55P/Tempel-Tuttle image of the day

January 11, 1998, 5:23 - 6:15 UT

Image comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle

Credit & Copyright: Paul Gitto at Arcturus Observatory, Whiting, NJ.

Series of cropped 1-minute exposures taken with a Meade 10" LX 200 F/10, used at @ F/3.3, and Pictor 416XT camera during near full-Moon (96%) conditions. Field of view is approx. 15 arc minutes high and 7 arc minutes wide. The comet was 1.24 AU from the Sun and 0.43 AU from Earth.

Another 660 kb mpeg movie is available that consists of 102 30-seconds CCD pictures. This movie is courtesy Stefano Sposetti, Gnosca, Switzerland, and placed in the Astronomical Image Data Archive. The movie shows the motion of the comet Tempel-Tuttle (55P) taken on January 11th 1998 between 21h15m UT and 22h11m UT. The images were taken with a Celestron 8inch, f:6,3 and an Hi-Sis22 CCD camera using 2x2 binning mode. The field of view spans 9.2 x 10.4 arcminutes. North is up, East is left. The comet was traveling in the Ursa Major constellation, East in the evening sky. The brightness of the comet is between 14 and 15 mag. The images were preprocessed only and visualized in negative b/w.

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