The 2009 grant funded the purchase of a new STL1001E CCD camera from SBIG. The 2013 grant funded 2 new faster computers and updated software. A rousing thanks to The Planetary Society for helping to fund Near Earth object follow-up and NEO recovery at Sandlot Observatory.http://planetary.org/programs/projects/neo_grants/grants_2009.html
Abell GC 1656 with distant quasar
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This image was taken 01-29-11 with the .56 meter 'Little Blue' reflector at Sandlot Observatory . The marked quasar HB89 is thought to be 11 billion light years distant.National Public Radio interview about Sandlot Observatory
(6-14-12) CLICK HERE
2 more comets are recovered at Sandlot. Click here and here for details.
M51 (left) and M8 (right) were both BVR (photometric filters) tri-color images using 5 minute integrations for each filter. The new STL1001E Camera was used for these images.
I am a member of the Northeast
( Farpoint ) using the Tombaugh reflector and a SBIG STL1001 e CCD Camera.
Nearly 5,000 NEO observations were turned into the Minor Planet Center (MPC) by Farpoint's Asteroid Search Team (FAST) .
The FAST team were all members of the Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomer's League. For more on my current NEO and comet research click here.
Recently I built a 0.56 meter reflector (nicknamed the Little Blue 22) and placed it in my backyard observatory 'Sandlot'. The telescope is driven with A SiTech Servo drive system.
The Potentially Hazardous Asteroid found at Sandlot is linked to a PHA from 2004.
Left: Sandlot Observatory with the LB22 telescope raised at sunset . The telescope
barely fits in the 10' x10' observatory with a motorized roll-off roof. It is surrounded by
In March 2009, The Topeka Capital Journal newspaper presented a story on Sandlot Observatory.