Asteroid Florence (3122) Two Nights from Close Approach to Earth

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
30 August 2017, 0510UT
11" SCT f/6.4, 1" Refractor f/4, STF-8300M and ST-402ME CCD Cameras
Asteroid Florence is only 2 nights from it's close approach to Earth at 3AM MDT September 1. In these images the asteroid is magnitude 9 and about 4.6 million miles from Earth. The 7 different images try to show the asteroid in different ways. The asteroid was moving about 1/3 degree per hour across the night sky.
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Mike Olason

About Mike Olason

I started imaging comets in 1994 with an ST-5 CCD Camera and an 11" SC Telescope. Since then the CCD cameras have changed (ST-7, ST-402ME and STF-8300M), but I am still using the 11" SC Telescope. Naturally I have used a lot of smaller telescopes to obtain larger fields of view. I live south of Denver at an elevation of 6150 feet which allows me to image comets down to almost magnitude 21 on a perfect night. Unfortunately ChemTrails have turned Denver cloudy and dry. I use the camera software CCDOps to process my images. All I do to each image is dark subtraction and flat field, stack images as required to show faint comets, contrast/bright adjust the final image and maybe use a median filter to reduce the image noise. The result is an image that reflects reality and will never win any picture of the day award. If you would like to use my images for a project or ask a question send me an email to "".
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