Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

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Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Post by rwilkinson » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:22 am

This is a normally-inconspicuous object of the Centaur group, which orbits between Jupiter and Saturn. But it's also well-known for producing outbursts, which make it somewhat brighter. One of these was reported at the end of last month, so last night I had a look for it from my garden.
Although it's fairly low in the sky in Aquarius, I could see it on 90-second exposures with my old Mx716 CCD camera (attached to my C8 telescope operating at f/3.3).
Comet 29P on 9-Oct. 40x 90-sec with Mx716 on C8 at f/3.3
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This brings my tally of comet detections up to one hundred - 97 of which have been in the last sixteen years, and half of those in the last three!

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Re: Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann

Post by DWatson » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:07 pm

Excellent :D ....only 3 to go Ross to hit the big 100....well done.

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