Comet 2009P1 Garradd on Mar 24, 2012

Date & Time: Mar 24 2012, from 22:15 to 22:39 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 8 minutes exposed
Optical: TAKAHASHI 16cm(6.3") epsilon (f=530mm, F3.3)
with IDAS LPS-P1 Light-pollution suppression filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial & SBIG STV
Digital Camera: Nikon D700
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(2784 x 1848)
Device Size...DX format (24 x 16mm)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600

This image shows you the comet Garradd positioned in northern Ursa Major. The comet is lying at about 5.5 degrees SSE of Bode's galaxies (M81 & M82), has visual brightness of about 6th magnitude, almost same as that in last month. Now the comet has been a circumpolar star, apparent directions of dust and ion tails have changed to NE and SSE, respectively.

Garradd on May 12, 2012

Garradd on Feb 18, 2012

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