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La Cañada Observatory, is an initiative by Juan Lacruz, the observatory started astrometric operations in the summer of 2002, it is registered as station J87 in the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union.

The Observatory also participates in the studies on minor bodies promoted by the Group on Meteorites, Minor Bodies, and Planetary Sciences of the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, 27-Feb-2015 La Cañada

Despite the crescent Moon and some thin cirrus clouds, this is the result of stacking 20 pictures of 45 seconds integration each. Taken with an unmodified Canon 1D MK IV and a zoom EF 70-200 mm F2.8 working at 110mm. In the field of view the Perseus great double cluster, the comet's tail length is about 4 degrees. 

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, 27-Feb-2015 La Cañada Observatory (J87) (c) 2015 Juan Lacruz

Friday, January 9, 2015

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy in a mosaic composition, 09-Jan-2015
(c) 2015 Juan Lacruz, Observatorio de La Cañada

Inner comma study of comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, the Larson Sekanina rotational gradient enhances the many jets of sublimating volatiles. These get ionized by the Solar wind becoming a plasma that gets trapped in the magnetic field lines, as the comet nucleus rotates these plasma streamers form beatiful knots and the comet displays a vivid greenish electric colour.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

C/2014 E2 Jacques

Observación del cometa C/2014 E2 Jacques el 23-agosto-2014, foto en color Canon 1D MK IV + EF 400 @ 12500 ISO 10 tomas de 30 segundos. Detalle Telescopio LX200 16" F10 + CCD SBIG STL1001E, 14 imágenes de 30 sec.

C/2014 E2 Jacques

Monday, January 6, 2014

Andromeda Galaxy M31

M31 the Andromeda Galaxy,
Observatorio de La Cañada
2013-Dec-06 21:52:50 UT 180 secs exposure
Canon EOS 1D + EF 70-200 mm f2.8L USM, ISO 800