Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Hydra (Hya)  ·  Contains:  NGC 5556
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Comet PanSTARRS departs, 


            José J. Chambó
Comet PanSTARRS departs
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Technical card

Imaging cameras: Apogee Aspen CG16070

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ASA 16" Astrograph

Dates:Aug. 26, 2016

Frames: 3x180" (9')

Integration: 9'

Avg. Moon age: 23.58 days

Avg. Moon phase: 35.01%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1232036

RA center: 14h 19' 29"

DEC center: -28° 53' 2"

Pixel scale: 3.906 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 87.257 degrees

Field radius: 0.734 degrees

Resolution: 620x535

Locations: Siding Spring - NSW (Australia), Siding Spring Observatory, New South Wales, Australia


Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) was visible with binoculars a few months ago. Imaged here on August 26 2016 when is definitively moving out from inside Solar System losing fast its brightness, in spite of which this image taken with a high sensibility remote equipment from Siding Spring Observatories complex in Australia, achieves to show its faint dust trail extending with 1 degree long (as two full moons) departing from its head green tinted due to emission of carbonic gas.

Aside from several tiny galaxies scattered by the field, at right bottom highlights the galaxy NGC 5556 type spiral barred that was discovered by John Herschel in 1834.

Posted in my Blog Cometografia.es


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Comet PanSTARRS departs, 


            José J. Chambó

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