Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks: a new image – 29 Jan. 2024

We captured new images of comet 12P/Pons-Brooks without any interference from the Moon, using two different instruments.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks: 29 Jan. 2024.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks: 29 Jan. 2024.

The image above comes from the sigma clipping combination of 7, 180-second unfiltered exposures, remotely taken with the Celestron C14+Paramount ME+SBIG ST8-XME robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy. The resulting master frame was carefully processed to show the inner coma at its best.

A faint tail pointing North is easily visible, as well as the structure of the inner coma.

We also managed to image comet 12P/Pons-Brooks with our 250/f/4.5 astrograph, sporting a larger field of view, getting the image below.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, a larger view: 29 Jan. 2024.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, a larger view: 29 Jan. 2024.

This second picture comes from the sigma clipping combination of 15, 120-second unfiltered exposures, taken with the ARTEC250+Paramount ME+C3Pro61000EC robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy. A nice, faint tail is visible.

We will continue monitoring comet 12P/Pons-Brooks over the next weeks, as it approaches its perihelion, next 21 April.

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