NEO 2016 HP6
Taken by Dennis Simmons on May 12, 2018 @ Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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Last night (12th May 2018), the NEO 2016 HP6 paid a visit to the Brisbane skies, gliding silently by whilst the city slept soundly, a close encounter at approx. 0.5 Lunar Distance.

To acquire the object, I had to leap frog the telescope ahead of the NEO as it crawled across the computer screen, in the simulated real time view of my planetarium program, The Sky X Pro.

I took a series of 60 sec exposures and it less than 9 frames, the impression created by the smattering of photons from the dim mag 15 object, exited the field of view.

Equipment details:
Tak Mewlon 210 F11.5
Tak x0.8 Reducer
Atik 414EX camera

Image details:
Centre (RA, hms): 14h 33m 49.005s
Centre (Dec, dms): -19° 33 33.091
Size: 10.5 x 10.5 arcmin
Pixel scale: 0.67 arcsec/pixel


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Whoops - that should be 2.2 LD and not 0.5LD.
Posted by nardes 2018-05-13 15:45:18
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