Magnitude estimates of Vesta compared to BAA Handbook predictions
Minor Planet 6411 'TAMAGA' observed in Leo during February 22nd 1999 at visual magnitude 15.5. The Minor Planet was named in honour of 'The Astronomer' magazine.
The fast moving asteroid 1998 FX-2 is one of the faintest Minor Planets seen from my Birmingham observatory. First observed at magnitude 14.2 on March 30th, it faded to magnitude 15.7 by April 21st. During this time the Minor Planet covered some 45 degrees, moving swiftly from Coma to Corona Borealis.
This Minor Planet was discovered by UK amateur Brian Manning, and named after one of the UK's leading astronomical imagers - Martin Mobberley. The Minor Planet came to opposition in August 2003 in Aquarius. The observations resulting in this light curve were made visually with the 46cm reflector, with USNO A2.0 magnitudes used as comparison sources. This could possible be the lowest numbered asteroid ever observed visually from the UK, and is certainly the faintest I have ever seen visually.