9P/Tempel 1 Rendezvous with NGC 4779


May 12, 2005

 


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#12822 May 12, 2005

On July 4, the NASA Deep Impact probe will crash into periodic comet

9P/Tempel 1. Hopefully the impact will cause a dramatic increase in

brightness. Meanwhile, I have been imaging 9P as it slowly wends

its way through Virgo. On May 10th it was close to NGC 4779,

providing a nice photo op. Images and accompanying data at

home.att.net/~dpersyk/new.htm



NOAA weather radio reported an "upper level disturbance" over the

region. It sure disturbed the seeing! I had great difficulty

focusing and guiding in what seemed to be Pickering 1 skies. My

image scale of 5 arc seconds per pixel (2x2 binning at 530 mm focal

length) seemed to overcome the terrible seeing.



Thank you for visiting my site.



Clear skies,



Dennis Persyk

Igloo Observatory Home Page dpersyk.home.att.net

Hampshire, IL



New Images home.att.net/~dpersyk/new.htm



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