Observing asteroids is different from the other solar system objects you may have observed. These solar system objects are faint and are often moving quickly, so that the window for making observations may be quite short. This page contains hints and tips on observing Near Earth Asteroids.
Helping Observers to Find and Characterize NEAs
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Amateur Astronomers observe 2012 da14 - Turn your speakers down or up for the music that plays with this over view of an astronomical expedition to observe the crossing of 2012 DA14 in February 2013 from from J.D.Strikis
Asteroid Data Hunter - Armchair astronomers, discover new asteroids @home! NASA provides an app to identify asteroids in images.
Robert K. Buchheim discusses amateur observations of asteroid phase curves and other topics. Research papers on observing asteroids include H-G parameters of asteroid phase curves, photometric study of 371 Bohemia, and lightcurves of 755 Quintilla and 147 Protogenia.
Brian D. Warner, owner/director of the Palmer Divide Observatory recipient of the Shoemaker award - link on the observation page is broken, fill out more information and put in a name anchor to click on it.
IOTA sponsors the North American Asteroidal Occultation Program - IOTA members observe occultations of asteroids and other solar system objects. Observers share their knowledge and asteroid observing expertise. Asteroid in the solar system occult distant stars. The star is usually several magnitudes brighter than the asteroid and may be too faint to be detected in a small telescope. Observers find the star to be occulted and monitor it for any drop in brightness that means the asteroid is in front of the star. This last for only a few seconds and there may be multiple events. Observations are collected and published regularly.