Event Title

Accreditation of the Pohl Observatory

Major

Physics

Faculty Mentor

Donovan L. Domingue

Abstract

We are presenting on the accreditation of the Pohl Observatory by the IAU (International Astronomical Union) Minor Planet Center. The reason for seeking this accreditation was to open the door for future research and the ability to publish and present our work. The accreditation was awarded after proof that our telescope is capable of accurately tracking objects and recording their positions. Three exposures were taken over the course of a forty minute interval of different asteroids and then blink compared to show movement. Position information was recorded and sent to the Minor planet center for review. The pictures were calibrated by subtracting dark frames to increase the SNR of the photographs. All photographs were processed using Astrometrica software. We look forward to our further research on asteroids and other astronomical objects.

Session Name:

Poster Presentation Session #1 - Poster #57

Start Date

10-4-2015 11:30 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 12:15 PM

Location

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

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Accreditation of the Pohl Observatory

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

We are presenting on the accreditation of the Pohl Observatory by the IAU (International Astronomical Union) Minor Planet Center. The reason for seeking this accreditation was to open the door for future research and the ability to publish and present our work. The accreditation was awarded after proof that our telescope is capable of accurately tracking objects and recording their positions. Three exposures were taken over the course of a forty minute interval of different asteroids and then blink compared to show movement. Position information was recorded and sent to the Minor planet center for review. The pictures were calibrated by subtracting dark frames to increase the SNR of the photographs. All photographs were processed using Astrometrica software. We look forward to our further research on asteroids and other astronomical objects.