Comet 81P Wild 2 on Apr 17, 2010

Date & Time: Apr 17 2010, from 24:04 to 25:36 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 10 minutes exposed
Optical: TAKAHASHI 12.5cm(4.9") Fluorite refractor (f=1000mm, F8.0)
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 shows you the comet Wild 2 with 10th magnitude in brightness positioned in eastern region of Virgo. The comet has a long dust tail stretched toward west direction sticking out of field of sight, still has active figure. You can see a minor galaxy of NGC5498 at 10 arc minutes east of the comet, belonging to the Virgo Cluster.

2009K5 McNaught on Mar 13, 2010

Wild 2 on Mar 21, 2010

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