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Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS, 


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Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade LX200 8" GPS

Imaging cameras: Atik Cameras Atik 383 L+ Color

Mounts: Meade Equatorial Wedge on Tripod

Software: Fitswork4

Dates:April 7, 2020

Frames: 12x60" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 0.2 hours

Darks: ~2

Bias: ~10

Avg. Moon age: 14.04 days

Avg. Moon phase: 99.41%

Temperature: 10.00

Astrometry.net job: 3390720

RA center: 7h 13' 52"

DEC center: +67° 52' 36"

Pixel scale: 1.162 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -5.755 degrees

Field radius: 0.251 degrees

Resolution: 1215x967

Locations: Home Observatory, Syke, Niedersachsen, Germany

Data source: Backyard


My first image of C/2019/Y4 Atlas.

Unfortunatley only a few subs, clouds came in.

It took me a long time to get to the actual position of the comet:

At my location the comet is located high up in the northern sky.
First I used Regulus in the south to focus and calibrate the telescope orientation.
When I gave the command to the actual comet position, the telescope moved the
"short path"by directly turnover to north and of course,
my camera bumped into the bottom of the fork!
( I forgot to remove the 0.63 focal reducer which used up the critical space)

Restarting all over again took some time and then I manually maneuvered via "the long path" from south to east and then high up to north to the target position.

All in all I wasted valuable time and I got only a few minutes left for imaging.

That's life....



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Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS, 



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