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  • Minor Planet Discovery Sites

    The following table lists the total number of discoveries made at each of the most prolific discovery sites, arranged in decreasing order of number of discoveries.

    This list was last updated on 2016 Aug. 20.


     Rank Discoveries     Between    Site name
    
        1   145577       1960-2012   Lincoln Laboratory ETS, New Mexico
        2   106002       1960-2015   Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak-Spacewatch
        3    44151       1960-2015   Mt. Lemmon Survey
        4    33000       1960-2012   Palomar Mountain/NEAT
        5    24711       1973-2014   Catalina Sky Survey
        6    20630       1993-2008   Lowell Observatory-LONEOS
        7    16383       1960-2016   Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala
        8     7634       1993-2010   Haleakala-AMOS
        9     6829       1949-2008   Palomar Mountain
       10     5677       1976-2011   European Southern Observatory, La Silla
       11     4779       1994-2012   LPL/Spacewatch II
       12     2820       1960-2013   OAM Observatory, La Sagra
       13     2476       1991-2002   Oizumi
       14     2283       1992-2013   Siding Spring Survey
       15     2270       1977-2014   WISE
       16     1847       1975-2007   Siding Spring Observatory
       17     1559       2001-2008   Desert Eagle Observatory
       18     1495       1998-2006   Apache Point-Sloan Digital Sky Survey
       19     1404       1995-2001   Visnjan
       20     1345       1991-2013   Palomar Mountain--PTF
       21     1334       1996-2005   Campo Imperatore-CINEOS
       22     1286       1966-2007   Crimea-Nauchnij
       23     1271       1982-2002   Peking Observatory, Xinglong Station
       24     1170       1997-2008   Reedy Creek
       25      949       1996-1999   Caussols-ODAS
       26      898       1977-2002   Klet Observatory, Ceske Budejovice
       27      843       1996-2010   Goodricke-Pigott Observatory, Tucson
       28      827       1990-2013   Purple Mountain Observatory, XuYi Station
       29      825       1891-2007   Heidelberg-Konigstuhl
       30      811       1994-2013   Bergisch Gladbach
       31      723       1987-2000   Kushiro
       32      722       1977-2011   Observatoire Chante-Perdrix, Dauban
       33      709       1994-2008   Ondrejov
       34      706       1973-2009   Lowell Observatory, Anderson Mesa Station
       35      701       1981-2012   Kitt Peak
       36      697       1987-2008   Kitami
       37      663       1995-2003   Prescott
       38      623       1960-2013   Oukaimeden Observatory, Marrakech
       39      620       2004-2007   Apache Point
       40      612       1977-2013   Tenagra II Observatory, Nogales
       41      593       1995-2013   University of Szeged, Piszkesteto Stn. (Konkoly)
       42      567       1994-2011   Crni Vrh
       43      566       1995-2002   Haleakala-NEAT/GEODSS
       44      539       1961-1995   Karl Schwarzschild Observatory, Tautenburg
       45      531       1977-2014   Space Surveillance Telescope, Atom Site
       46      521       1996-2011   Bisei Spaceguard Center-BATTeRS
       47      509       1994-2013   ESA Optical Ground Station, Tenerife
       48      505       1992-2012   Mauna Kea
       49      503       1999-2003   Fountain Hills
       50      497       1995-2011   iTelescope Observatory, Mayhill