22 November, 2016


Sky is partly cloudy and the haze is all over. Just opened the roof of the observatory.


Adjusted some wired. Checked the water reservoir.


Started taking dark frames of 600 seconds.

Waiting for my target asteroids to move up in the sky where they can be imaged.


Me and my memory.. I thought i am taking darks and just noticed, i had yet to push the button! Precious time has been wasted.


Sky is so terribly bad! I could barely see one of the brightest star Capella. Still trying to get any image of an asteroid.


78 images are in.. more are coming.. Asteroid 468 Lina is looking alright.


Tried other asteroids but the stars in their field of view are too dim and no astrometry is possible for these rocks. Sticking by the same asteroid.

114 minutes of continuous tracking of this asteroid.


468 Lina has crossed the meridian line. Next target Asteroid 648 Pippa is at 54 degrees altitude and in a good amount of surrounding stars in the FOV with a nice star in my guiding chip. Pyxis Rotator angle is 22 degrees.

Refocused the telescope, slewed back to the asteroid, autoguiding started at 0.6 Hz, exposure for the main chip is set to 60 seconds, made the appropriate folders and imaging has started.


Posted an animation of 468 Lina on the blog. With this sky conditions, no photometry will be wise. Astrometry is the only way to go in my opinion.

Observatory is closed now. Moon is all blurred in the sky right now.