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C/2020 F8 (SWAN) and Algol


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About this observation
Nick James
Time of observation
20/05/2020 - 01:54
C/2020 F8 (SWAN)
Observing location
Chelmsford, UK
EOS550D + Canon 200mm, f/2.8L

Widefield view of C/2020 F8 (SWAN) this Morning (May 20) from Chelmsford (latitude 51.7N). The bright star top left is Algol in Perseus. The field is just under 7 degrees across. The comet is now high enough here that it can be seen in a relatively dark sky. I could see it, just, in 8x40 binoculars. I get a magnitude of 7.9 from the green channel of this image but visual observers are seeing it around mag 6 or so. It is definately not the impressive spectacle that we had hoped for. The inset shows the same frames stacked on the comet's motion. It has a field of view of 0.7 deg.

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