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Reports from Geisei Observatory<December 26, 2002>

• Photograph of C/2002 V1(NEAT)
This comet may become bright in the western sky in February. It was very diffuse in the 20cm refractor at 60x, when observed at 18:00 on Christmas Eve. The coma was about 5' across and the total magnitude was somewhere between 8.5 and 9. The Metcalf method was used to track the fast-moving comet for 3 minutes over a distance of 10" to the west. The tail was not visible at all.
The predictions were published in the Comet Bulletin 503.
[Photo of C/2002 V1(NEAT)]
C/2002 V1(NEAT)
18:15-18:33 on December 24, 2002
60cm f/3.5 reflector on 6415 film

Copyright (C) 2002 Tsutomu Seki.