Imaging comets in the twilight

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Imaging comets in the twilight

Post by rwilkinson » Sat May 09, 2020 11:50 am

Last night I got some more images of the demise of comet 2019 Y4 (ATLAS), which began to disintegrate last month.
It was also a test of imaging a comet low down in the evening twilight, as a practice for C/2020 F8 (SWAN) later this month.

Sunset was only at 20:53, so it wasn't that dark by 10pm, but I could just see Polaris in my polar-scope and Capella for alignment and focussing.
I got my first image of the comet at 10:15, when the sky background was so light that I had to limit my exposures to 30-sec:
Comet 2019 Y4 on 8-May. 40x 30-sec with Mx716 on C8 at f/3.5.
c2019y4_8may_30s.jpg (44.07 KiB) Viewed 1918 times

But by 10:40 it was dark enough to increase the exposures to 60-sec:
Comet 2019 Y4 on 8-May. 26x 60-sec with Mx716 on C8 at f/3.5.
c2019y4_8may_60s.jpg (50.25 KiB) Viewed 1918 times

By the time I packed up at 11:15 this comet was still 27 degrees above the horizon, whereas SWAN will only be around 15 degrees at 11pm on the 28th - but it should be much brighter...

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