All of this has to be checked out if all if this is done and you still think it is a new object then you reimage the galaxy again to make sure it is not an asteroid.
You should image every hour for 2-3 hours to make sure the suspect doesn’t move. While you are doing this you can check the asteroid lists PSN and SN lists. You should also get someone else to image the galaxy to make sure it is a new object.
Time is critical as if you take too long you can miss out on the discovery if someone else has put in a report before you.
Once you have done all your checks and you have got multiply images you will want to send a report to Dan Green at the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT) in Boston, Massachusetts, the world clearinghouse for astronomical discoveries,is not something to be considered unless you are absolutely 110% sure that you have made a discovery.
You will need To include in the report:
Information You Should Include In A Discovery Report
All discovery reports should include the following:
- your name
- your address and contact details (preferably e-mail address, otherwise telephone/fax number)
- date and UT time of observation
- observation method (e.g., naked eye, visual telescopic observation, photographic, or telescopic CCD)
- specific details on instrumentation (aperture size, f/-ratio, etc.) and exposures (type of film or CCD, length of exposure, etc.)
- observation site (name of location, giving either city/town and state/province/country, or some other geographical name nearby); longitude and latitude and elevation above sea level can be useful.
DO NOT submit images in any fashion, because they don’t generally have sufficient staff resources to analyze many such images. If you wish to submit CCD images in support of your discovery claim, please ask first
What not to include in your report: any html encoding or any binary text (as with images; They prefer that you place images at your own website and send them the URL).
If you are a new contributor to the CBAT, please provide some background information regarding your observing experience. It is recommended that observations be made of a suspected object more than once -- separated by at least an hour and preferably a day.
. Discovery report submitted without sufficient information will not be acted upon.
To Get the precise mag and position we use a piece of software called Astrometrica by Herbert Raab
To measure an image in Astrometrica, what you have to do is load the FITS format image with north at the top, go to “Astrometry/Data Reduction” and click “OK”. The software will then use the FITS RA and Dec information to compare the stars in the image with whatever stars are in the catalogue you have specified for it to look in. It can be a little more tricky than this if the image scale is wrong and the data calalogue cannot find a match. One of our team members of BOSS is a real wiz at using this software even though I am able to use it I tend to use his measurements as they are more accurate.