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(10094) EijiKato =1991 DK 1991 Feb.20 by T. Seki(Geisei) (18365) Shimomoto=1990 WN5 1990 Nov.17 by T. Seki(Geisei)The photograph below was taken in the year when the minor planet Eijikato was discovered in 1991. By making a double exposure (by exposing once and then making another exposure with the telescope moved slightly to the north) a moving astronomical object in the solar system can be identified easily. (A minor planet shows a diagonal motion unlike the stars.) Comets are searched for in the same method. Geisei has detected about 1500 minor planets since 1982, 222 of which have been confirmed and each is given a number. We still continue to patrol the sky, but most bright minor planets have already been discovered. Our chance of discovery, though very slim, will be limited to those fainter than 18th magnitude.