Friday, February 17, 2017

COMET 45P Taken by Alessio Vaccaro on February 8, 2017 @ Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Between a cloud and another I finally got it: the comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková after the perihelion. This photo was taken in Sicily on the night between 8-9 February 2017. The comet, during the shot, was distant about 0,93 AU from the Sun. It, as expected, exhibits only a coma and not a tail. More info about the shot on my project-website:

Unfortunately I was able to catch one shot only after 4 hours of waiting. I used a APO refractor 80/480mm, a Canon EOS 60D on an HEQ5. The system was guided with a QHY5L-II and a 60mm scope.

Date: February 7-8 2017
Time: 5:30 am
Location: Cefalù (Palermo)
Camera: Canon EOS 60D (unmodded)
Shot: ISO800, shutter time 180s, no filters.
Telescope: TS Apo 80/480mm f6 with field flattener
Guiding: QHY5L-II, 60mm scope
Sky conditions: poor


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