posted on Mar, 15 2014 @ 11:47 AM
Still, it's very exciting for these amateur astronomers to discover a comet, track it, study it, etc. Comet groups on Facebook are currently filled
with posts and images of this comet.
Here's a confirmation image from Andres Chapman (Argentina) who worked with Cristovao Jacques via Facebook and desktop sharing:
Congratulations SONEAR! another beautiful comet discovered from Brazil. Had a very busy night yesterday with the company of Cristovao Jacques , a
SONEAR team member. We were connected via FB and I shared my desktop to let Cristovao Jaques see my equipment working on the comet, prosessing frames
and send the confirmation report to the MPC.
Ah..funny night it was!
This excitement and the real work done by amateurs on the comets is far more interesting and valuable than sensationalising MSM headlines or doom
P.S. here's the observatory that was used to discover it: www.observatorio-phoenix.org...
Sonear - Synoptic Telescope 457mm (18 ") aperture with equatorial mount and CCD camera at prime focus to search for NEOs (Near Earth Objects).
Installed on equatorial mount Paramount and triggered remotely by Internet.
The drawings linked on that webpage suggest that it's a custom-built telescope.
edit on 15-3-2014 by wildespace because: (no reason given)