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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, May 23, 2012

Apollo object 2012 KO18

NEOCP object TK048F1 has been confirmed in observations from La Cañada Observatory (among others) on 2012 May 22.89 UT, this resulted in a new apollo object with provisional designation 2012 K18.

Moving at 6.4 arc seconds per minute at the time of the observations the individual exposures were just 10 seconds long to have the object untrailed in the images to provide good astrometry. At mag 19.5, 60 images were added in three stack to get high S/N detection levels resulting in fairly low residuals:

120522 J87 0.1- 0.4+
120522 J87 0.0 0.0
120522 J87 0.2+ 0.0
120522 J87 0.2+ 0.5+

Being a NEO continued observations are desirable.

COD J87
OBS J. Lacruz
MEA J. Lacruz
TEL 0.40-m Ritchey-Chretien + CCD
ACK MPCReport file updated 2012.05.22 21:58:46
AC2 juan@lacanada.es
NET UCAC-3
TK048F1 KC2012 05 22.89800 13 39 20.95 +05 07 48.8 19.4 V J87
TK048F1 KC2012 05 22.90260 13 39 19.09 +05 08 24.6 19.3 V J87
TK048F1 KC2012 05 22.90722 13 39 17.23 +05 09 01.0 19.6 V J87
TK048F1 KC2012 05 22.91191 13 39 15.32 +05 09 38.4 19.3 V J87
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References : MPEC 2012-K49