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).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

2011 May 24th : The Sombrero galaxy

This is an average of 9 images of 2 minutes exposure each logarithmic scaled.


Confirmations 2011 HH6 and 2011 KP4

Both objects posted on the NEOCP resulted to be main belt asteroids.

24th May 2011 KP4 = TBKN02
25th May 2011 HH6 = SK1C86E

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Confirmation of 2011 KA

This object posted on the NEOCP was confirmed on May 20th

2011 KA = SK1C23E(May 21.45 UT)


OBS J. Lacruz
MEA J. Lacruz
TEL 0.40-m Ritchey-Chretien + CCD
ACK MPCReport file updated 2011.05.20 23:40:34

SK1C23E KC2011 05 20.97166 15 06 01.75 +06 08 21.3 19.7 V J87
SK1C23E KC2011 05 20.97778 15 06 01.51 +06 08 22.3 19.4 V J87
SK1C23E KC2011 05 20.98235 15 06 01.29 +06 08 23.4 19.3 V J87
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Although there's no published orbit yet, thi seems to be an MBA (Main Belter) since there has not been any MPEC issued.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Confirmation of comet C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)

An object posted on the NEOCP displayed faint cometary activity.
MPEC 2011 J31
CBET 2714 (subscribers
IAUC 9208 (subscribers)

    An apparently asteroidal object discovered by the LINEAR survey (discovery
observation tabulated below), and posted on the Minor Planet Center's NEOCP
webpage, has been found by other CCD astrometrists to show cometary appearance.
Juan Lacruz (Madrid, Spain) writes that sixty stacked 30-s images taken with a
0.40-m reflector at La Canada on May 5.9 UT show a diffuse object about 10"
wide that is slightly elongated toward the southeast (but no distinct tail)......

These observatory J87 confirming observations have been conducted remotely over the internet.