2020 October 21 – 02QX47

Welcome to the first full RECON campaign of the 2020-21 academic year! For this event, RECON is pursuing Centaur 02QX47. If all goes well, there is a one in three probability (33%) of capturing this event. First and foremost, teams should follow CDC guidelines (including wearing masks and practicing physical distancing) to ensure the safety of all participants during the current COVID pandemic. Feel free to reach out to our email at tnorecon-org@mailman.boulder.swri.edu if there is anything we can do to help remotely. We appreciate you, RECON – stay safe!

Event Details

02QX47 is a Centaur currently located just inside Neptune’s orbit. For all event details (including sense-up) visit: RECON Event Detail Page for 02QX47

Print this page and the Event Detail Page (see link above) and practice on the target star field prior to the event.

Pre-Event Checklist

  1. Complete the RECON Campaign Signup Form for this event. Some participants have had trouble using Internet Explorer to sign up when there are more than one upcoming campaign.  We recommend using an alternate internet browser.  Submissions are updated hourly on our Signup Status Page.
  2. Keep power supply plugged in at all times except when in use. Make sure laptop is fully charged well in advance of the event.
  3. Print this page and the Event Detail Page (see link above) and practice on the target star field prior to the event.

Feel free to contact the RECON leadership team anytime by emailing tnorecon-org@mailman.boulder.swri.edu.

Observation Protocol

See our Full Campaign Observation Protocol Page for details on files to save. For teams with our new QHY cameras, you only need to save the event video. For teams still using our MallinCam setup, you should take the following four videos:

  1. Position Video
  2. Event Video
  3. Sky Field Video
  4. Dark Field Video

You should configure VirtualDub to save files sequentially by using “Set Capture File” to save as C:/Users/RECON/Data/YYYYMMDD/YYYYMMDD_01. You should record the filenames and information about each file using the RECON Observation Logsheet or a text file with the same information.

Image of Star Field

To be provided.

Post-Event Details

Regardless of whether your team was able to collect data, we need all teams to complete the RECON Campaign Observation Report Form within one week of the event. To view reports from teams from throughout the network, check out the Event Reporting Status Page.

If your team collected data, we also need you to save an electronic version of your log sheet and upload both your videos and observation log to SwRI in Boulder. For more information procedures for uploading data, visit Reporting Observations.