Comets 46P
Taken by Maximilian Teodorescu on December 25, 2018 @ Comana, Romania
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Date Taken: 2018:12:26 02:37:28
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A lovely evening with beautiful sunset colors. A nice drive to the Comana Woods with my brother-in-law. After that superb sunset our hopes for observing comet 46P Wirtanen were almost gone: a rapidly forming cloud covered the entire sky for about one hour. As a cold wind started, the cloud miraculously vanished into thin air, and we could see comet Wirtanen with the naked eye. A small, faint patch of light just left of the star Capella. My estimation was visual magnitude +4.7.

I did get, for the next hour or so, the chance to image the comet through a small 65mm refractor. The comet is now much dimmer compared to my last observation, 10 days ago.

There is a hint of a tail, faintly seen in the second image, where the Larson-Sekanina inset also shows it. It is confirmed by other amateurs.

Equipment: TS 65Q APO F/6.5 Refractor, ASI 1600MMC Pro (bin 1×1, gain 100), Baader RGB filters, EQ6, unguided. Luminance: 34x30secs exposures tracked either on the comet or the background. RGB: 4x30sec each. Processing in DepSkyStacker, Registax, AstraImage, Photoshop.
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