Comet C/2012 S1 Ison: a new image (14 Sept. 2013)

 

Comet C/2012 S1 Ison: 14 Sept. 2013

Comet C/2012 S1 Ison: 14 Sept. 2013

After a few days of cloudy skies, the weather decided it was time for another clear night at the Virtual Telescope site.

Early in the morning of 14 Sept. 2013, the PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit was slewed to the comet and several images were captured. The one above is the average of seven, 120 seconds, unfiltered exposures, with a scale of 1.2″/pixel. The nucleus magnitude was estimated at mag 15.0 (preliminary value). The comet was a bit better placed than previous nights, so the signal was significantly improved.

Below is an image showing magnitudes for a couple of stars in the field.

 

Comet C/2012 S1 Ison with magitudes: 14 Sept. 2013

Comet C/2012 S1 Ison with magitudes: 14 Sept. 2013

 

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