Comet C/2013 UQ4 Catalina: a new image (12 July 2014)
Despite the VERY bright Moon, this morning at Virtual Telescope we imaged again comet C/2013 UQ4 Catalina.
The image above comes from 19, 180-seconds exposures, median combined to remove the presence of the stars and leave the comet well visible in its complete morphology. They were remotely taken with the 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. As we did with the previous observations, the telescope’s mount tracked the apparent motion of the comet.
The interference by the Moon was very strong and only the brightest coma was visible. The central condensation is now looking stellar again, without the elongation it was showing the previous morning.
The image scale is 1.26″/pixel, North is on the right, East on the top.
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