Comet Machholz on Feb 26, 2005


Date & Time: Feb 26 2005, from 18:57 to 19:03 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 90 seconds exposed
Optical: TAKAHASHI 16cm(6.3") epsilon (f=530mm, F3.3)
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

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




Polaris & Comet Machholz

Date & Time: Feb 26 2005, from 18:55 to 19:03 JST(+0900)
Composed 3 shots with 3 minutes exposed
Optical: AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm (f=85mm, Aperture: F4.0)
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial
Digital Camera: Nikon D70 (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 8bit TIFF(3008 x 2000)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO800




The comet Machholz in that day has positioned about 8degrees from the Polaris, having a coma with 6th magnitude. You can see a minor open cluster of NGC188 in second field picture.
The comet has an ion tail with a length of about 3 or 4 degrees and an indistinct fan-like dust tail.





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