Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan: an image (2 Jan. 2019)
Comet 60P/Tsuchinshan orbits the Sun with a period of 6.56 years. Its last perihelion passage happened on 11 Dec. 2018. We are pleased to share with you this image.
The image above comes from the sigma combination of seven, 300-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy. The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion of Comet 60/P, so stars left trails on the background. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.
The comet show a nice, little tail pointing NW. We plan to observe it again in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.
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