Friday, May 22, 2009
Comet C/2008 Q3 Garrad with globular cluster
Comet C/2008 Q3 Garrad is in outburst, but until recently I haven't been able to look for it due to cloud and rain. I had a go with binoculars last night, but couldn't see a thing, on the other hand the light pollution is worst to the south where I am, and I couldn't pick up anything in the 7.5-8.0 magnitude range near midnight (also, turbulence was really bad, stars twinkling almost to the zenith!). If you want to look, see the spotters maps here.
So I turned to the Global-Rent-a-Scope system (which had also been clouded out until tonight), and got this very nice image of C/2008 not far from the 8th magnitude globular cluster NGC 6362. Image taken with the widefield G12 using a 90 second 1x1 binned exposure with luminance filtering.
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