Comet Schwassmann - Wachmann 3/73P

Fragmenting Comet in Hercules

Uploaded 4/29/06

This exciting comet continues to brighten and increase in size dramatically from just last week. The primary C compnent is the main comet, and B had split off on the way in to the sun. The B fragment does not appear to be splitting anymore, the nucleus is one diffuse glow. The visual appearance of these 7th magnitude objects is that B is a large circular glowing patch with little tail, and C is much more concentrated in the core, and had a 1 degree long tail in the 7x50's.

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Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics 1200 QMD CCD Camera: SBIG 10XME NABG with Enhanced Water Cooling Guider: SBIG ST4 Exposure: LRGB = 15:5:5:5 (RGB Binned 2x2) RGB Combine Ratio: 1: 1.05: 1.11 Filters: AstroDon RGB Tricolor Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing FWHM = 5 arcsec (Maxim DL - 1 min subframe), Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 35 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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