Comet C/2013 UQ4 Catalina: a new image (03 Aug. 2014)

C/2013 UQ4 Catalina: 3 Aug. 2014

C/2013 UQ4 Catalina: 3 Aug. 2014

After almost ten days of cloudy/unfavorable weather, we imaged comet C/2013 UQ4 Catalina again, finding it much fainter than the 24 of July.

The image above comes from 13, 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 always, the telescope’s mount tracked the apparent motion of the comet. The object was setting and the sky was bright because of the Moon at its first quarter.

The image scale is 1.26″/pixel, North is on the right, East on the top.

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