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Imaging the NEO Asteroid 2003 UV11 at close approach

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Hi all,
As you probably know already, NEO Asteroid 2003 UV11 had a close approach to our planet yesterday.
On October 29 I was lucky enough to capture its passing through our neighbourhood.
This asteroid was very fast! Good thing its apparent motion main vector was in RA, so what was needed was to move the telescope in RA, almost horizontally.
For locating the asteroid MPC ephemerides data and AAVSO (VSP) maps were used.
Ellinogermaniki Agogi Observatory, Athens, Greece (37°59'51.97"N, 23°53'36.21"E)
Telescope: Meade LX200-R 40cm at f/6.3
CCD: ATIK 16-HR
Filter: Bessell V-band photometric filter
Timing: Oregon Scientific DCF-77 Radio Clock
Observer: Vagelis Tsamis
IOTA-ES, www.iota-es.de
Sparta Astronomy Association, www.spartastronomy.gr/

Here are a couple of images:

http://www.astrovox.gr/forum/album_pic.php?pic_id=11676

http://www.astrovox.gr/forum/album_pic.php?pic_id=11678

Enjoy!!!
Greetings,
Vagelis
Sparta Astronomy Association / Observations Coordinator
International Occultation Timing Association / European Section, www.iota-es.de/
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Vagelis - nice capture there - it looked bright as well as fast.

Did you consider submitting the data to the MPC?

Dave
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Replied by Coldfieldboundary on topic Re:Imaging the NEO Asteroid 2003 UV11 at close approach

I tried it visually the evening of 28. But I could not see him. In the field of the nice double Psi1 Psc. On the other hand, MPC site indeed is great for making yourself a correct finder chart, but still I did not notice him. Checking your images now with SkyCharts shows the MPC is fully right! But I also had only a 10 minutes break into the clouds. Now I see on your images he nicely was mag. 12 (he also was a bit on the 28) :(
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Replied by Vagelis Tsamis on topic Re:Imaging the NEO Asteroid 2003 UV11 at close approach

Yes, MPC is a great tool, indeed! It would be great if you could spot it visualy!
Dave, I will send my data to MPC pretty soon!

Vagelis
Sparta Astronomy Association / Observations Coordinator
International Occultation Timing Association / European Section, www.iota-es.de/
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