344 Desiderata is a very large (132 km) main-belt asteroid. It is classified as a C-type asteroid and is probably composed of carbonaceous material.
It was discovered by Auguste Charlois on November 15, 1892, in Nice.
Link to CdR-CdL website:
Observation Francois KUGEL with
Processing Jerome CARON with AsPyLib library.
- 80mm F/5 refractor
- ST8300 SBig CCD camera (2x2 binning)
- IR 742nm cut-off filter
||Official (MPC, Harris database)
||Measured (fit with 8 Fourier terms)
|Rotation period (hours)
||10.7458 +/- 0.0011
|Rotation period (days)
||0.44774 +/- 0.00005
|Amplitude of mag variations
Magnitude during the observations: 11.9 to 12.0
Searching the period
Search of best fit using 6 harmonics.
Most likely period = 0.4477 days, this value corresponds to the official period.