Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Update on the fragmenting comet 213P Van Ness

Comet 213P Van Ness Imaged with the 2m
Faulkes Telescope at F10
Just a quick one...we imaged this with 120s R band exposures (R = Red filter) which, 120s with a 2m telescope means you get in VERY DEEP!!.. we took about 30 mins of images in 120s bursts, stacked em all together, and managed to detect objects down to magnitude 22..

No fragments seem to be present near the comet, but...12 degrees above the ecliptic, we did find a totally new minor planet ...at magnitude 20.3 - a good day then! Here's the comet, and a lot of faint fuzzies in the background

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