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Fading Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS


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About this observation
Peter Tickner
Time of observation
19/04/2020 - 21:35
Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS
Observing location
Urban Berkshire
ZWO ASI071 MC Pro CMOS camera
14inch LX200 SCT at f/10
EQ8 mount
OAG with Lodestar X2 Autoguider

The comet continues to fade, I found it very tricky to stack in my usual 60 second exposures, as it looks so hazy now, even around the coma of the two leading fragments.  This is the first time I have not been able to distinguish clearly between those fragments since the comet started to break apart.  Conditions didn't help with occasional wind gusts but even so after a four night gap since my last imaging opportunity the comet was visibly fainter again.


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