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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


This is a single 200 second frame:


This one has the stacking centred on the stars


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


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


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