Comet 15P/Finlay meets Mars


12" ASA - LRGB

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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2014
Comet P15/ Finlay is a periodic comet discovered by William Henry Finlay (Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa) on September 26, 1886. The comet outburst on 16 December 2014 from magnitude 11 to magnitude 9 becoming bright enough to be seen in common binoculars. This image shows the comet P15 on Christmas Eve (December 24th at 16:40 UT) when it was at about 6 ' from the planet Mars.

Image details:


Center of field RA 21:12:13 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -17:26:31 (deg:m:s)
Size 71.4 x 54.1 (arcmin)
Pixel scale: 1.8 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -161 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): ASA 12" Astrograph @ f/3.6 (Newton)
Mount: ASA DDM85 Standard
Camera: SBIG STL 11000 M
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astronomik filters
Dates/Times: 24. 12. 2014
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L:1x1 min; R:1x1 min, G:1x1 min, B:1x1 min Bin 2, Total Exposure Time - 4 min
More details: Dark frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013. All Rights Reserved
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