Sunshine Coast Centre RASC

Home » comet » Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina

Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina

catalinaComet US10 Catalina was discovered on October 31st, 2013 during the routine Catalina Sky Survey sweeping the sky for comets and asteroids. Originally it was Mag 18 object but brightened considerably, last week it was at Mag 7.8 mag and visible in binoculars. While comets are notoriously hard to predict, Catalina is expected to fade rapidly now.
I imaged the comet on Feb 8th from Roberts Creek with a Megrez 120mm, Canon 60Da, it is a stack of 17 x 2 minute exposures at 1600 ISO with darks, flats and dark flats applied using Deep Sky Stacker. The comet was in Camelopardis at the time of the image at a DEC of about 74â—¦, just below Polaris. Time is running out to see Catalina, so grab the binoculars on the next clear night and look north!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: