Cometary features of newly discovered bodies

Milos Tichy, Jana Ticha, and Michal Kocer
Klet' Observatory, Zatkovo nabrezi 4
CZ-370 01 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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The majority of new ground-based discoveries of comets comes from large surveys. The first step of exploration of newly discovered cometary bodies consists of the confirmatory astrometric observation and also detection of their cometary features. Only some of both professional and amateur stations do a preliminary analysis of cometary activity of a particular newly discovered body. A timely recognition of cometary features of a particular body having an unusual orbit can help inplanning further observing campaigns.
One of main goals of the Klet Observatory NEO astrometric follow-up programme is an analysis of possible cometary activity of newly discovered unusual bodies. We present here the first results obtained with our new 1.06-m KLENOT Telescope, which we put into operation in March 2002. The CCD camera used on this telescope enables detection of comet's gas, plasma and dust activity in a more satisfactory way.
This work was supported by grants MSMT LA163 and GACR 205/02/P114.

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