Comet Itagaki on Mar 20, 2009

Date & Time: Mar 20 2009, from 19:07 to 19:29 JST(+0900)
Composed 6 shots with 4 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with a conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Nikon D50 (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3008 x 2000)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600

This image shows you the comet Itagaki 7 days later of its discovery. I could detect a clear bluish coma with a beightness of 10th magnitude. Although any tails could not be detected, a coma has a bit fan-like structure spread in southern direction.
The comet Itagaki will close to the sun and be dimmer from now on, cannot be observed in April 2009.

Itagaki on Mar 28, 2009

Lulin on Apr 17, 2009

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