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Discoveries of new asteroids in SkyMorph archive

Database of NEAT images - SkyMorph

SkyMorph is a database of images got in Near Earth Tracking Program (NEAT) publicly accessible via internet. Selected areas od sky were repeatedly photographed in several periods of time, so astronomers could search for changes on sky during elapsed time - you can search for moving objects - asteroids or comets, and you can also search for novaes or supernovaes. Images archived in SkyMorph database were taken on two observatories: Haleakala, Maui, Hawai Islands and Mt. Palomar, Arizona, USA.

In SkyMorph database are presently stored many thousand images. Inspite of the time elapsed from their original capture, in this archive there is still hidden a big amount of uncatalogized asteroids.

And I am searchig for such an unnoticed objects by professionals. I try to get at least three positions from different nights in order to get a provisional designation for them. In the table below you can find a list of new discovered asteroids by this way.

Discovery credit

From the beginning of SkyMorph there was a rule, which said that credit received the discoverer of asteroid in NEAT archive. In those times many amateur astronomers were a real hunters and some of them discovered hundreds of new asteroids. But after the rule changed in 2003, they lost their motivation to go on.

I learned about SkyMorph database in the beginning of 2006. It took me a few months to learn how to search for a new asteroids. I made my first discovery in May 2006. Since then I regurarly search in NEAT images and the number of my discoveries is growing ...

Naming of numbered asteroids

I took the credit rule as a matter of fact and it had no effect on my hunting. This was for me a good relax and great fun. In summer 2008 after two minor planets from my discoveries got permanent number I contacted NEAT people. They accepted names I suggested for those two asteroids - (182 592) Jolana and (183 294) Langbroek! Another 2 minor planet were named after my proposal in December 2009 - (194 262) Nové Zámky and (213 636) Gajdoš. In 2010 August another three naming proposal were accepted - Magyarics (203 773), Bödök (210 939) a Lemarchal (213 637).

Acknowledgement: on the first place I thank to Marco Langbroek and his perfect "Guide" that he taught me how to work with SkyMorph, my thanks goes also to others who helped me with my questions and problems during my "learning" period: they were Quanzhi Ye, Krisztián Sárneczky, Rob Matson and Andrew Lowe.

List of my asteroids discoveries from NEAT archive

Asteroid Observed arc   U    Opposition  Provisional
designation
Note
(247652) Hajossy 2002-2015 0 6 2002 WO21  
2001 US224 2001-2015 1 5    
(220229) Hegedüs 2002-2016 0 8 2002 VW39  
2001 TD257 2001 Oct. 10-21   1    
(194262) Nové Zámky  2002-2016 0 10 2001 TE257  
(182592) Jolana 2002-2016 0 10 2001 TF257  
2001 SB354 2001-2015 0 8    
2001 TG257 2001-2016 0 7    
(188020) 2001-2016 0 11 2001 TH257 Trójan
(258323) 1994-2016 0 12 2001 UR225  
(203773) Magyarics 1994-2016 0 11 2002 RL267  
(210939) Bödök 2001-2016 0 8 2001 TR197  
(434050) 2001-2016 0 6 2001 TU257  
(399 411) 2001-2016 0 9 2001 TV257  
(357106) 2001-2016 0 6 2001 TW257  
(240021) 2001-2016 0 9 2001 TX257  
(247297) 2001-2015 0 13 2001 SH354 Trójan
(344269) 2001-2016 0 8 2001 SJ354  
2001 SK354 2001 09.24 - 10.24   1    
2001 TA258 2001-2016 0 7    
(270725) 2001-2016 0 12 2002 QL122  
2001 SP354 2001-2012 3 3    
(270556) 1995-2016 0 8 2002 GX182  
(213636) Gajdoš 2002-2015 0 8 2002 QR122  
(317121) 1994-2016 0 13 2001 TF258 Trójan
(338093) 2001-2015 0 6 2002 PE184 699 *
(338284) 2002-2016 2 5 2002 TW381  
(183294) Langbroek 2000-2016 0 13 2002 TB382  
(360486) 2002-2016 0 6 2002 UB73  
(287347) Mézes 2002-2016 0 9 2002 TM382  
(287371) 1999-2016 0 10 2002 UC73  
2002 RR279 V   1    
(234923) 2000-2016 0 10 2002 TR382  
(337700) 2001-2012 0 5 2001 TQ258  
(264561) 2001-2015 0 11 2001 SV354  
(240022) Demitra 1996-2016 0 11 2001 TR258  
2001 TV258 2001 - 2012 1 3   2012 VH99 +
(317448) 2002-2016 0 11 2002 QH125 699 *
(474346) 2002-2016 0 7 2002 PH185  
(213637) Lemarchal 1998-2015 0 10 2002 QM125  
2001 SX354 2001-2015 3 5    
(360451) 2002-2014 2 7 2002 PL185  
(232306) 2002-2016 0 8 2002 RP280  
(287048) 2000-2016 0 8 2002 QS125  
(338146) 2001-2016 0 6 2002 QA126  
(338014) 2002-2016 0 6 2002 ES162  
2001 TA259 2001-2015 0 5    
(253118) 2002-2014 0 7 2002 US76  
(456457) 2003-2014 2 3 2003 BS93 691 *
(310696) 2000 - 2016 0 10 2002 GZ183  
(313236) 2001-2016 0 9 2001 TB259  
2001 TC259 2001-2016 0 5    
(353788) 1999-2016 0 10 2002 GF184 G96 *
(344592) 2003-2016 0 9 2003 BU93  
(286162) Tatarka 2001-2015 0 9 2001 TD259  
2002 EU162 2002 Mar. 11 - Apr. 2   1    
2002 EV162 2002 - 2016 0 7    
(317382) 1997 - 2016 0 14 2002 OG32 691 *
(422383) 1996 - 2016 0 8 2002 QL129 G96 *
2002 QM129 2002 Aug. 17 - 28   1    
(326592) 2002-2016 0 8 2002 QN129  
(363349) 2002-2014 0 5 2002 QX129  
(323034) 2002-2016 0 8 2002 QW129  
(338150) 2002-2016 0 9 2002 QY129 691 *
2002 QZ129 2002-2016 0 9    
(267585) Popluhár 1960-2016 0 7 2002 QA130  
(276225) 2002-2016 0 8 2002 QB130  
(373976) 1999-2016 0 7 2002 NQ68  
2001 TE259 2001 Oct. 8 - 24   1    
2002 QD130 2002 Aug. 17. - 28   1    
(270730) 2002-2016 0 9 2002 QE130  
(331674) 2002-2016 0 10 2002 PU188  
2002 QL132 2002-2016 1 6    
(338041) 2000-2016 0 10 2002 JW149  
2002 SV73 2002 09. 26 - 11. 8   1    
(343668) 1999-2016 0 10 2001 TG259 C51 *
2001 TH259 2001 Oct. 15 - 23   1    
(310861) 1999-2015 0 10 2003 CG26  
(450179) 2001-2015 0 5 2001 TW259  
(307448) 2002-2015 0 8 2002 UY77  
2002 QC133 2002-2015 0 4    
2002 QE133 2002-2015 1 6    
(347796) 2002-2015 0 9 2002 GA185  
(218087) 1992-2015 0 11 2002 GZ184  
(247480) 2000-2016 0 11 2002 JY149  
(270558) 2002-2016 1 7 2002 GB185  
(276163) 2001-2016 0 12 2002 LV62  
(357192) 2002-2015 0 8 2002 EE163  
2002 QF133 2001 - 2014 0 8   2004 EP105 +
2002 QK133 2002 Aug. 17 - 30   1    
2002 QL133 2002 - 2016 0 7   2013 SP82 +
(276349) 2002-2016 0 7 2002 TL385  
2002 QE135 2002 Aug. 20 - Sep. 15   1    
(337595) 2001-2015 0 9 2001 SL355  
2001 SM355 2001-2016 0 10    
(286163) 2001-2016 0 7 2001 TY260  
(463092) 2001 - 2016 0 5 2001 TB261  
2002 NV69 2002 Jul 4 - Aug 5   1    
2002 GN186 2 nighter   1    
(422851) 2002-2016 0 6 2002 GO186  
2001 TC261 1995 - 2016 0 7    
2001 SN355 2001-2014 1 6    
(286076) 2001-2009 1 6 2001 SO355  
2001 TD261 2001 Oct 10 - 18   1    
(401946) 2002-2015 0 6 2002 JC150  
(270584) 2002-2015 0 8 2002 JG150  
2002 QL140 2002-2015 0 6    
2002 RX289 2001 Aug 31 - Sep 28   1    
2002 NM75 2000 - 2013 1 5   2013 CT129 +
2002 VW147 2002 - 2016 2 2    
2002 VX147 2002 Nov 13 - 25   1    
2002 VV147 2002-2015 1 4    
(368438) 2002-2016 0 8 2002 VU147 691 *
2002 MN6 2002 - 2016 0 6    
(322965) 2002-2015 0 7 2002 JR150 691 *
(270472) Csörgei 1995 - 2016 0 10 2002 CS316  
(307387) 1998 - 2015 0 8 2002 SR74 691 *
2002 LF64 2002 -2016 2 3    
(313379) 1992 - 2016 0 8 2002 KP16 691 *
(422837) 2002-2016 1 7 2002 DB21 291 *
(313376) 2002-2016 0 7 2002 JS150 G96 *
(286883) 1996 - 2016 0 11 2002 OY35 G96 *
2002 HO18 2002 - 2013 3 2    
2002 QS145 2002-2016 0 5   2010 CQ21 +
2002 NR75 2002-2012 3 3    
2002 DC21 2000-2015 0 8    
2001 TW261 2001 - 2013 4 3    
2002 DD21 1998 - 2016 0 6    
(302737) 2002-2016 0 7 2002 TC387 691 *
(337597) 2001-2016 0 8 2001 SY355 C51 *
2001 TB262 2001-2015 2 5    
(302432) 2002-2016 0 10 2002 CR317 691 *
2001 SB356 2001-2016 1 6    
(357093) 2001-2015 0 8 2001 SD356 G96 *
2001 TC262 2001 Oct 8 -24   1    
2002 RX291 2001 Sep 11 - 14   1    
2002 TD387 2002 Oct 9 - Nov 3   1    
2001 SF356 2002-2014 1 3    
2002 TE387 2002 Oct 9 - Nov 7   1    
2001 TF262 1996-2014 0 9    
2002 RJ292 2002-2016 0 7    
(350660) 1996-2015 0 5 2001 TG262 691 *
2002 ED164 2002-2014 2 5    
2001 TK262 2001-2015 0 6    
2001 TL262 1995-2014 0 5    
2001 TN262 2001 - 2016 1 6   2005 UA277 +
2002 GB191 1999 - 2015 0 8    
2001 TQ262 2001 - 2013 2 4   2012 CQ49 +
2002 OM37 1999 - 2016 0 9    
(368304) 2002-2016 0 8 2002 ON37 691 *
2002 EJ164 2002 Mar 11 - Apr 3 V      
2001 SL356 1999 - 2012 1 7   2012 UR159 +
2002 RU151 2002 - 2013 4 2    
2002 GD191 2002 Apr 8 - 24   1    
2002 GE191 2002 - 2011 0 4    
2001 TE263 2001 Oct 10 - 24   1    

Last update: 2017 Jan 26
      

Notes:

U - Uncertainty parameter - is an integer between 0 to 9, where 0 indicates a very small uncertainty and 9 an extremely large uncertainty for a minor planet orbital solution.

+ provisional credit assigned to other designation
* the discovery credit given to other observatory along with permanent number assigning

"Lost asteroids" - I listed in the table all objects I identified on NEAT images and sent their data to MPC.

They received provisional designation, but later some of them turned out as precovery observations to already known minor planets. You can find them in column "Notes" labeled as + .

Since 2010 October based on new crediting rules some discovery credit were assigned to other observer/observatory. In the table are labeled as * .

I do not count in the table my independent discoveries of known objects. Although I identified them as an unknown asteroids, MPC recognized them as already known asteroids.

Precoveries of MP observed in a single opposition



Asteroid Observed
arc
New positions Extension
of obs arc
Opp U
before
U
after
2009 CH63 26 days 11.3. - 4.04.2002 1 op 3   4
2009 DF73 32 days 8. - 24.10.2001 1 op 3   4
2008 QW18 57 days 25.9.- 16.10.2001 1 op 2 - 3
2007 TK451 33 days 10.10.2001 - 30.1.2003 2 op 3 - 4