In this paper we have shown that our program, which has the main advantage of usability within a complete astronomical data processing package (MIDAS), can give valuable results in the search for new TNOs. These results permit a much faster and efficient detection of new TNOs than the standard method of blinking. This is a key requirement for a re-observation by other observers and subsequent official registration by the IAU.
Because larger and larger CCDs are being developed, which directly increase the amount of data to process, the type of program described in this paper should see a rapid increase in use inside the astronomical community concerned with the search for new TNOs.
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