Comet Machholz on Apr 16, 2005

Date & Time: Apr 16 2005, from 24:51 to 24:59 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 2 minutes 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

It was very good transparency condition, I could detect the comet Machholz easily in that day with a binocular. And this image shows you a dimmed dust tail stretched in west direction. The comet has a coma brightness of about 7.5th magnitude, almost same with that captured last week.

Machholz on May 7, 2005

Machholz on Apr 8 & 9, 2005

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