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Astrophotography

Asteroid (7036) Kentarohirata
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Just super, Lou!

This animation depicts an asteroid moving through through IC 443 on Monday night January 10, 2022.


The data was collected with a Canon EOS Rebel XS, (Full spectrum modified, CLS-CCD clip-in filter), Celestron EdgeHD 8, 0.7x focal reducer, Orion Thin off-axis guider, QHY5L-II-M, Optec TCF-Leo focuser, Celestron CGX mount, SGP, PHD2.


22 x 300 sec exposures @ ISO 800. First exposure 10pm 01/10/22, last exposure 12:02am 01/11/22.


The 22 raw debayered subs were aggressively cropped combined in GIMP to create an animated gif and underwent no further processing.


Thanks to Dennis Conti of Astronomers Inc. who helped to identify this rock as a main belt asteroid (7036) Kentarohirata, apparent mag 17.1, (about 3 arc-min of movement over about 2 hours)



Canon EOS Rebel XS (full spectrum mod)

Astronomik CLS CCD

Orion thin off axis guider

QHY5L-II M guide camera

Celestron CGX,Edge HD 8,0.7x focal reducer

Optec TCF-Leo focuser

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