1321 Majuba photometry

(1321) Majuba is one of very many asteroids in the Solar System. It orbits around Sun with the period of 5 years and 21 days in the average distance of 2.95AU (about 450 mln km). Diameter of this asteroid is about 31km and apparent brightness is 15mag – so it is actually quite faint. I have chosen this rock for my new telescope first photometry test. It quickly turned out, that Majuba is both faint and also does not change its brigthness much 🙁 But it is visible 🙂 According to ALCDEF database its rotation period id 5.2 hours and my data covers only about 4h, so there is still room for improvement. 

Data was collected with Meade ACF 10″ telescope and QHY163M camera. Baader L filter was used and single exposure time was 180s. Both transparency and seeing were moderate. Changes in apparent asteroid brightness have two sources: changes in asteroid-Sun and asteroid-Earth distance and also asteroid rotation.

1321 Majuba asteroid lightcurve

And here is all data frames stacked into one image. Asteroid trail has one small gap due to meridian flip:

Majuba asteroid trail in Gemini constellation.

Clear skies!

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