Author Archives: Paul
A near encounter with the south celestial pole, 2007 XB10 is finally recovered by D21 under some challenging weather conditions.
Shenton Park Observatory (D21) continues its record breaking faint target work with the recovery of 2008 VK14.
The automation at Shenton Park Observatory was put to the test after a period of inactivity this week with several important NEO confirmations and follow up observations:
After a long hiatus due to some serious site renovations, Shenton Park Observatory is back on-line and has immediately provided important follow up work for JPL on 2010 DJ1 – the fastest moving NEO yet tracked by us.
D21 Shenton Park discovers a new Mars Crosser – designated 2009 TV. The object was discovered on October 8th, and confirmed shortly after by our sister station 926 (Tenagra Arizona). 2009 TV is kilometer-sized object at magnitude 18.4. At its … Continue reading
Jupiter, although now well past opposition, is overhead in the evening. Here’s an image of Jupiter and Callisto taken on October 6th, 2009.
In another first, 2008 WB59 was recovered by D21 and followed shortly after by our sister station Tenagra Arizona (926). The Australia/US recovery was coordinated by Paulo Holvorcem in South America. A truly global team! The MPEC can be found … Continue reading
Under very challenging conditions (a near full moon), D21 Shenton Park recovers 2005 TY51. Recovered by us initially on August 28th, we had to wait through bad weather until September 3rd to confirm our observations. Fortunately most stations are ‘closed … Continue reading
Luckas Obseratory (D21) takes advantage of a clear night after weeks of endless rain and among its numerous NEO submissions, manages an appearance in a special MPEC 2009-Q56 announcing a new NEO, 2009 QF31. Thanks as always to Paulo Holvorcem. The MPEC … Continue reading
A new image of Jupiter taken around midnight on August 1st.
Shenton Park Observatory (D21) as part of the Tenagra initiative recovered NEO 2004 RK9. Not seen since 2004, the magnitude 19.6 target represents the culmination of efforts to fine tune the telescope’s tracking, and allow longer un-guided exposures for fainter objects. … Continue reading
M83 imaged on 2nd May.
A re-processed crescent Moon mosaic using some new Photoshop techniques. (click on image for larger version)
A link to video of the Zadko Telescope in motion: Zadko Telescope in Motion
Me spending time as a consultant on the University of Western Australia’s 1 metre “Zadko Telescope”. Photo courtesy of Trevor Hutchinson. (click on image for larger version)
C/2007 N3 (Lulin) Imaged at 5:00 local time, February 6th 2009, Perth Western Australia. (click on image for larger version)
The Orion Nebula – M42 (click for larger version).
Some images of last night’s unique conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter and Venus. (click on images for larger version)
The first hi-resolution image of Jupiter in colour, using the DKM21 camera.
Tenagra Western Australia bags its 11th Supernova – SN2008bq.
The latest moon image from Shenton Park Observatory. (click on image for full size version)
Tenagra Western Australia’s potential “first” minor planet discovery has been followed now for almost 4 months. It has yet to be linked with a previous discovery, which is amazing for such a bright object. Further observations at future oppositions will … Continue reading
Long lost asteroid 6344P-L was co-recovered as 2007RR9 by SETI and Tenagra Western Australia. This is a potentially hazardous “dead” comet nucleus. See the animated GIF made by Paulo Holvorcem.
Tenagra Western Australia recovers long lost asteroid 2000TH1. It was found 9.8 deg from the nominal position. If it had been 3 FOVs further out from the nominal position, it would have been missed. The search covered 21 deg along the … Continue reading
Tenagra Western Australia is honoured by the naming of a minor planet after the owner/astronomer Paul Luckas. Discovered in 2001 by Michael Schwartz and Paulo Holvorcem, 131186Pauluckas is a main belt asteroid. Physical and orbital details can be found at … Continue reading
Tenagra Western Australia is credited with its first minor planet discovery. Given the preliminary designation 2007 PG9, the single discovery is listed together with the total observations from D21 Shenton Park for the month of August and can be accessed … Continue reading
Tenagra Western Australia recovers lost minor planet – 2002SV – not far from the south celestial pole. K02S00V C2007 08 11.88203 03 56 22.13 -76 48 40.3 19.3 R EP041D21 K02S00V C2007 08 11.88652 03 56 19.02 -76 48 40.0 … Continue reading
Tenagra Western Australia reaches double figures with its latest discovery.
Comet McNaught captured from Perth Western Australia. (click on image for full size version)
Our 5th Supernova for the year – introducing SN2006du ! (click on image for larger version)
For the second month running, Tenagra Western Australia bags another discovery. (click on image for larger version)
An April discovery for Tenagra Western Australia, and our third for the year. (click on image for larger version)
Our second discovery for the year, and for the month of February ! (click on image for larger version)
Our first discovery for 2006. Happy New Year SN2006y ! (click on image for larger version)