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Asteroid 30068 Frankmelillo, 


            Steven Bellavia

Asteroid 30068 Frankmelillo

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C5 Schmidt-Cassegrain

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 183MM Pro

Mounts: Celestron AVX Mount

Guiding cameras: ASI224MC

Focal reducers: Celestron f/6.3 Focal Reducer

Software: IDEIKI AstroPhotography Tool (APT)  ·  Stark Labs Nebulosity 4.2  ·  Digital Photo Professional  ·  Plieades Astrophoto PinInsight 1.8  ·  PHD2 Guiding

Filters: Astronomik L2 UV/IR Cut

Accessory: Celestron OAG #93648

Date:May 28, 2019

Time: 04:00

Frames: 3

Focal length: 900

Seeing: 2

Transparency: 6

Resolution: 2400x1600

Data source: Traveller


Frank Melillo is a friend and fellow amateur astronomer. He had an asteroid named after him.

Asteroid 30068 frankmelillo was originally designated as 2000 EZ70 and was discovered in 2000 by the Catalina Observatory in Arizona. Frank's work with the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO) was recognized by the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and it was approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the Minor Planet Center.

The asteroid orbits around the sun in 4.5 years and is inclined approximately 10 degrees with respect to earth's orbit. It is at opposition on June 6th, 2019 in the constellation Ophiuchus.

Note it was magnitude 17.5, extincted to 17.7
As a reference, Pluto is currently magnitude 14.2, so planet Pluto is 25X brighter than this asteroid, near its peak brightness



Steven Bellavia
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Asteroid 30068 Frankmelillo, 


            Steven Bellavia