2010 and first part of 2011 statistics

In the last days of February, the MPC published the update of the statistics of all observatories who contribute to the MP astrometry.
The page is visible at this URL:

http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/special/CountObsByYear.txt

In 2010, we performed 2980 astrometric measurements of 744 asteroids and 131 comets. We are the first observatory in Italy for the number of asteroids observed, and the first in the world for the number of comets observed.
For the number of positions sent to the MPC we are at second place in Italy, after Castelmartini (MPC 160), thanks to the very good work done by my friend Enrico Prosperi (more than 6.000 positions of 426 asteroids and 79 comets).
Also the residuals are very good, with mean values of +0.01 +/- 0.28 in R.A. and -0.01 +/- 0.29 in DEC.

2011 has begun very well, thanks to many clear nights in January and February (over 50%, here in northern Italy it is very much!).
In the first 6 weeks of this year, we sent to the MPC 777 astrometric positions of 251 asteroids and 32 comets.
Residuals are +0.01 +/- 0.36 in R.A. and -0.05 +/- 0.24 in DEC.

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