2002T7 LINEAR on early morning of Apr 25, 2004

Date & Time: Apr 25 2004, from 03:57 to 04:00 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 20 seconds exposed
Optical: TAMURON SP f=300mmF2.8, Aperture: F2.8
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024 x 2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO800, White Balance...Daylight

In end of April 2004, I've captured the comet 2002T7 LINEAR in eastern lower sky in dawn light. The comet has a brightness of about 4th magnitude and an indistinct tail stretching about 1 degree. The sky was getting brighter and brighter, the comet vanished beyond morning light only after several minutes. The comet LINEAR passed the perihelion two days before, and will move to western evening sky, be a naked-eye comet with the comet NEAT(C/2001Q4) in May 2004.
And in that day, actually we could see another new comet of Bradfield (C/2004F4) in ENE lower sky. But unfortunately I couldn't catch it in camera because of some trees.

2002T7 LINEAR on Apr 29, 2004

2002T7 LINEAR on Jan 31, 2004

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