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Old 30-03-2007, 12:59 PM
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asteroid 2006 VV2

This asteroid is passing very close to earth over the next few days. See http://skytonight.com/observing/home/2006VV2.html
Anyone looking for it or trying to image it?
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Old 30-03-2007, 01:17 PM
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Weather permitting, I'll be giving this a go. Forecast is not too good (Brisbane) for Saturday, Sunday or Monday, but improving Tuesday when the asteroid will have passed its closest point, but be at a greater altitude in our Southern skies.

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Old 30-03-2007, 01:37 PM
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given those times, what is that translated in Austrailian speak?
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Old 30-03-2007, 01:58 PM
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The ephemeris is available at
http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/Ephem...l/K06V02V.html
I will plug it into skymap tonight when I get home to produce a local map. If you want I could then post that map but it is pretty easy to do yourself.
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Old 30-03-2007, 04:24 PM
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weather permitting I will give it a go, fairly bright so should be able to pick it up, easily enough. It goes right through the heart of Leo too.
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Old 30-03-2007, 04:38 PM
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Here is a chart from SkyTools for 1st April 2007. SkyTools is a very feature and function rich application for observation planning, charting, and logging. This example is a Naked Eye – Finder – Eyepiece Chart for my Mewlon 180.

More info at http://www.skyhound.com/cs.html

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PS - Note the almost full Moon close by!
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Old 30-03-2007, 04:49 PM
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The Binary Asteroid Survey I am part of has been monitoring this one (photometrically) for a while now. It's going to be moving quite fast to image anything (other than usuing stack and track ion very short integrations) until around 5th/6th April when at mag 12/13.

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Old 30-03-2007, 05:16 PM
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Here are a couple of my previous efforts for (4179) Toutatis and 2004 XP14; the latter was a very, very tough capture - I was incredibly lucky to record anything at, all given its speed, an obstructed horizon, the incoming dawn and approaching clouds.

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Old 30-03-2007, 06:38 PM
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Geee I hope the cloud clears before tomorrow night...
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Old 30-03-2007, 08:27 PM
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Have a look at a 3-D simulation.

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/db_s...&search=Search

ZOOM in and place Earth at the center.

Don't forget to play with the buttons and look at the different angles .
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Old 30-03-2007, 09:50 PM
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Thanks for the URL, I killed half an hour on it, very neat
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Old 30-03-2007, 10:24 PM
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I imaged toutatis in 2004. Each exposure was about 20 secs with download time between the exposures~20 sec gap. The field is 13x 9 arcmins. It was fairly zooming across the field.
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Old 31-03-2007, 08:28 AM
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Looking good here tonight, although the moon may cause a few headaches, I will also have to setup in a different position as the neighbors tree i smack bang in the path area.
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Old 31-03-2007, 12:17 PM
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Here is a SkyTools three panel chart for tonight (Sat 31st March). It appears that the altitude of 2006 VV2 peaks around 21:48 pm AEST, some 42 degrees above the horizon. Magnitude 10.1

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Old 31-03-2007, 09:30 PM
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Latest score from Brisbane……Clouds 1, Asteroid 0.

Been outside since 7:30pm and its now almost 9:30pm and so far nothing, rien, zip, zilch, nadda. Didn’t even get to polar align using the Polar Alignment Scope through the sucker holes – oh well, at least I’ll get my beauty sleep (and lord only knows, I need it!) and live to try again tomorrow, and the day after…..

Good luck to any observers and imagers tonight.

Cheers

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Old 31-03-2007, 09:51 PM
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Totally CLEAR here

Taking 10 pics @ 2mins each atm, guiding on a close 7th mag star. For some reason pics are turning out red and there is a weird reflection in it, might be because the moon is only 18degrees away, but I did increase the size of the dew shield
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Was planning on looking at that one here, but clouds, clouds, clouds !
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Old 31-03-2007, 10:26 PM
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No joy here also Clouds, Clouds, and More Clouds !
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My mount disconnected itself from the laptop part way through the exposures, the guidestar I was using went for a wander and then went MIA. The shutter on the camera wasnt working (DSLR shutter problem) So all up, I learnt you dont walk away from your equipment until you are 100% happy its working LOL. Still dont know what the loopy thing is on the image.
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My mount disconnected itself from the laptop part way through the exposures, the guidestar I was using went for a wander and then went MIA. The shutter on the camera wasnt working (DSLR shutter problem) So all up, I learnt you dont walk away from your equipment until you are 100% happy its working LOL. Still dont know what the loopy thing is on the image.
Andrew,

Regardless of all the difficulties you had, I can still see how the Asteroid moved among the stars!!! Good work, even though Murphy had a field day

P.S. The blurry white thing is the Giant Fish Nebula
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