55P/Tempel-Tuttle image of the day

February 22, 1998, 0:07 UT

Image comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle

Credit & Copyright: Paul Gitto (Email: paulgitto[at] aol.com), Arcturus Observatory, Whiting, NJ.

Comparison of images taken on February 2 and February 22: the comet's degree of condensation has gone up from about 3 to 7. The February 22 image is a series of 8, 3minute exposures taken with a Meade 10" LX 200 F/10 and used with an Optec .33 Focal Reducer, which maximizes the telescope's CCD capabilities at F/3.3. The camera is a Pictor 416XT autoguider/imager. A log scale is applied to bring out the faint coma.

Last updated: February 25, 1998
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