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).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Planet Saturn, an over exposed photography to bring out some satellites.
Taken from Madrid through a 20cm (8") telescope working at F10, i.e. with a focal lenght 2000 mm, the EOS40D camera was at the primary focus.

The same conditions as in the picture above, with less exposure time showing an almost edge on rings system.

Friday, April 17, 2009

2009 Apr 04, public observation at Cosmo Caixa, Alcobendas, Madrid.

Observación pública en la Cosmo Caixa (Alcobendas), ver resumen de Antena 3 TV :
Public observation at Cosmo Caixa (Alcobendas), watch Antena 3 TV summary :

Thursday, April 9, 2009

DISCSTATUS 2009 April 09

A new numbering for object 2007 WR, (this is number 18) for La Cañada Observatory.
The latest discovery status report lists 122 designations for J87 La Cañada, however the observatory account lists 123, one designation, that for 2009 FE14, is missing in the MPC report.