KLENOT - Near Earth and Other unusual objects observations

M. Kocer, J. Ticha, M. Tichy
Klet Observatory, Zatkovo nabrezi 4, CZ-370 01 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic


The KLENOT project is a project of the Klet Observatory, Czech Republic, devoted to astrometric observations of Near Earth objects, distant objects and comets.
The improved effort of the large NEO surveys resulting in an increasing number of newly discovered NEOs calls for continuous follow-up astrometry to secure an accurate orbit determination of discovered bodies first in discovery opposition and then during next apparitions. Considering this urgent need of astrometric follow-up, the fact that many of these targets are fainter then magnitude 20.0~V and our results and experience in minor planet and comet CCD astrometry done at Klet since 1993, we decided to bring into operation a new 1-m class facility working on a permanent basis - the KLENOT telescope. The regular observing of the telescope started in March 2002 (the MPC code 246).
Beside methods and techniques we use for follow-up astrometry we present most important results of the project.

keywords: minor planets, asteroids

Presented on IAU Colloquium No. 197 - Dynamics of Populations of Planetary Systems, August 31 - September 4, 2004, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Dynamics of Populations of Planetary Systems, Proceedings IAU Colloquium No. 197, 2005, eds. Z. Knezevic and A. Milani, pp.271-274
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