Completing part 3/3 of my photos with celebrities month. Gary hug is an amateur astronomer in Kansas who tracks and sometimes finds asteroids, especially ones that are on a course bringing them near Earth.
He has so far discovered 40 asteroids (according to wikipedia) and has tracked countless others. He uses a database from the Minor Planet Center and looks up the most threatening objects to get a better read and its motion. Once a good measure of location is taken on 3-4 nights, you can pretty much predict where it will be for hundreds of years.
This is what it looks like when the telescope is being calibrated (note that the time is not Kansas time)
This is what the asteroid looks like through the telescope. The software digitally moves the image along the path that the asteroid is expected to be moving in. This results in streaked stars (over the ~7 min exposure), but the actual asteroid shows up as a nice Gaussian peak.
Here is an NPR article about him. I really hope he discovers an asteroid that will be a very close near miss to earth, encouraging humanity to make a real investment in actively protecting our planet from NEO.