any tips on both visually observing asteroids and capturing astro images of them? (keep it basic as I am slow).
Tonight is going to be fantastic (finally, and with the exception of that waxing crescent moon) so I am going out to my dark site and try to have some fun with finding Eunomia, Amphitrite and possibly Ceres.
I ve never done this before, my expectation is that if I update the orbital elements of carts du ceil and the do a reasonable job of polar aligning my mount/scope as well as doing a 3 star alignment on the mount's pointing model, I should be able to get within in1-2 degrees of the objects. Once there, what should I look for? Ive observed comets before, will these asteroids vary in brightness, have a distinct color, twinkle more?
I am also hoping that if I select a guide star where the mount says the object is and then guide for a bit I should be able to get a light track of the asteroid using my DLSR T3i?
Really looking forward to tonight, and hoping to see all three objects, thanks for any visual or imaging tips..