Birmingham Astronomical Observatory

Harvard MPC H53

3756'42.9" N / 8846'17.7" W
ele. 516 ft/ 157 m
Thompsonville, Illinois

Welcome to my site!

Astro Events | My First Observatory | New Construction | My Favorite Photos | Recent Photos | Comet and Asteroid Astrometry Measurements | Favorite Links | More Links | Useful Information | Contact Me

I'm glad you found me, come on in! I had some technical difficulties at my other site that could not be fixed so I had to build a new site in order to keep everyone up to date on what's happening here. Look around, check out the photos and great links, and be sure to stop back from time to time as things here will always be changing. I'm open to suggestions on what you'd find helpful, useful or interesting on my site so go ahead and drop me a note and let me know.

Enjoy your visit and come again!

Clear, Dark Skies!

David Birmingham

Birmingham Astronomical Observatory
Harvard MPC/ H53
Thompsonville, IL
ele. 516 ft/ 157 m
37 56' 42.9" N / 88 46' 17.7" W
12" LX200GPS s/n 05008
ASO SuperCharge # 243-2012
Main Imager - SBIG ST-402ME-C1

My site here is new and will be undergoing many changes as it grows and expands. Be sure to stop by from time to time to see what's been added and what's new!

Here you will find sections on special astronomical events and news, projects, modifications and enhancements to make observing more enjoyable and fulfilling...for me anyway.

On my Links page are some of my friends, be sure and visit them too!

What's New?

Here I will add update notes to my web site. Where appropriate, I'll include a link to the change.

For example:

10/19/07 - A new page, 'Comet and Asteroid Astrometry Measurements' has been added. I recently received a new SBIG ST-402ME CCD camera and I am in the process of getting set up to do some serious astrometry. The weather has not been condusive to doing that yet so the page currently contains no measurements, stay tuned!

10/30/07 - The Birmingham Astronomical Observatory recieves a Minor Planet Center (MPC) observatory code.

02/02/08 - The 'Comet and Asteroid Astrometry Measurements' page has been updated with my latest MPC submission report. Also the 'Astro Events' page has been updated with the March events.

03/01/08 - The 'Astro Events' page had been updated with April's events.

03/15/08 - NOTE: On the 'New Construction' page I have added a link to my Flickr Photos as I have been unable to upload new photos to this site, I may have maxed out here.

The very first photo of me and my telescope!

March 23, 2002 the arrival day!

On March 23, 2002 I received my new 12" LX200GPS telescope, a retirement gift to myself. I hadn't owned a telescope since I received one of those department store telescopes for Christmas as a kid many years prior.

It took almost five months after I placed my order for the scope to arrive, of course that included a stop at the Arkansas Sky Observatory for a complete SuperCharge by Doc Clay.

What's a SuperCharge? Click on the link below to find out!


Jupiter Today - Jupiter News as it Happens
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Birmingham Astronomical Observatory receives Minor Planet Center Observatory Code

After getting the new ST-402ME camera set up on the telescope and the operator acclimated to using it astrometric reductions of asteroids was undrertaken. With a good deal of help from my best friend and mentor, Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, I was able to make a few submissions to the MPC at Harvard and request a Harvard Minor Planet Center (MPC) Observatory Code (OBScode). I am very pleased to announce that as of this afternoon, 30-Oct-2007, the Birmingham Astronomical Observatory now has achieved recognition as Harvard MPC/ H53.

I'd like to acknowledge the generous help and contributions of my good friend and mentor, Dr. P. Clay Sherrod and ASO.

Site last updated on March 15, 2008

Since March 1, 2007

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