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Date/Location February 20, 2010 Wildwood Pines Observatory, Earl, NC
Camera and Settings SBIG ST-2000XCM CCD Camera -20°C
Telescope Orion 190mm Maksutov-Newtonian f5.3
Mount Parallax HD150
Exposure 20 minutes (2 x 10 min)
Processing CCDOpts, Image Plus 3.0, Photoshop
Other Mag. 6.1 Asteroid. The two 10-minute images were started 30 minutes apart to show the motion of the asteroid over the time interval while at opposition (essentially closest approach to Earth in it's orbit around the Sun). Brightest star (left side of image) is SAO81274, mag. 8.02
Asteroid Vesta
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