Tracking very faint objects with the Faulkes Telescopes

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Tracking very faint objects with the Faulkes Telescopes

Post by rwilkinson » Wed May 07, 2014 3:12 pm

As I mentioned last night, the data collected by educational users of the Faulkes Telescopes is publicly accessible via the portal:

For example, I've just found seven observations of Comet 2013 V2 Borisov from January, using the 2m-aperture (!) FTN telescope on Hawaii: ... mit=Search
By that time the comet had faded down to 16th magnitude, but it's still just discernible on each individual 90-sec exposure, so I've been able to register and stack them in IRIS:
Comet 2013 V2 Borisov on 25-Jan. 7x 90-sec with Faulkes Telescope North.
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The comet is the fuzzy patch in the centre of this image, which appears stationary whilst all the stars are trailed (over the course of 14 minutes).

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