Comet 46P/Wirtanen, an image from the perihelion eve – 11 Dec. 2018
On its perihelion eve, we grabbed new images of comet 46P/Wirtanen, enjoying its huge coma as usual. Here it is our image.
The image above comes from the average of twelve, 180-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 comet Wirtanen, so stars left trails on the background. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.
Once again, we concentrated on the inner coma, where the nucleus is placed, carefully processing our images to assure the best vision. You can see our past images of the same object here.
We plan to follow comet 46P intensively and we will also share it live, online, soon, so stay tuned!
NB: we have here a quick guide for you to observe comet Wirtanen personally!
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