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Reports from Geisei Observatory <February 10, 2003>

• A color photograph of C/2002 V1(NEAT)
C/2002 V1 is in the evening sky, but the faint tail is not visible clearly due to glow from Kochi City. In the photo the comet's tail is not long because the sky glow is much brighter than the tail itself. Although I drive 40 kilometers from home to get away from light pollution, ironically I seem to drive into it. The first color photo was taken on February 3. Many observers report that the comet is not seen due to its proximity to the Sun, but Ms Emiko Matsuda of Sendai City reports it was visible at magnitude 3 in binoculars on February 9.
[C/2002 V1(NEAT)]
C/2002 V1(NEAT)
One-minute exposure from 18:50 on February 3, 2003
60-cm f/3.5 reflector
ISO 3200 N color film
Tsutomu Seki at Geisei Observatory
(The photo is trimmed.)

Copyright (C) 2003 Tsutomu Seki.