Asteroid 1999 CK46 Passing the Sombrero Galaxy - Adam Lundie - Eatons Hill Observatory

Asteroid 1999 CK46 Passing the Sombrero Galaxy

31-Mar-2016
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Asteroid 1999 CK46 Passing the Sombrero Galaxy
While looking through the data captured of the Sombrero Galaxy, I discovered an object slowly moving through the field of view. I have identified the object as main belt asteroid 1999 CK46, magnitude 17.4.

Orbit:
orbit

Image:

  • 29x 240s Luminance bin2x2 + 25 flat + 40x dark + 120x bias

Total exposure time: 2 hours 34 minutes.

Hardware:

  • Celestron EdgeHD 1100
  • Skywatcher EQ8 Pro mount
  • QSI 683-ws Camera @ -15C
  • Astronomik Type 2c luminance filter
  • Orion StarShoot Autoguider
  • Innovations Foresight On Axis Guider
  • Starlight Xpress Adaptive Optics

Location:

  • Orange zone in Brisbane, Australia. (Bortle 7)
  • Average seeing + 60% moon phase (waning gibbous).

Software:

  • Captured with AstroArt 6
  • Guiding with PHD2 + PHD_Dither
  • CCDInspector: Image analysis & rejection
  • CCDStack 2+: Calibrate, align, normalize.
  • Astro Tortilla: Plate solving.
  • Aladin 9: Planning, astrometry.
  • Photoshop CC: Labels, crosshair, animation.

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