2001Q4 NEAT on Jul 23, 2004

Date & Time: Jul 23 2004, from 22:24 to 22:35 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 150 seconds exposed
Optical: TAKAHASHI 16cm(6.3") epsilon (f=530mm, F3.3)
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024 x 2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto

This image shows you the comet NEAT greatly went away from the Earth. In that day the comet is positioned around between alpha and beta UMa with a brightness of 9th magnitude. Although the comet is very dimmed, somehow I could detect its coma with naked eyes through telescope.
The comet NEAT will be a circumpolar star from this time on, we can chase it for some time with an aid of larger telescopes.

2001Q4 NEAT on Oct 23, 2004

2001Q4 NEAT on Jun 5, 2004

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