Comet Kushida on Mar 20, 2009

Date & Time: Mar 20 2009, from 21:12 to 21:31 JST(+0900)
Composed 6 shots with 6 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

The comet Kushida in that day has been positioned about 1 degree northwest of beta Gem. The comet looks much dimmer than that in last month, has a brightness of about 11th magnitude. But you can see an ionized composition surrounding coma yet.

Lulin on early morning of Dec 29, 2008

Kushida on Feb 14, 2009

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