Comet 103P/Hartley in Perseus


I wanted to follow the path of comet 103P/Hartley and, therefore, I took another image on October 10, 2010. This time, I mounted the small Panasonic DMC-TZ1 camera piggy back on the optical tube of my Meade Polaris EQ telescope (60mm refractor). I put a Meade 12mm illuminated reticle eyepiece in the focuser of the telescope and used it to guide the telescope on gamma perseus. I took 3 images with ISO 80, 60s exposure time (starry night mode), and a focal length of 52mm (350mm equivalent on 35 mm camera). After stacking the 3 images, I had to move the brightness up almost all the way in order to see the comet. But still, the comet is visible and I was able to capture it with an inexpensive point and shoot digital camera. So the comet had moved from Cassiopeia on October 7 to Perseus on October 10, 2010.

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