- Look up the position of the asteroid named "Renate", as seen from RIT Observatory on the night of Sep 16, 2003 EST = Sep 17, 2003 UT. Be sure to request position each hour.
- Make a finding chart for your object. Mark by hand the position of the object at 9:00 PM, 11:00 PM, and 1:00 AM local time.
- Find two stars in the field which have approximately the same magnitude as your object. Mark them by hand on your chart.
- The RIT 12-inch telescope and CCD camera (without focal reducer) yield a field of view about 16 by 12 arcminutes. How does your chart compare to this field?
- Compare your chart to the image of Renate taken on that night by Professor Davis. Can you figure out the orientation of the image? (If you click on the prop icon at the bottom right portion of the Aladin window, you'll be able to flip/flop the chart top-for-bottom and left-for-right. Try it). Can you find the asteroid Renate? Perhaps it might help to blink.
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