Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

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Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Postby Pete Lawrence » Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:10 pm

Fragment B has brightened considerably over the past few days. Here are a couple of shots taken over the past couple of days.

[url=http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/comets/73P.html]http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/comets/73P.html[/url]

Note the wide field shot is about as wide as I can telescopically. A 4 degree separation is equivalent to 8 full Moons!
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RE: Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Postby andrew short » Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:26 pm

Hi Pete,
Roughly what magnitude would you estimate it is at present?

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Postby jsc248 » Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:26 pm

Nice pictures as usual Peter, well captured.
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RE: Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Postby Pete Lawrence » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:00 pm

[quote]Roughly what magnitude would you estimate it is at present? [/quote]

C is about +10.5 and B a little brighter than +11.5 I'd estimate from my images. Unfortunately I didn't look visually (I never do thesedays [;)]).
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Postby andrew short » Fri Apr 07, 2006 5:36 pm

Thanks Pete,
I should be able to spot them using my 130mm reflector once the moon is out of the way.I'll try to photograph them in early May,but it will have to be with film,using my old Praktica MTL50 SLR.

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RE: Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Postby les » Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:06 am

HI All,
Managed to see it visually this morning with my 12" Dobbo near HIP 7364 about 6 degrees SE of Izar its very faint because of the Moonglow and it it appears to have a short tail.
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Postby big dipper » Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:23 am

Hi Les, remind me, what sort of magnitude skies are you observing from? Congrats on finding it, BTW. [:D]
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Postby big binoculars » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:40 am

hi,guys,saw 73p,last night.used sky at night chart,to locate.
worked my way from corona borealis.fairly condensed,slight tail
visible from here.i,d est mag to be around 10.anyone else out last night!
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RE: Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Postby Pete Lawrence » Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:46 pm

Hi Andy, yes I was out. Great fun tracking some of the fragments. I've got more processing to do today but here are some of the images I've released so far...

http://www.digitalsky.org.uk/comets/73P.html



[image]local://5/2A25754913444061B799A0774CAEA252.jpg[/image]
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Postby big binoculars » Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:20 pm

hi,pete fantastic images,from a fellow s.p.a. man.
i,m not sure what fragment i,m watching,but it,s there.
i,m hoping for a lot more sightings.it seemed faint from my location,
and was near the star alphekka.
cheers,andy.what mag do you estimate it,s at.
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