Friday, May 24, 2013

Asteroid 1998 QE2, 24 May 2013

Asteroid 1998 QE2, 24 May, 5x120 second exposures stacked in ImageJ and MAX Z-project applied. R filter, iTelescope T9,Animated GIF from the 5 frames

I may be wrong in my assessment of the ability of iTelescopes to track Asteroid 1998 QE2 with automated tracking, it might be just a tad too fast at closest approach on May 31. Will try a couple of approaches over the next few days and see if I can catch its rotation period (if the Moonlight isn't too much of an issue, but closer to maximum approach I can use shorter exposures).

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