Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques: a new image (25 July 2014)
After the first observations via the Virtual Telescope, comet C/2014 E2 Jacques improved its visibility from our location and we managed to visit it again.
The image above comes from the average of 9, 180-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The telescope’s mount tracked the apparent motion of the comet. At the imaging time, the comet was at ONLY 20 degrees above the horizon: despite this, the ion tail is very well visible, with intriguing details.
The image scale is 1.26″/pixel.
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