Phaethon

1 year 10 months ago #106849 by Fermidox
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This interesting asteroid is at its closest and brightest this week since it was discovered in 1983. It also gets closer to the Sun than any other named asteroid and the result is none other than the Geminid meteor shower! Here is a dslr pic from last night (circled) when it was virtually at the zenith, with tracking awkward. Est mag 11.3 and will brighten to 10.7 later in the week. Distance 12 million miles on its way to closest approach at 6.4 million -



Finbarr.
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1 year 10 months ago - 1 year 10 months ago #106855 by Bruno
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Well caught Finbarr. It was close to Capella. I caught a few images myself on the 10th Dec and put a short video up on Utube, Phaethon

John
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1 year 10 months ago #106857 by Fermidox
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I knew you'd come up with a class video John, thanks. Clouded out last night for closest approach, tonight looks better.

Finbarr.

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1 year 10 months ago #106861 by Fermidox
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Great viewing last night, motion was obvious within 30 seconds or so. That's it now, we won't see it as bright again until 2093.
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1 year 10 months ago #106862 by flt158
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Congratulations, Finbarr!!

Happy Christmas and clear skies in 2018.
(Well some anyway):-)

Aubrey.

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1 year 10 months ago #106868 by Fermidox
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And the very same to you Aubrey :scope:
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1 year 10 months ago #106874 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

Nice images.

I myself imaged 3200 Phaethon on a couple of nights. On the first night I used a 200 mm telephoto lens. Then on 16th Dec 2017 with my C11 SCT (focal length 2800 mm). Please see my website Variable Star Nights for the C11 image.

I also enjoyed visual observation. I reported them to Orbit.

John
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