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

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#1 Aspire.Astro

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 09:10 AM

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 14th 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 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) or luminance 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 aspireastro.net . 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 dedicated research group, or wish to discuss this project further, please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

With best regards,
Stephen M. Brincat

ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9205-5329


Edited by Aspire.Astro, 16 February 2024 - 09:12 AM.


#2 pbealo

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 10:57 AM

Why not advertise this on AAVSO forums?? Not so much for the asteroid photometry, but for the stellar photometry, and I assume exoplanet work.

 

Peter B


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#3 StupendousMan

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 08:19 PM

I'm teaching an observational astronomy class this semester in the (unfortunately very cloudy) Rochester, NY, region.  I'll show this to my students and find out if any are interested in joining the effort.

 

Thanks for posting it here.  I agree with pbealo that a message to the AAVSO forum might be a good idea, too.


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Posted 17 February 2024 - 06:44 AM

Stephan,

 

A few questions about this asteroid run:

 

1) What is the target?

2) What is the range of dates you want data over?

3) Do you want light files submitted separate from BDF files or just final calibrated lights?

4) Expected magnitude range?

 

Clear Skies,

Peter



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Posted 17 February 2024 - 07:49 AM

I can participate if the timeline and weather both are fine.

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Posted 18 February 2024 - 01:59 AM

Dear Colleagues,

First and foremost, allow me to express our gratitude for the overwhelming response and the invaluable suggestions provided in regard to our recent call. Your willingness to contribute have been truly inspiring.
We would like to inform all respondents that, due to the high level of interest, particularly from the American region, our call is currently oversubscribed. We are in the process of reviewing all submissions and will shortly be in touch with potential collaborators. For those who may not be contacted for this specific project, please know that your interest and readiness to participate have been duly noted. We will be having similar collaborative efforts in the future.

Once again, we thank each and every one of you for your willingness to support our observational project. Should you wish to reach out, you are most welcome to do so through our website at aspireastro.net .
Thank you all for your time and consideration.

With best regards,
Stephen
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