Comet Tempel 2 on Jul 17, 2010

Date & Time: Jul 17 2010, from 26:34 to 26:44 JST(+0900)
Composed 6 shots with 2 minutes exposed
Optical: TAKAHASHI 16cm(6.3") epsilon with a conversion lens (f=768mm, F4.8)
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Digital Camera: Nikon D700
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(2784 x 1848)
Device Size...DX format (24 x 16mm)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO6400

The comet Tempel 2 in that day, the first obsevation after its outburst, has positioned in 3 degrees ENE from iota Ceti. I could detect a dimmed 8th magnitude coma with a diameter of about 5 arc minutes through a telescope-aided eyes. Although some observers reported the existence of faint dust trail in east west direction, this image can hardly recognize it.

Tempel 2 on Aug 12, 2010

2009R1 McNaught on early morning of Jun 17, 2010

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