55P/Tempel-Tuttle image of the day

February 27, 1998, 18:48 UT.

Image comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle

Credit & Copyright: Herman Mikuz, Crni Vhr Observatory, Slovenia.

False-color image of comet Tempel-Tuttle obtained with a 19-cm f/4 flat field S-C telescope and CCD camera, using a diatomic carbon (C2) filter. The exposure time was 5 minutes. Note a trace of a delicate tail toward the PA ~65o.

Cathy Hall (Canada) reported:

Last night, February 26/27, I headed out on my own west of Ottawa to Rolf
and Linda Meier's place, and set up my scope in their driveway to try for
Tempel-Tuttle.  And - I got it!!  What an interesting little comet!  In my
4.7 inch f8.5 refractor, it was easy to star-hop to, and easily visible in
my low power eyepiece, a 2 inch 50mm Plossl.  It was very tiny, almost like
a faint fuzzy star.  In my 1.25 inch 13mm Plossl it showed as bright and
condensed.  In spite of being right in the middle of a lot of zodiacal
light, the comet was easy to find and see, just up to the right of Saturn.
If any of you haven't had a look at it yet - go for it!!  It is much easier
to see than the estimated magnitude of 10.5 would tend to imply!  
Don't be put off by the magnitude - this comet was easy to see last night in
my 4.7 inch scope!!

Last updated: March 09, 1998
P. Jenniskens