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Binocular comet Iwamoto - 24.2.2019 at 20.16 - 24.2.2019 at 23.33 Helsinki, Maunula Observation number 81439

Visibility III / V

Jorma Ryske, Etelä-Suomen kosmol. seura

Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto is in Auriga and still quite near earth at distance 0,55AU and moving fast 5'/h westwards.


Animation 1) Iwamoto through CN 387nm narrowband filter, 36x5 minute exposures during 3 hour observing time. Three stacked images each 12x5min=1 hour and then CometCIEF processed to 3 frame animation showing CN cyanogen jet rotating around comet optocenter ccw from about PA 0° to about PA 70°. Error marginal in PA measurement is significant. N Up, E Left, FoV 14'x14'. Stacked frames mid times 2019-02-24T18:53UT, 2019-02-24T20:00UT and 2019-02-24T21:02UT.

Image 2) Astrodon G filter, 15x30s exposure, 2019-02-24T18:16UT, FoV 47'x 38'. Coma diameter about 7'.

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Additional information
  • Observation target
    • Comet
  • Name of the observation target
    • C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
    • Keskitaso
  • Coma diameter
  • 7 kaariminuuttia
  • Weather
    • +4C, strong wind gusts
  • Visibility of the comet
    • Binocular comet
Technical information

305mm/1200mm F4 Newton, TS2Korrr 0,75x F2.9 coma corrector/reducer => 906mm focal length, QSI690wsg ccd camera (Sony ICX814), Semrock 387nm/15nm filter, Astrodon Gen2 G filter, iOptron CEM60 mount FoV 47'x 38'

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