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Asteroid 4 Vesta Image 2007/06/01(UT)

Damian Peach

Damian Peach (350mm Celestron SCT)
With the favourable opposition of Vesta on June 1st this year, close to its minimum possible distance from the Earth (106 million miles) i took a series of images as well as observing visually. Observations were made from Barbados under excellent seeing conditions.
I also took a ganymede image and a nearby star all at the same focal length/filter configuration for comparsion. Vesta is definatly revealed as "not round" in shape and certainly not stellar in appearance. I could easily see this visually as well at high power. Ganymede for comparsion is 1.68" arc in apparent diameter.

[Damian Peach: Loudwater,Buckinghamshire,United Kingdom]
ALPO-Japan Latest Oplanets Section
2007/06/03 [ISS]
2007/05/30 [ISS]