Comet 45/P Honda - Mrkos - Pajdusakova on 16.02.2017

  Size: 2000 px      
© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2016

45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková is a short-period comet discovered by Minoru Honda on December 3, 1948. The comet is named after Minoru Honda, Antonín Mrkos, and Ľudmila Pajdušáková. The comet has an elliptical orbit with a period of 5.25 years.The nucleus is estimated to be 0.5-1.6 kilometers in diameter. During the 2011 perihelion passage the comet was recovered on 5 June 2011 at apparent magnitude 21. The comet passed close to Earth on February 11, 2017. This image was taken on the night of February 16th 2017 . An image of the same comet during its previous perihelion passage can be seen here.

Image details:


Center of field RA 13:29:59 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE +32:54:21 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.92 x 1.29 (deg)
Pixel scale: 2.99 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -75.1 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: 16. Feb. 2017
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: R:1x3 min, G:1x3 min, B:1x3 min, Bin 2, Total Exposure Time - 9 min.
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
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