Highland Road Park Observatory

Solar System Objects

Pluto animated GIFAn animated GIF showing the movement of Pluto over two hours. Taken June 20th, 1998. 156KB.


Asteroid Tadamori (4374) animated GIFAnimated GIF of Asteroid 4374 Tadamori's movement over a six hour period of time. Tadamori is the faint dot moving from about center to the lower left corner. Also visible in this animation is 1998 QX6. It is the extremely faint dot just above and to the right of the very bright star. QX6 is moving north-west, with north being the top of the image. QX6 was almost "discovered" by the Observatory team, but missed by ten days. Thumbnail is actual image size. Taken August 29th 1998. 855KB.


Jupiter color imageA color image of the planet Jupiter, taken on September 4th 1998. 7.53KB


Small Animated GIF of 1998 SG27An 11 frame animation of 33 minutes of travel by asteroid 11739 Baton Rouge (formerly 1998 SG27, our first discovery) on the night of November 28, 1999. The exposures were each 3 minutes long. Image is the same size as the thumbnail. 71KB.


Large Animated GIF of SG27A 21 frame animation that is 67 minutes long of travel by asteroid 11739 Baton Rouge (formerly 1998 SG27, our first discovery) on the night of November 28, 1999. The exposures were each 3 minutes long. Images are much larger than the thumbnail. 931KB.


Asteroids Amber and Laurel animated GIFAn animated GIF showing the movement of the asteroids Amber and Laurel. Laurel is the asteroid on the right, Amber is on the left. Taken the night of March 9th, 1999. 200KB.


Mercury transit start imageImage of the transit of Mercury across part of the Sun on November 15th, 1999. Mercury is the small bump on the limb of the Sun. This is a still from the Observatory's video system. 35KB.


Mercury transit image 2Image 2 of the transit of Mercury across part of the Sun on November 15th, 1999. Mercury is clearly visible now. This is a still from the Observatory's video system. 36KB.


Mercury transit midpoint imageMidpoint image of the transit of Mercury across part of the Sun on November 15th, 1999. This is a still from the Observatory's video system. 32KB.


Mecury transit end imageEnd image of the transit of Mercury across part of the Sun on November 15th, 1999. This is a still from the Observatory's video system. 25KB.


SunspotsSunspots image, taken on the same day as the Mercury transit, November 15th, 1999. This is a still from the Observatory's video system. 44KB.


SunspotsMore Sunspots, these are near the center of the Sun. Taken on the same day as the Mercury transit, November 15th, 1999. This is a still from the Observatory's video system. 28KB.


Asteroid Chanmugan imageThis is one of the discovery images for asteroid 16107 Chanmugam (formerly 1999 WQ2). This image was taken on November 26th, 1999. 114KB.


Shuttle and HSTThis image was taken as the Shuttle passed over Baton Rouge at about 5:30 PM on December 25th, 1999. The camera was an Astrovid 2000 video camera with a x1.8 Barlow. The video output was recorded on a Hi8 mm recorded and later processed offline to get a series of stills where the atmosphere distortion is minimized. In the photo you can clearly see the shuttle in one corner of the frame and the Hubble Space Telescope in the diagonal corner that was just released after a successful series of repairs. 10KB.


Mir Space StationA picture of the Russian MIR space station, taken on March 27th, 2000 at about 7:00 PM CST. The image was made using the Astrovid 2000 video camera and, in particular, is the median of about 6 video frames. The image shows the main "structure" with solar panels attached and sun glint over exposes the rear "experiment" modules. Thumbnail is actual size. 17KB.


Crescent MoonThe waxing crescent moon on April 8, 2000. This picture was taken by a visitor to the observatory, Bernard F. Holmes. Mr. Holmes used a digital camera to capture this image through the eyepiece of the telescope. 20KB.


Comet HolmesColor image of Comet Holmes, taken October 29th, 2007, and is composed on ten 10-second exposures in blue, violet and red. 8KB.


Straight WallLunar landscape taken by Marvin Owen with HRPO's 16OGS. The crater at top right is Ptolemaeus; the crater below it is Alphonsus. Alphonsus is where the Ranger 9 spacecraft crash-landed in March 1965. Note also the intriguing Straight Wall, a 110-kilometer long, 250-meter high fault. 111KB.


Waning Gibbous MoonWaning Gibbous Moon with 20" OGS Ritchey-Chretien, taken on January 2, 2010. - Nikon D90 - ISO 400 - 1/100 sec. exposure - 144X mag. Edited in Adobe Lightroom. 3.75 MB.


Jupiter color imageJupiter - Kodak DX7440 Easyshare digital camera. 1/60sec exposure. ISO 400 f/6.7 on the 16" OGS at HRPO. 2.30MB.


Saturn color imageSaturn - Kodak DX7440 Easyshare digital camera. Took several seconds of video and created an image sequence of 237 images. Stacked in Registax. 5.94KB.


Moon color imageMoon - Kodak DX7440 Easyshare digital camera. 1/45sec exposure ISO 80 f/3.4 16" OGS at HRPO. 257KB.


Moon color imageMoon - Kodak DX7440 Easyshare digital camera. Several seconds of video making an image sequence of 135 images. Stacked in Registax. 106KB.


ISS movieVideo of the International Space Station as it passed over HRPO on the night of December 23rd, 2010. 738.4KB.


SaturnTaken by B.R.A.S. member Ben Toman on June 25, 2013. He used an Orion Starshoot Solar System Color Imager IV on the 20" OGS. About 600 frames stacked in Registax. 44KB.


Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2AVI movie of Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2, taken by B.R.A.S. member Ben Toman on the 20" OGS at the HRPO on January 26th, 2015. The time span is from 10:41 PM to 10:54 PM. 1.56MB.


Asteroid 2004 BL86AVI movie of Asteroid 2004 BL86, taken by B.R.A.S. member Ben Toman on the 20" OGS at the HRPO on January 26th, 2015. The time span is from 11:16 PM to 11:20 PM. 4.32MB.


Dwarf Planet PlutoDwarf planet Pluto taken by B.R.A.S. member Ben Toman on the 20" OGS at the HRPO on August 7, 2015.


Venus Occultation 2015WMV movie of Occultation of Venus taken by B.R.A.S. member Ben Toman on the 20" OGS at the HRPO on December 7th, 2015. 2.85MB.


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Last updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 10:53 AM.