Bernhard's comets and asteroids IAU codes: B82 Maidbronn (retired) and K87 Dettelbach Vineyard Observatory
© Copyright: Photo montage performed by Bernhard Häusler, Germany
A warm welcome to all friends of comets and minor planets!
We are living on a beautyful planet, surrounded in space from its large and small
brothers and sisters since unimaginable times.
The importance of the amateurs'
collaboration in the follow-up observation of NEOs and comets is immense
Program from September, 20 2020: (~650 measurements of NEOs in September so far)
That night my gear was
dealing with a few NEOs that were mostly spotted in 2020 and one new object
NEOCP. The whole night was
clear (best SQM
result: MPSAS 21.04 mag).
The auto-guiding telescope (LX600) and the ccd-camera (ST10-XME) are fully automatic controlled by the
programs Orchestrate and TheSky X Pro of Software Bisque over the night session.
Both the following template and the script for Orchestrate are generated by
self-written Visual Basic programs on .NET platform.
Not self-explanatory abbreviations: sq = sequence; Sec =
decimal seconds; num = number of exposures; V (on the right) = "real" Vmag (important
for comets and asteroids, not for NEOCP);
All parameters of the template are calculated for my equipment on
location K87 and based on expected
SQM results from Mag/SqArcsec 20 and weaker
within the observation slot.
Script for Orchestrate from 2020-09-20
statistics of K87 Dettelbach Vineyard Observatory )(PDF) (updated:
Actual events: September, 21 2020 - first night half
Around midnight a bright
shooting star of the Southern Piscids crossed Andromeda
© 2020-09-21 by Bernhard Haeusler, Dettelbach, Germany
2020-09-20 UT23:09, local time 01:09, taken with ZWO ASI178MC, 8mm
f/1.4 lens, 1/2.7"; SQM: MPSAS 21.03 mag, NELM 6.1 mag
The red cross marks the radiant of the Southern Piscids meteor shower, annual maximum: September 20th. Mars is in the lower left.
In this paper by P. B. Babadzhanov - I. P. Williams - G. I. Kokhirova from 2007, the connection between the September Piscids and some Near Earth objects is discussed.
Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn came together this morning with the beautiful comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE.
A moment to pause and think about the beauty and size of our universe. This morning made my face smile.
I left my telescope with its automatic scanning of the sky and drove a
few kilometers to the highest elevation nearby.
C/2020 F3 NEOWISE in Auriga, Lynx on the left. Menkalinan in Auriga is the brightest star top right.
2020-07-12 UT01:38, local time 03:38, 70mm f/3.2, Canon EOS 5D Mark II and
EF70-200mm f/2.8L ISII USM mounted on a tripod, ISO1000, SQM 19.6 mag
The wind turbines with their warning lights on the horizon are approx. 27.5 km (17 miles) away.
C/2020 F3 NEOWISE in Auriga
© 2020-07-12 by Bernhard Haeusler, Dettelbach, Germany larger image click here
2020-07-12 UT01:20, local time 03:20, 170mm f/3.2, Canon EOS 5D Mark II and
EF70-200mm f/2.8L ISII USM mounted on a tripod, ISO1250, SQM 20.1 mag
NEO Apollo 2020 MX3 will pass the Earth on July, 29 2020 in
0.02413176 AU distance ~ 3,610,060 km ~ 2,243,176 miles
Here you can see a gif animation of this small object:
© 2020-07-28 by Bernhard Haeusler, Dettelbach, Germany West left North up
66 7.3sec. exposures,
2020-07-28 UT00:09, 0.30-m f/6.15 SCT + CCD
Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is probably starting a desintegration process.
There are two dots westward the central condensation. The comet tail is looking more and more like a cigar.
Here you find a light curve of the comet on CometasObs showing a decrease of the central magnitude since March, 28 2020
In comparison an image of comet C/1999 S4 (LINEAR) during its desintegration process... and one week before
The small body passed a weak galaxy cluster in the Western edge region of constellation LEO close to the bounder of CANCER
Confirmation of a new comet published on the PCCP on July,22 2018, video of July, 25 2018
The object was published first as object A107IQ9 on the PCCP (Possible Comet Confirmation Page), first detected by T08 ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, Hawaii on July,22 2018
TEST YOUR EYES!
The comet is moving from left to right between the arrows. One loop with arrows, 3 loops without arrows, endless. One loop = 1.25 seconds.
C/2018 O1 2018-07-25 B/W © 2018-07-25 by Bernhard Haeusler, Dettelbach, Germany FOV: 21' * 12'
composed 120 30sec. exposures,
2018-07-25, 00:30 - 01:38UT, 0.30-m f/1728mm SCT + CCD
Moon: Phase 93% in 58° PA222, low Altitude < 6°
The images were recorded automatically together with five other objects using a script written with ORCHESTRATE in the night session
NEO and Amor 2018 NB on July,19 2018
20sec. exposure, 2018-07-19 UT 01:18, 12" SCT
f-5.66 + CCD ST10XME,
Animation of 100 20sec. exposures, 01:12UT - 01:54UT, 42 minutes in reality ~ 1.5 sec. in animation
NEO and Atira 2017 TF2 on October,11 2017
On the left:
2017-10-11 UT 18:41, 12" SCT
f-6.15 + CCD ST10XME,
On the right:
Animation of 57 60sec. exposures,
18:41UT - 19:13UT, 32 minutes in reality ~ 1 sec. in animation
last observed comets:
composed 31 2min. exposures,
2018-02-16 UT18:42, 0.30-m f/1646.2mm ACF-SCT + CCD
composed 33 120sec. exposures,
2018-02-06 UT22:32, 0.30-m f/2240.2mm SCT + CCD
animated 64 2min.exp, 2018-02-06 UT21:23 - 23:41; asteroid on the left side: 34286, 18.1 mag
composed 35 60sec. exposures, 2017-09-22 UT21:37, 0.30-m
f/1873.1mm SCT + CCD
composed 10 30sec. exposures, 2017-05-20 UT22:12, 0.30-m
f/1873.1mm SCT + CCD, IP: DDP low pass
composed 90 20sec. exposures,
2017-05-01 UT01:54, 0.30-m f/1875mm SCT + CCD, IP: DDP Kernel low
composed 36 2min. exposures,
2017-03-26 UT20:10, 0.30-m f/1875mm SCT + CCD,
Flash of the Satellite IRIDIUM 86, Mirror 2 on February,13 2018 with -2.5 mag
detail of 1 15 sec. exposure,
2018-02-13 UT 17:56:32, camera: ZWO ASI 178 MC Color, allsky lens: 2.5mm,
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