see this 
"improvement" of  orbital elements and  lower uncertainties as well.


Screenshot of  JPL's Orbital Elements for 2018 KE3 before my 2018-08-04 observations. 
 Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018KE3
Screenshot of  JPL's Orbital Elements for 2018 KE3 after my 2018-08-04 observations. 
Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018KE3

Jul 5, 2018

The asteroid 2018 MR8 [NEOCP P10I7IV] on 2018-07-04

The asteroid 2018 MR8[NEOCP P10I7IV](Classification: Aten [NEO])
on 2018-07-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 13-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
The asteroid 2018 MR8[NEOCP P10I7IV](Classification: Aten [NEO])
on 2018-07-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 13-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
The asteroid 2018 MR8[NEOCP P10I7IV](Classification: Aten [NEO])
on 2018-07-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 13-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
The asteroid 2018 MR8[NEOCP P10I7IV](Classification: Aten [NEO])
on 2018-07-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 13-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Orbit Diagram for
The asteroid 2018 MR8(2018-07-04 14:00)
see https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018MR8
Background
(as of 2018-07-04)
.

Mar 19, 2018

Confirmation of the NEO 2018 FC1

The NEOCP object ZF278E4(now the NEO 2018 FC1) on 2018-03-19
a stack of 20-30 second luminance BIN2 images taken with
 
iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
 at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia
(MPC code Q62) 

By Steven M. Tilley
The NEOCP object ZF278E4(now the NEO 2018 FC1) on 2018-03-19
a stack of 20-30 second luminance BIN2 images taken with
 
iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
 at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia
(MPC code Q62) 

By Steven M. Tilley
The NEOCP object ZF278E4(now the NEO 2018 FC1) on 2018-03-19
a stack of 20-30 second luminance BIN2 images taken with
 
iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
 at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia
(MPC code Q62) 

By Steven M. Tilley
 Background
(as of 2018-02-19)
  • Object: 2018 FC1
  • Orbit Type: Amor [NEO]
  • Approximate Diameter: 120 m - 260 m (393.701 feet to 853.018 feet) (Absolute Magnitude: H= 21.766)
  • On the Sentry Risk Table: NO
  • On the NEODyS CLOMON2 risk page: NO 
  • Discovery observation was made on: 2018 03 17.33572
  • Discovery observation was made by Catalina Sky Survey (MPC Code 703) The Discovery M.P.E.C.:MPEC 2018-F40 : 2018 FC1
  • Last Observation (publish): 2018 03 19.53148 (at iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring,  Australia (MPC Code Q62) )
  • Data-Arc Span (publish): 2 days 
  • Number of Optical Observations(published):42
  • Observatories Reporting (Published) Observations(MPC Code):
    • (033) Karl Schwarzschild Observatory, Tautenburg, Germany.
    • (474) Mount John Observatory, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.
    • (703) Catalina Sky Survey, US/Arizona.
    • (734) Farpoint Observatory, Eskridge, US/Kansas.
    • (807) Cerro Tololo Observatory, La Serena, Chile.
    • (E23) Arcadia, Australia/NSW.
    • (I52) Steward Observatory, Mt. Lemmon Station, US/Arizona.
    • (Q62) iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring,  Australia/NSW. 
  • Perihelion Distance:1.106589693409455(AU)
  • Aphelion Distance: 2.130212399099761(AU)
  • Earth MOID (Earth center to NEO center): 0.19123 AU (( 74.421 LD)), (4490.28 Earth radii) or  17775939 miles (  (28607600 KM))
  • Next Close-Approach to Earth:  Will safely pass Earth on 2018-Mar-30 at a 
    • Minimum Distance(Earth center to NEO center) of 0.192881774004264 (AU) (75.064 (LD)), (4,516.07 Earth radii) or  17,878,004 miles ( (28,854,702 KM)) 
    • Nominal Distance(Earth center to NEO center) of 0.196815739374881(AU) ( 76.595 (LD)), ( 4,621.44 Earth radii) or 18,295,166 miles (29,443,216 (KM))
    • Maximum Distance(Earth center to NEO center) of 0.20074975749401 (AU) ( 78.126 (LD)), ( 4,713.82 Earth radii) or  18,660,856 miles (30,031,736 (KM))   

Oct 10, 2016

Confirmation of the Near-Earth Object 2016 TJ17

Confirmation image of the Near-Earth Object 2016 TJ17 (absolute magnitude =25.4 ~28m) 
on 2016-10-08 a stack of 9-60 second luminance BIN2 taken 
with iTelescope.net's (T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD) 
at Observatory: Siding Spring - Australia (MPC code Q62)
By Steven M. Tilley

 


 Background

(as of 2016-10-09)
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