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Comet Garradd looking good!


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Hi all,

Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd seems to be strangely neglected right now.

It's still brightening at around mag. 6.5, and is quite high in the morning sky in Hercules. I made it out really easily in this morning's twilight with 10x50 binoculars, although to me it just appears as a fuzzy blob with barely any indication of a tail. However, in images there is a delicate and fine tail curving away from it. Here are some images captured with an SXVF-H9, 15 x 200s exposures, with a 250mm f/4.7 Newtonian, and stacked in DeepSkyStacker. The background has some gradient as the morning twilight was starting to fog the images.

This one has the stacking centred on the comet

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This is a single 200 second frame:

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This one has the stacking centred on the stars

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And here's an animation of the comet's movement over the 50 minutes

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And, finally, for comparison, here's an image of the comet which I captured back in September 2011

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