Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Recovery of Comet 123P/West-Hartley

MPEC 2010-R111, issued 2010 Sept. 14, reports our recovery of comet 123P/West-Hartley. We found the comet on September 12, 2010 at magnitude 19.8. We imaged it from Malina River Observatory, Povoletto (B90) using a 0.25-m f/10 reflector + CCD.

We performed the second night of follow-up on September 13, 2010. In our stackings the comet appears shows a narrow tail about 15-arcsec long toward PA 267

Our recovery image (details on image):

Please click on the image for a bigger version.

Comet 123P/West-Hartley was last observed (before our recovery) on July 20, 2004 by Siding Spring Survey (E12).

by G. Sostero, E. Guido, L. Donato & V. Gonano

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