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T11 Science Spot 

 Pete Lake - iTelescope Affiliate

All, welcome to my little corner of the iTelescope.net Website, where I will be posting a little astro action and activities from my AARTScope Blog as well. Due to my association with iTelescope and through my blog, the Hubble Space telescope and ESO now follow me on twitter.

I regularly chase asteroids and work with Variable star observers so I'll keep you up to date on my activities.

Astronomy is a pursuit where everyone is so helpful and eager to share their knowledge, with the internet and a growing population of iTelescope.net users, its a great scene to be a part of. 

My AARTScope blog is where I do most of my writing and occasionally host the Carnival of Space. AARTScope's mission is to "help create the sense of anticipation and discovery that keeps scientists asking questions".

AARTScope is quite deliberately a blend of Art and Science which highlights the full capabilities of T-011, as its great for the best of astrophotography and has already done some stellar science (if you pardon the pun).

Some of my most popular articles have been the Hyabusa Re-entry live blogging session where over 300 visitors from Asia and around the world joined the live blogging session. Recently I also did a great article for the ESO on Paranal and the visit of the world's first electric supercar.

I have also done a couple of interviews on Astronomy.FM including one on Photometry as a cloud service. Yep you read that correctly, iTelescope.net is certainly on the cutting edge.

 


Friday
Aug302013

Atlanta Star Party!

Tonight I participated in the Atlanta Star Party a side event on the eve of DragonCon in Atlanta Georgia.

The weather was pretty bad in all locations, but we had a great night - this is a great show which wowed the live audience in the room, which was raising money for CosmoQuest.  

Enjoy!

You can also see one of Brad's images, which blew away the northern hemisphere crowd.

Thursday
Aug292013

OSIRIS-REx Update:- New finds chasing old

iTelescope's partnership with University of Arizona's OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids continues to flourish. There are some 144 amateur astronomer observers participating around the world, a good number of them are iTelescope.net users.

We are just over half way through the current quarter (July-Sept) observing list that was released by Dr Carl Hergenrother. I took a particular interest in Asteroid 2010 AF30 as it was placed about -38 degrees declination which meant it was very well placed for iTelescope's SSO site, and not reachable by northern hemisphere scopes.

 

On my 4th night collecting data (8th August) on 2013 AF30, it flew through a field with a number of known asteroids in it namely (285839) and 2009 SA302. Also in the field were 2 unknown objects. I gathered several nights of careful follow-up and now there are two new preliminary designations 2013 PJ40 and  2013 PL69.

It is always important to check your images for other objects, you may come across other asteroids for which co-ordinates are sought after, you may even stumble across a comet or new object.  

If you do come across something interesting the three initial steps I follow are:

1) Update the MPCORB database (before each Astrometrica session). Note: it pays to close and reopen Astrometrica after you have downloaded the database, before using the known object overlay, just to make sure you are using the latest data and epoch.

2) Take your measured co-ordinates and enter them in the MP Checker tool , or NEO Checker on MPC and any known nearby objects will be listed.

3) Enter your co-ordinates in the NEO Rating tool (note it WON'T be put on the Confirmation list UNLESS the Interest score is over 50. If (as in this case) its a "boring old" main belt object it will have a low interest score and you will need to follow it up yourself, keep submitting data and/or get a collegue to submit some data as well. Eventually one of the surveys will pick it up. 

The Minor Planet center is predominantly interested in close approaching objects, so if you find a main belt object they will normally just issue a designation and move on. Don't be offended if they don't issue an MPEC - its not personal ;-) 

Finally report your data to MPC in the usual way (they recommend using your own designation with a different designation each night eg PL13811 was the designation I used. (Note the PL in the 2013 PL69 designation has nothing to do with my initials its just the letter/number sequence they are currently up to).

So there is more rewards for participating in the Target Asteroids program than just being a part of a great observation mission, you might actually discover something of interest yourself.

There is no guarantee that I will hold the final first opposition designation as these objects could be linked to previous observations, may be lost and never seen again for another 4 years. I only have 7 days arc recorded so far and there is a high probability the object could be lost, given that it was picked up outbound during the full moon. That part of the sky is less often covered by the big surveys, but is regularly covered by E12, so I will be following them for a couple more weeks and hope that the surveys pick it up as well.

Finally, T30 and T31  are proving to be great telescopes for asteroid work with both of them easily reaching magnitude 20.0 in stacked images. The residuals rms of the 38 positions reported on 2013 PL69 are 0.19 arc secs. After some investigation on the MPC database, Q62 has reported 2500 asteroid positions already and 93% of the reported data has residual rms of sub 1.0 arc-sec. That is really great performance!

Keep up the great work asteroid hunters!!!!!

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