Comet Machholtz on Oct 22 & 23, 2004


Date & Time: Oct 22 2004, from 26:37 to 27:00 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 7 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
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...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto





Date & Time: Oct 23 2004, from 25:48 to 26:06 JST(+0900)
Composed 6 shots with 3 minutes exposed
Optical: TAMRON SP f=300mmF2.8 with conversion lens (f=420mm, Aperture: F4.0)
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




Comet Machholtz in this day has positioned in Columba, almost same position with that captured 1 week ago (Oct 16). The comet has a visual brightness of about 8th magnitude and a coma with a diameter of about 5 arc minutes. A lower image taken with a telephoto lens shows you a clear and short tail in west direction being a bit warped. I could detect it in field of view of portable binocular, it seems brighter satisfactorily.




Machholtz on Nov 6, 2004

Machholtz on Oct 16, 2004


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