Comet Schwassmann - Wachmann 3/73P

"C" Fragment

Incoming Disintegrating Comet in Corona Borealis

Uploaded 4/20/06

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This 9 minute exposure reveals the comets highly dusty nature, a brownish yellow coloration and no ionized gas to be seen anywhere. Each subframe had to be kept under 1 minute to keep the rapidly moving comet from trailing in the images. Now at 8.5 magnitude and visibly faintly in binoculars, this incoming object has now split into 22 fragments. This is the main body and the brightest piece by far.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics 1200 QMD CCD Camera: SBIG 10XME NABG with Enhanced Water Cooling Guider: none Exposure: RGB = 3:3:3 (RGB Binned 2x2) 30s subframes RGB Combine Ratio: 1: 1.05: 1.11 Filters: AstroDon RGB Tricolor Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing FWHM = 8 arcsec (Maxim DL - 10min subframe), Transparency 4/10 Outside Temperature: 45 F CCD Temperature: -30 C Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop, PixInsight HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS


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