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Dwarf Planet Makemake

Technical card

Resolution: 352x298

Dates: March 10, 2015March 13, 2015

Frames: Baader Planetarium 36mm Luminance: 59x120" -20C bin 2x2

Integration: 2.0 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 20.48 days

Avg. Moon phase: 66.59%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.00

Temperature: 6.00

Locations: Backyard Burnsville, MN, Burnsville, Minnesota, United States


Revision C: Reprocessed to clean up the background, better enhance stars, and reduce file size. Added magnitudes for selected field stars. And a title frame, even.

GIF version: This combines two night's imaging to show the motion of Makemake--the additional night was 13 March, three days after the first image. The splotchy background results from problems with my flat frames and overly aggressive stretching. I may reprocess omitting the flats.

Original image: This is a very lightly processed image of Makemake with a comparison chart. I did kind of lean on the sharpening more than usual, though. To confirm this I'll need to reimage it within a few days and detect the position change.

Makemake is currently at magnitude 16.9; the dimmest stars in the image are around magnitude 19.4.



Dave Venne



Dwarf Planet Makemake, 


        Dave Venne