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).

Sunday, July 27, 2008

NEO confirmations, 2008 OM and 2008 OO

Both objects posted on the NEOCP have been confirmed from observatory J87 La Cañada (among others :-) 2008 OO is another spanish NEO discovered from J75 La Sagra.
Read discovery circulars MPEC 2008-O31 and MPEC 2008-O33


Sunday, July 6, 2008


A discovery by Robert E. Holmes, on CCD images taken with a 0.40-m f/5.8 Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector was posted as QSB5259 in the NEOCP when confirmed with the 0.40m Ritchey-Chretien telescope at J87 La Cañada.

Blinking a stacked set, it displayed a coma 12 arc secs in diameter elongated to south west, in poor seeing. IAUC 8959 (subscription) and MPEC 2008-N19

New designation 94 countup to 100

Observations on two nights one week apart and sent under two different observatory designations LC00078 2008.06.28 and LC00080 2008.07.05 have been linked by the mpc and given designation 2008 MX4, this discovery makes La Cañada number 94 so far.