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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).



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

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.