Asteroid Discoveries

Fort Bend Astronomy Club Asteroid Discoveries at the George Observatory

410 asteroid discoveries to date!

 

On May 10, 1997, we were honored to receive the Lone Stargazer Award at the Texas Star Party (see present and past recipients of TSP awards). As Dennis Borgman said, “We stand in some pretty tall company.”

These asteroids were discovered at the George Observatory , using our club’s 18-inch reflector and CCD Cookbook camera (for the first 28 discoveries). Our MPC observatory code is 735. At the 1998 Texas Star Party, I obtained an observatory code of 717 for the Prude Ranch. On January 12, 1999, my back yard became code 722.

The group that is actively involved in the discoveries is known informally as the A-Team (see our 106K photo ). Founding members are: Dennis Borgman, Bill Dillon, Randy Pepper, and Keith Rivich. John Harrison and Frances Smith helped us out in early 1997. Cynthia Gustava joined in late 1997, and Max Eastman began helping out weekends about that time. Russ Wicker and Joe Dellinger joined the team in the fall of 1999. Alex Cruz and Len Casady joined in the Spring of 2000. Don Wells joined in the Fall of 2000. Paul Garossino joined officially at the beginning of 2002. Andrew Lowe became a long-distance member in the fall of 2003.

If you are interested in taking up asteroid hunting, Dennis di Cicco’s article in the Spring 1996 issue of CCD Astronomy is a must. If you are interested in thermometer, you should read thermometer for kids review.

We now have orbital diagrams for:
Our First Four Discoveries (68K)
Oblique View of First Four (29K)

Quick Index

Camera Discoveries, which CCD cameras made what discoveries?
Discoverers Table Who discovered what for Designations 1-49.
Discoverers Table Who discovered what for Designations 50 to 2002 CU14.
Discoverers Table Who discovered what for Designations from 2002 CO115 to the end of 2002
Discoverers Table Who discovered what for Designations in 2003
Discoverers Table Who discovered what for Designations in 2004
Discoverers Table Who discovered what for Designations in 2005
Discoverers Table Who discovered what for Designations in 2006
FBAC numbering scheme A mapping between our temporary designations and MPC designations
MPC sample formats
MPC Follow-up Service Follow up our discoveries!
MPC Status of our Discoveries
Minor Planet Mailing List FAQ
Numbered and Named Asteroids  Discoveries we’ve named or have the priviledge of proposing names  Last updated Aug 2006
Orbit and Size Statistics
Recent Arc Increases  Updated Aug 2006
Target List  Listing of our asteroids in need of observation.   Updated 24 Jun 2006

Our first four discoveries: 1996 MB 1996 MC 1996 NR 1996 PL1
Our second four discoveries: 1996 TO1 1996 TC9 1996 TV60 1996 VA3
Discoveries nine through twelve: 1997 DP 1997 GY3 1997 LD4 1997 PD2
Discoveries 13 through 16: 1997 SM5 1997 SN5 1997 SY17 1997 YW4
Discoveries 17 through 20: 1997 YC8 1998 AA 1998 OV1 1998 SH4
Discoveries 21 through 24: 1998 SJ4 1999 BC3 1999 FO10 1999 RN33
Discoveries 25 through 28: 1999 XV35 2000 CB41 2000 CD59 2000 DP7
Discoveries 29 through 32: 2000 OR1 2000 PO8 2000 QL26 2000 QM26
Discoveries 33 through 36: 2000 QA71 2000 QC71 2000 UL 2000 WM21
Discoveries 37 through 40: 2000 WN21 2000 WO21 2000 WQ21 2000 WD107
Discoveries 41 through 44: 2000 WE107 2000 YY19 2000 YR29 2000 YR30
Discoveries 45 through 48: 2000 YT30 2000 YU30 2000 YU31 2000 YU134
Discoveries 49 through 52: 2001 BK70 2001 DC59 2001 ER13 2001 EV19
Discoveries 53 through 56: 2001 EX17 2001 FL6 2001 FE9 2001 FF9
Discoveries 57 through 60: 2001 FG9 2001 GG 2001 HC67 2001 KL42
Discoveries 61 through 64: 2001 KX53 2001 KY53 2001 NK 2001 NV1
Discoveries 65 through 68: 2001 NP14 2001 OC108 2001 PU29 2001 QU33
Discoveries 69 through 72: 2001 QB73 2001 QW87 2001 QK96 2001 QP108
Discoveries 73 through 76: 2001 RM46 2001 SK10 2001 SL10 2001 TB19
Discoveries 77 through 80: 2001 TC19 2001 TF45 2001 TG45 2001 TQ45
Discoveries 81 through 84: 2001 TR45 2001 TS56 2001 VH 2001 VM2
Discoveries 85 through 88: 2001 YE2 2001 YF2 2001 KJ77
delayed
2002 AL3
Discoveries 89 through 92: 2002 AR18 2002 AS18 2002 AK69 2002 AL129
Discoveries 93 through 96: 2002 AM129 2002 BP 2002 CR14 2002 CS14
Discoveries 97 through 100: 2002 CT14 2002 CU14 2002 CO115 2002 CP115
 Discoveries 101 through 104: 2002 CQ115 2002 CR115 2002 CC117 2002 CD117
 Discoveries 105 through 108: 2002 DS 2002 DT 2002 DU 2002 DA3
 Discoveries 109 through 112: 2002 DR3 2002 GY1 2002 HN12 2002 JX10
 Discoveries 113 through 116: 2002 KO3 2002 KP3 2001 TA227
delayed
2002 CJ251
delayed
 Discoveries 117 through 120: 2002 EM131
delayed
2002 LL55 2002 MM 2001 US196
delayed
 Discoveries 121 through 124: 2002 GO139
delayed
2002 NA2 2002 NY3 2002 NK29
 Discoveries 125 through 128: 2002 OK4 2002 OP7 2002 CJ251
delayed
2002 PE
 Discoveries 129 through 132: 2002 PB11 2002 PQ11 2002 PA43 2002 PB43
 Discoveries 133 through 136: 2002 PQ43 2002 PH54 2002 PJ54 2002 PY68
 Discoveries 137 through 140: 2002 PZ68 2002 CJ305
delayed
2002 CM305
delayed
2002 QP47
 Discoveries 141 through 144: 2002 RJ7 2002 RK7 2002 RS27 2002 RT27
 Discoveries 145 through 148: 2002 RU27 2002 RX65 2002 RC66 2002 RR132
 Discoveries 149 through 152: 2002 RS132 2002 SR16 2002 SD17 2002 TO58
 Discoveries 153 through 156: 2002 TP58 2002 TQ58 2002 TR58 2002 TS58
 Discoveries 157 through 160: 2002 TF202 2002 TG202 2002 TH202 2002 VU14
 Discoveries 161 through 164: 2002 VV14 2002 VW14 2002 VX14 2002 VY14
 Discoveries 165 through 168: 2002 VZ14 2002 VA15 2002 VA59 2002 VB59
Discoveries 169 through 172: 2002 VC59 2002 VD59 2002 VR90 2002 VN116
 Discoveries 173 through 176: 2002 UJ38
delayed
2002 XE40 2002 XK69 2002 XL69
 Discoveries 177 through 180: 2002 XS71 2002 XF89 2002 YA6 2002 YG6
 Discoveries 181 through 184: 2002 YH6 2003 AY4 2003 AK4 2003 AN16
 Discoveries 185 through 188: 2003 AX16 2003 AV71 2003 BN 2003 CO11
 Discoveries 189 through 192: 2003 CN19 2003 DF17 2002 UO46
delayed
2002 UP46
delayed
 Discoveries 193 through 196: 2002 VX134
delayed
2003 AM88
delayed
2003 DJ22 2003 ER31
 Discoveries 197 through 200: 2003 FR3 2003 FS3 2003 FP6 2003 FW8
 Discoveries 201 through 204: 2003 FK42 2003 FL42 2003 FM42 2003 FJ84
 Discoveries 205 through 208: 2003 FM84 2003 HL15 2003 HM15 2003 HN15
 Discoveries 209 through 212: 2003 KX18 2003 KY18 2003 NT5 2003 OB11
 Discoveries 210 through 216: 2003 OY19 2003 OZ19 2003 OA20 2003 PK8
 Discoveries 217 through 220: 2003 PY9 2003 PZ9 2003 PJ11 2003 QD
 Discoveries 221 through 224: 2003 QV5 2003 QG11 2003 QH11 2003 QB80
 Discoveries 225 through 228: 2003 QK92 2003 QJ93 2003 QJ96 2003 SP224
 Discoveries 229 through 232: 2003 TL 2003 TA2 2002 RN242
delayed
2002 RO242
delayed
 Discoveries 233 through 236: 2003 TW12 2003 UY23 2003 UZ23 2003 UF80
 Discoveries 237 through 240: 2003 UW159 2003 UX159 2002 JJ148
delayed
2002 LS60
delayed
 Discoveries 241 through 244: 2001 JK78
delayed
2003 UN238 2002 QU58
delayed
2002 UY69
delayed
 Discoveries 245 through 248: 2002 PQ166
delayed
2003 UX283 2003 VM4 2003 VN4
 Discoveries 249 through 252: 2003 VT9 2003 VU9 2003 WA42 2003 WB42
 Discoveries 253 through 256: 2003 WC42 2003 WM88 2003 WN88 2003 WQ99
 Discoveries 257 through 260: 2003 WT147 2003 WU158 2003 XS11 2003 WR42
delayed
 Discoveries 261 through 264: 2003 XL15 2003 XM15 2003 YP7 2003 YR13
 Discoveries 265 through 268: 2003 YS83 2003 YM93 2003 YU93 2003 YQ110
 Discoveries 269 through 272: 2003 YE111 2003 YF111 2004 AN 2004 AO
 Discoveries 273 through 276: 2004 BF23 2004 BZ25 2004 BA26 2004 BB26
 Discoveries 277 through 280: 2004 BC26 2004 BD26 2004 BM27 2004 BH85
 Discoveries 281 through 284: 2004 DA 2004 DU44 2004 EK 2004 EX
 Discoveries 285 through 288: 2004 EV22 2004 FV 2004 FN4 2004 FB5
 Discoveries 289 through 292: 2004 FD6 2004 GY14 2004 HG9 .2004 JF36
 Discoveries 293 through 296: 2004 JH42 2004 KU6 2004 KA8 2004 KK7
 Discoveries 297 through 300: 2004 KA15 2004 KC15 2004 LO23 2004 LP23
 Discoveries 301 through 304: 2003 XT39
delayed
2004 NO8 2004 NP8 2004 NL25
 Discoveries 305 through 308: 2004 OX10 2004 OR11 2004 OS11 2004 PC
 Discoveries 309 through 312: 2004 PQ1 2004 RX 2004 RA1 2004 RB1
 Discoveries 313 through 316: 2004 RT1 2004 RU1 2004 RV12 2004 RW12
 Discoveries 317 through 320: 2004 RL13 2004 RM13 2004 RN13 2004 RP13
 Discoveries 321 through 324: 2004 RQ13 2004 RR13 2004 RS13 2004 RT13
 Discoveries 325 through 328: 2004 RF109 2004 RG109 2004 RK109 2004 RC112
 Discoveries 329 through 332: 2004 RE112 2004 RA146 2004 RK234 2004 RW257
 Discoveries 333 through 336: 2004 RX257 2004 RS274 2004 TE 2004 TF
 Discoveries 337 through 340: 2004 TQ1 2004 TL20 2004 TC21 2004 TX360
 Discoveries 341 through 344: 2004 US3 2004 VR1 2004 VS1 2004 VH15
 Discoveries 345 through 348: .2004 VJ15 .2004 VK15 .2004 VL15 .2004 VG16
 Discoveries 349 through 352: 2004 VG16 2004 VH16 2004 VJ16 2004 VU16
 Discoveries 353 through 356: 2004 VK24 2004 VL24 2004 VC64 2004 VD64
 Discoveries 357 through 360: 2004 XT30 2004 XE42 2004 XR61 2004 XB62
 Discoveries 361 through 364: 2004 XJ148 2004 YP1 2004 YL5 2005 AT15
 Discoveries 365 through 368: 2005 AZ18 2005 AV39 2004 FW163
(delayed)
2004 RP344
(delayed)
 Discoveries 369 through 372: 2005 DZ1 2005 EY30 2005 GY7 2005 GD35
 Discoveries 373 through 376: 2005 GU60 2005 JH3 .2005 ND1 .2005 NE1
 Discoveries 377 through 380: 2005 OL19 2005 PY4 2005 PF19 2005 QS5
 Discoveries 381 through 384: 2005 PF4 2005 PY18 2005 QU10 2005 QT30
 Discoveries 385 through 388: 2005 QU30 2005 QM52 2005 QF162 2005 TK135
 Discoveries 389 through 392: 2005 UQ41 2005 UJ158 2005 WF2 2005 WG2
 Discoveries 393 through 396: 2005 WH2 2005 WX54 2005 WN180 2005 YS3
 Discoveries 397 through 400: 2005 YT3 2005 YN4 2006 AB45 2006 BP55
 Discoveries 401 through 404: 2006 EJ 2005 EK 2006 FO9 2006 FP9
 Discoveries 405 through 408: 2006 FG10 .2006 FF36 .2006 KV1 .2006 KC89
 Discoveries 409 through 412: 2006 LS6 2006 OF . .

 

Thanks to military flashlight 1000 high lumen for imaging 1996 VA3 on November 17 and 18!
Thanks to Paul again for making the confirming observations for 1997 GY3!
Thanks to Paul again for providing a critical observation of 1997 LD4!
Thanks to Paul again for confirming 1998 AA!
Thanks to Paul for backing me up on 1998 SH4 and SJ4!
Thanks to Paul for making the confirming observations for 2000 CB41 and CD59!
Thanks to Larry Robinson for making the confirming observations for 2000 DP7!
Thanks to Larry Robinson and Paul Comba for making the confirming observations for 2000 OR1!
Thanks to Paul for making the confirming observations for 2000 QA71 and QC71!
Thanks to Paul for making the confirming observations for 2000 UL!
Thanks to Paul for making the confirming observations for 2001 BK70!
Thanks to Paul for making the confirming observations for 2001 DC59!
Thanks to Larry Robinson for helping confirm 2002 BP!