Comet Wild 2 on Mar 13, 2010

Date & Time: Mar 13 2010, from 26:10 to 26:41 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 10 minutes exposed
Optical: VIXEN 20cm(7.9") VISAC (f=1800mm, F9.0)
Auto-guided with VIXEN ATLUX Equatorial & Meade 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 has captured the comet Wild 2 going away from us at eastern region of Virgo. The comet has a coma with 10th magnitude in brightness and a dust tail with 15 arc minutes in length, almost same with that observed in last month. The ionized composition around coma has become dimmer.

Wild 2 on Mar 21, 2010

Wild 2 on Feb 18, 2010

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