Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Comet 73P-C / Schwassmann-Wachmann

I took these photos early in the morning on the last night of the South Jersey Astronomy Club's Spring Star Party (4/29/06). For two hours I took these photos 10 minutes apart, with exposures of five minutes each. Unfortunately, the last five of these 12 photos are out of focus, no doubt due to the dew heater twisting the focus. I had taken four 5-minute focused exposures an hour earlier and so put them at the beginning of the "movie" to compensate for "loss of footage." This explains the slight difference in framing and the jump in the comet's position, which I labeled and set a longer pause. See also individual shots of this comet under the Solar System Photos link.


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