Comet Loneos C/2001 OG1

April 15, 2002

Uploaded 4/15/02

A very fast and dim object, Comet Loneos beams near Polaris at 9.5 magnitude. A broad fan tail spanning 5 arcmins points nortward composed of primarily dust. The comet will become very well placed over thenext month, heading from the Pole through Ursa Major and directly toward Leo. On April 22, the comet will fly directly over the 10th magnitude galaxy NGC 2841 in UMa.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
Platform:  Astrophysics 1200 QMD
CCD Camera:  SBIG ST7E w/Enhanced Cooling
Exposure:  L = 19x15s
Filters:  UV
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing FMHW = 2.3 arcsec, Transparency 6/10
Outside Temperature:  10 C
CCD Temperature:  -25 C
Processing:  Maxim DL, Photoshop, AIP4WIN, PW Pro.




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