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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).



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

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Comet ISON fizzles out at the perihelion

Comet ISON on its passage by the perihelion seems to have fizzled out the remains don't show a nuclear condensation.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Comet C/2012 S1 ISON on 2013-Oct-05

As the comet approaches perihelion it looks in good condition, no disintegration yet.
C/2012 S1 ISON, 2013-10-05 4:19:28 UT J87 Observatory La Cañada (c) Juan Lacruz

This is the above image aftter being cropped and resized 2x, a false color rendition show better the comma extents.
C/2012 S1 ISON, 2013-10-05 4:19:28 UT False color, J87 Observatory La Cañada (c) Juan Lacruz


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Comet ISON, La Cañada 2013-08-24

Comet ISON was hiden by the Sun a few months, now it is visible again, this picture is a stack taken just before the sunrise from La Cañada.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

C/2012 S1 ISON & C/2013 H1 La Sagra 2013.04.19

The comet C/2012 S1 ISON continues at mag 15.9R and shows a tail around 30 arc seconds long in position angle 90 degrees.

Comet ISON is potentially the "comet of the century" because it is expected to become very bright when approaching the perihelion.

ISON stands for International Scientific Optical Network, a group of observatories in ten countries organized to detect and track objects in space, it is managed by the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 


A new object found by the J75 survey La Sagra and posted on the NEOCP has shown cometary features in the initial and confirmation images by various observatories. The initial orbit a=2.5 e = 0.5 has been found to be cometary with a = 27 and e = 1.0, a  parabolic, long period orbit.

References MPEC-2013-H27, CBET 3485 (subscribers)


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS

C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS 30-Mar-2013 20:43 UT La Cañada (c) Juan Lacruz
Canon EOS 1D MK IV + EF 400 mm F5.6 ISO 400,  30 sec


C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS 30-Mar-2013 20:44 UT La Cañada (c) Juan Lacruz
Canon EOS 1D MK IV + EF 400 mm F5.6 ISO 400,  30 sec