Follow minor planet - or comet

Image processing, astrometry, photometry, etc.
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einari
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Follow minor planet - or comet

Post by einari » 13 Apr 2020, 15:12

I'm assuming asteroid or comet align assumes that north is up (and east west) in images.
How about when camera is not rotated like that ?
Would it be possible to read angle from fits and then calculate the angle of asteroid/comet based on that ?

fabdev
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Re: Follow minor planet - or comet

Post by fabdev » 13 Apr 2020, 18:03

Hello,
you need to carefully measure the rotation angle and pixel scale: do a plate solve, then open Statistics, note the Angle in "Field of view" line and the Pixel Scale.

These values must be set in the Observer/Camera settings.

einari
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Re: Follow minor planet - or comet

Post by einari » 13 Apr 2020, 19:17

I tried but it doesn' t look much better.
Is negative camera angle valid ?

fabdev
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Re: Follow minor planet - or comet

Post by fabdev » 14 Apr 2020, 18:44

Yes of course.
If you calculate the comet speed and angle with Astroart (the "Find" button) remember to have an updated CometEls.txt file, in any case you may check with the MPC values. If the comet is close to Earth, verify that the observatory coordinates are correct.

einari
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Re: Follow minor planet - or comet

Post by einari » 30 Apr 2020, 19:01

Back to this.

Today I made a macro to rotate all comet files so they would be north/south.
And now the follow minor planet aligning worked.

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