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Comet 103P/Hartley 2

Finally! Comet 103P/Hartley 2 Gets Pretty!

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So I’ve been crunching all night long on this comet. And I have learned oh so much! Why are the best nights always so arduous?

First, I’ve set up RealVNC because it is so cold outside. I can’t bear to sit there and freeze! Instead I’m controlling my Windows Vista machine which captures the images from my Mac, in the nice warmth of my living room. Ahh.

Next, I’ve tried guiding on stars and stacking, like I have been doing. However, it’s finally now bright enough that with 5 second pulses More >

Comet 103P Hartley Locations for October

Comet 103P/Hartley 2 Revisited!

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Comet 103P Hartley

This comet is much more fun than I had expected. October 5 and October 6 I was able to get some additional image time, in the Televue NP 101is. Unfortunately on both nights I was unable to get my autoguider to track the comet itself, so this first image is 14x 60 second exposures with the 1.5x Imaging Extender.

The second image I mixed it up a little bit: 16x 120 second exposures. The comet is beginning to show a tiny bit of a trail now. Interestingly this is less More >

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