Tuesday, July 24, 2012
NEO 2012 OQ zips past IC5067
|Close up of NEO asteroid 2012 OQ as it zooms past||Full field of view with IC5067, the asteroid is a bit difficult to see, but it is near the middle, click to embiggen, it's worth it|
I shot the asteroid using iTelescope T5 earlier this evening when it was close to the nebula IC 5067. Sadly I lost over half of my images to drifting cloud, but I wasn't alone in this. Still, I think it came out rather well with the frames I did get (4x120 sec images stretched in FITSliberator, stacked in ImageJ and despeckeled. While the asteroid is dimmer than 2012 LZ1 the nebula more than makes up for it.
Here's a slightly sad animation I made.