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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).



Saturday, September 27, 2008

P/2008 Q2 Ory

This comet was discovered by Michel Ory of Delemont, Switzerland in CCD images.
The image below is a stack of images taken from La Cañada.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

2008 September 23, Fragmented comet 205/P Giacobini

This is a stack integration of 24 minutes tracked on the comet's movement. The black and white reversed image has been streched to bring out details of the fragment well visible. No other fragments show on the full 20x20 arc min frame however.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Discovery #100

La Cañada Observatory celebrates the discovery of the asteroid number 100, asteroids 2008 RC80 and 2008 RD80 make 101 designations credited to the observatory.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

2008 RM78 and 2008 RA80

Yet another two main belt asteroid designations for J87, these add up to 99 minor bodies discovered from La Cañada.