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Reports from Geisei Observatory <October 2, 2018>

A photographic image of 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann in outburst

    29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann draws the observers' attention by occasional outbursts. We photographed this comet after the news of this brightening came to hand from overseas. The coma was at 11.8 magnitude with the nucleus appearing slightly off-centered. It has certainly brightened because it is usually at 15th magnitude. It will be easily visible in a 20cm-aperture telescope. It will be due south at midnight near Pisces. This image was captured with a 2-minute exposure using the 70cm f/5 reflector and Nikon D700 at ISO1600.


Photographed approximately at 20:30 on October 1, 2018
70cm f/5 reflector, Nikon D700, 2-minute exposure

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