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Comet C/2009 P1 Garradd

Just like comet Hartley 2, I found this very faint (magnitude 8.3) comet C/2009 P1 Garrad using PRECISE GOTO on my Celestron NexStar 5SE with the exact coordinates of C/2009 P1 Garrad at that time, according to Carinasoft Voyager 4.5 software.

You can see the UTC date and time in this picture. I took a few dozen frames using my Meade DSI II pro ccd camera attached to my Celestron NexStar 5SE telescope. I was standing in front of our house in Zeist, the Netherlands, which is terribly light polluted. Finding a comet of magnitude 8.3 is pushing the limits of what can be seen in this area, so I was glad I could find it quite easily with my NexStar auto two star aligned to Vega and Altair. It was a beautiful night and the moon wasn’t up yet.

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  1. […] frustration (when the object you’re hunting for doesn’t show up) and success, when that faint object appears in the middle of your eyepiece, even in impossibly light polluted areas such as Utrecht, the […]

  2. […] from frame to frame. It all depends on the orbital parameters (ephemeris) of the comet, of course. Here you can see how I took a few photos of comet C/2009 P1 Garrad where the comet moves relative to the […]

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