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The Minor Planet Bulletin is the journal for almost all amateurs and even some professionals for publishing asteroid photometry results, including lightcurves, H-G parameters, color indexes, and shape/spin axis models. It is considered to be a refereed journal by the SAO/NASA ADS. All MPB papers are indexed in the ADS.

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Issue 18-4 (1991 Oct-Dec)
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Rotation Period and Lightcurve of Asteroid 338 Budrosa
Pages 37-38
Hutton, R. Gil; Licandro, J.
1991MPBu...18...37H    Download PDF

Photoelectric observations in V and B filters of the asteroid 338 Budrosa were made from Estaci6n de Altura "Dr. Carlos U. Cesco" of Felix Aguilar Observatory during the 1990 apparition. The synodic rotational period, lightcurve amplitude and average B-V color found for 338 Budrosa are: P = 4.6 ± 0.1 hr. Δm = 0.47±0.0l, B-V = 0.680 ± 0.014. This is the first secure period reported.

Photoelectric Photometry of Asteroid 125 Liberatrix
Pages 39-40
Hutton, R. Gil
1991MPBu...18...39H    Download PDF

Photoelectric observations in V and B filters of the asteroid 125 Liberatrix were made from Estaci6n de Altura "Dr. Carlos U. Cesco" of Felix Aguilar Observatory during the 1990 apparition. The 3.97±0.1 hour synodic rotational period, and 0.695±0.014 average B-V color agree with previous determinations. The lightcurve amplitude found is t.m=0.30 ±0.01.

Asteroid News Notes
Pages 41-42
Tholen, D. J.
1991MPBu...18...41T    Download PDF

Through the September 23 batch of Minor Planet Circulars, 238 asteroids were newly numbered since the last installment of News Notes, bringing the numbered total to 4960.

Photoelectric Photometry Opportunities: November-January
Pages 43
Harris, A. W.; Zappalá, V.
1991MPBu...18...43H    Download PDF

The table below lists asteroids which come to opposition during the months of November through January that represent useful targets for photoelectric photometry observations. Observations are needed because the asteroid has either an unknown or ambiguous rotational period or because the asteroid will be observable at a very low phase angle.

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