Invitation to Collaborate on Time-Series Imaging of a 14th Magnitude Asteroid

American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Mon, 02/19/2024 - 13:29

Dear Colleagues,

I am reaching out on behalf of ASPIRE ASTRO, a small research group dedicated to advancing the field of asteroid and variable star photometry. Our current project focuses on the observation (imaging) of a 15th magnitude asteroid through time-series imaging. Given the asteroid's approximately 24-hour period, we are seeking images captured over several hours over a few nights by individuals preferably based in the United States or Asia. It is important to note that no prior photometric experience is required, as we will handle all processing and analysis in-house.

The technical prerequisites for participation are as follows:

 - A telescope with an aperture of 8 inches or larger

 - A monochrome 16-bit camera

- Usage of either a clear (no filter), luminance or Cousins R filter

 - Guided exposures ranging from 3 to 5 minutes, appropriately adjusted based on the telescope's aperture size

 - Flat fields and darks to ensure optimal data quality.


Our aim through this collaboration is to accurately determine the period of this asteroid, which is currently not known with certainty. We are seeking good quality imaging data to support our research efforts. While we recognize the commitment and expertise such an initiative demands, we are hopeful for your voluntary participation.

Contributors will be duly acknowledged in a scientific paper through co-authorship. For a deeper understanding of our small dedicated group and our work, we invite you to visit our website at . Here, you will find comprehensive information about our mission, ongoing projects, and the overall impact of our research. Should you have any questions, require additional details about our research group, or wish to discuss this project further, please do not hesitate to reach out.


With best regards,

Stephen Brincat


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American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)

Could you add…


Could you add anything about the particular target and why it’s of interest - other than the lack of orbital data?