Asteroid (7194) Susanrose

2017-05-16 (3)

Here is an image of one of the asteroids I measured while conducting my asteroid astrometry program on May 15th. The images used to derive the measurements, shown at the lower right in the photo, consisted of 40 images, 30 seconds each with the ccd binned at 3×3 to increase sensitivity. The images were captured in 4 groups of 10 with 8 minutes separating the groups. The groups were stacked in Astrometrica software which also did the measuring. Stacking the image groups was necessary to create enough signal for an accurate measurement. It was measured at magnitude 16.5. It is currently cruising through the constellation of Serpens Caput.

What’s significant about this asteroid is its name. It is named for the President of my club in NY, Sue Rose, for her decades of support to the astronomical community. Sue was surprised with the announcement, and presentation of a beautiful plaque at the 2009 ALCon convention hosted by the Amateur Observers’ Society at Hofstra University.

COD W33
CON Transit Dreams Observatory
OBS D. Wilde
MEA D. Wilde
TEL 127mm F7.5 APO Refractor + CCD
ACK MPCReport file updated 2017.05.16 11:31:28
NET UCAC-4
07194 KC2017 05 16.10882 15 49 00.31 -01 33 07.9 16.4 R W33
07194 KC2017 05 16.11851 15 48 59.78 -01 33 03.0 16.4 R W33
07194 KC2017 05 16.12817 15 48 59.25 -01 32 58.8 16.5 R W33
07194 KC2017 05 16.13787 15 48 58.74 -01 32 54.2 16.8 R W33
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M42- First Light image inside Transit Dreams Observatory

M 42- First Light inside Transit Dreams Observatory

This image of the Great Orion Nebula was captured as a test of the pointing and tracking of the MX+ mount.  It’s a combined total of 15.5 minutes exposure in LRGB.

ES127 F7.5 APO refractor- 952mm f.l.

Atik One 6.0 ccd

Astronomik LRGB filters

(1ea)-2sec to 4 min subs of Luminance, 11 minutes total.

(3) 30 sec each RGB, 4.5 minutes total.

 

 

 

Transit Dreams Observatory awarded code W33 from the Minor Planet Center

This announcement is late, but I wanted to share it with our friends here who don’t follow us on Facebook.

I am proud to announce the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center has designated Transit Dreams Observatory as Minor Planet Center W33. This designation was earned by T.D.O. as a result of our submission to the MPC of precise reliable astrometric measurements of asteroid positions in our solar system. These measurements provide the professional and advanced amateur astronomers the data needed to help refine orbits and gain additional knowledge about our solar system neighbors. Observatory codes are not given out lightly, and the Transit Dreams Observatory will endeavor to continue contributing accurate data to this body of work.

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Website Update

Well I finally got around to updating some of this site. I’ve changed the color scheme to black and white to hopefully modernize it and make it easier to read. I am not a web programmer by any means, so I crawl my way around WordPress to get things close to how I want them to look.

Besides the color scheme change, I’ve changed the content and menu structure of the homepage. The new header consists of 3 images over the old header of the constellation of Orion. On the left is the new logo I designed for Transit Dreams observatory. The interior of the T has a NYC “Transit” subway map, and the D has a “Dream” scape sky scene. In the center is a screen shot from the Astrometrica software I use to make the asteroid astrometry measurements. On the right is a view of the telescope, mount, and camera setup inside the observatory.

I’ve also started on the Observatory page, adding some of my thoughts as I was building the observatory and assembling the dome, as well as numerous photos of the construction. As I get caught up, I’ll add more on the process.

Galaxy NGC 891

NGC 891-Andromeda

NGC 891-Andromeda

NGC 891 is an edge-on spiral galaxy 30 million light years away in the constellation of Andromeda. You can see its faint dust lane along the plane of the galaxy because of  its orientation to our line of site. This dark lane is dust and is very difficult to see visually. I can only make out the darkest portion with my 15” Newtonian reflector. When you look up at our own Milky Way galaxy and see the dark areas winding through the myriad of stars, this is the same kind of dust only seen from inside the galaxy. If you look, closely you can see many galaxies in the background of this image. NGC 891 was discovered by William Herschel on October 6, 1784

Data:

Object: NGC 891
Constellation: Andromeda
Telescope: ES127mm F7.5 APO Refractor
Mount: Paramount MX+
Camera: ATIK One 6.0
Filters: Astronomik LRGB
Guide Scope: Orion 50mm
Guide Camera: SBIG STi
Total Integration: Luminance 122 minutes(1×1), Red 80 minutes(2×2), Green 60 minutes(2×2), Blue 75 minutes(2×2). Total 5hr.47 minutes
Image Capture: SkyX camera addon
Guiding: PHD2
Stacking/calibration: Maximdl
Post Processing:Photoshop CS5

Reprocessed November 2015