Comet 29P/Schwassmann–Wachmann: an image (10 Sept. 2018)
Comet 29P/Schwassmann–Wachmann is one of the most studied dirty snowballs out there, as it shows frequent outburst, making it a unique object. We observed this comet many times over the year, but quite oddly we never posted an image on this website. So here it is a recent one!
The image above comes from the average of five, 300-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at the Virtual Telescope Project. The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion of comet 29P, so stars left trails on the background. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.
We planned to monitor this comet, to cover one of its future outbursts.
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