Comet Wild 2 Faint Comet in Virgo

Uploaded 5/21/10

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 This 9.3rd magnitude object is currently the brightest comet in the evening sky. A surprise here was the nice low surface brightness band like tail, and the greenish coloration in the coma. After imaging the diminuative comet Vales that same night, this one was a real treat!

Comet Wild2 is a periodic comet with a period of 6.4 years. For the previeous apparition, this comet maxed out at 10th magnitude, and so this appearance

Optics: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph w/Baader MPCC Coma Corrector Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 12 x 5m = 60 mins Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 55F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS