Comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova on early morning of Oct 4, 2011

Date & Time: Oct 3 2011, from 27:36 to 27:50 JST(+0900)
Composed 8 shots with 2 minutes exposed
Optical: TAKAHASHI 16cm(6.3") epsilon (f=530mm, F3.3)
with IDAS LPS-V3 Light-pollution suppression filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Digital Camera: Nikon D700
Location: Kujihama, Hitachi city, Ibaraki pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(2784 x 1848)
Device Size...DX format (24 x 16mm)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO3200

The comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova in that day was my first observation, positioned at 8 degrees southeast of Regulus. I could observe a condensed 7th magnitude coma and a long tail in WNW direction with its length of over 2 degrees. The comet has already passed perihelion, we will able to chase it from now on with good condition.

Hergenrother on Oct 12, 2012

Spectrum of Garradd on early morning of Jan 29, 2012

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