AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 4 Computation, Data Handling and Image Analysis
Poster, Monday, January 5, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[4.05] Observations of Distant Minor Planets with small 0.3 to 0.4 m Commercial Telescopes

D.T. Durig (The University of the South)

Due to the very slow angular motion of distant minor planets it should be possible to stack 5 and 10 minute exposures to achieve a 30 to 120 minute total integration time. This should reach to between 20th and 22nd magnitude, enough to capture the brighter distant minor planets near opposition. "Blinking" of images will require a 2 to 5 day interval but the objects should still be within a 20 arc minute frame. So far I have had success with several objects between 5 to 10 AUs and want to extend the range to the Kuiper Belt Objects.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: ddurig@sewanee.edu

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