Visibility III / V
46P/Wirtanen is still actively emitting CN cyanogen radical gas jets and it's distance from Earth is about 0,18AU. Here in first image Wirtanen is exposed 3 hours at near UV 387nm narrowband wavelength, where about 30' diameter coma is visible. In the second image Wirtanen is exposed with R filter, where short dust tail of length 3' toward PA 210° is visible.
I made also almost all night long exposures with CN 387nm cyanogen filter, totalling of more than 10 hours of 5 minute exposures during 11 hour of observing time. Few clouds was passing over during evening and meridian flip must also be done, so the animation is not exactly continuous. Third image/animation is the result of these 10 separate one hour stacked exposures showing corkscrew / pinwheel effect.
Animation 1) Exposures with CN Semrock 387/15nm
- CometCIEF processed
- 10 frames each 12x300s=1h, totalling 10 hours in 11 hours observing time, starting 2019-01-11 16:10 UTC and ending 2019-01-12 03:10 UTC
Image 2) Exposures with CN Semrock 387/15nm
- 38x300s=190min bin2x2 1,68"/px
- Starting 2019-01-11 23:55 UTC
Image 3) Exposures with Astrodon R
- 25x30s bin2x2 1,68"/px
- Starting 2019-01-11 15:35 UTC