Comet C/2020F3 (NEOWISE) on 6.08.2020 between the globular cluster M 53 and open cluster NGC 5053

© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2020


Size: 1800 px
C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit. It was discovered on March 27, 2020 by the NEOWISE space telescope. It passed perihelion at 0.29 AU (43 million km) from the Sun on July 3, 2020. When the comet entered the field of view of SOHO LASCO C3 on 22 June 2020 the comet had brightened to magnitude 3. This image is taken on August 6th. 2020 between 21.25 and 22.55 LT (19.25 and 20.25 UT). The comet was visibly between the globular cluster Messier 53 and the open cluster NGC 5053.


Image details:

Center of field RA 13:14:27 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE +18:01:05 (deg:m:s)
Size 76.6 x 51.1 (arcmin)
Pixel scale: 2.6 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 338 degrees E of N


Optic(s): 12" ASA Astrograph at F/3.6
Mount: ASA DDM85 Standard
Camera: SBIG STL 11000 M
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astronomik filters
Dates/Times: 6.Aug. 2020
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: ;L:5x1min, R:5x1 min, G:5x1 min, B:5x1 min; Bin 2,Total exp.time: 20 min
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2020. All Rights Reserved
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