Comet C/2013 UQ4 Catalina: a new image (13 Aug. 2014)

C/2013 UQ4 Catalina: 13 Aug. 2014

C/2013 UQ4 Catalina: 13 Aug. 2014

After ten days from our last observations, at Virtual Telescope we imaged comet C/2013 UQ4 Catalina again, despite it was only around 30 degrees above the western horizon, ad dusk.

The image above comes from 5, 180-seconds exposures, median combined to limit the presence of the stars and leave the comet  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 low above the western horizon, while the sky was still a bit bright because of the twilight.

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

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