Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma: an image (1 Jan. 2019)
We managed to see comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma again, on its way back to the outer Solar System. It was a rewarding sight, as you can see from this image.
The image above comes from the sigma clipping combination of eleven, 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 38P/Stephan-Oterma, so stars left trails on the background. The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.
The sigma clipping technique limits the impact of the star trails on the image, making the comet visible much better.
The object shows a nice tail, pointing West: how beautiful it is!
We plan to keep an eye on this comet, so stay tuned.
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