The Comet 29P Schwassmann-Wachmann; 2013-06-28T10:51:45.613; which had an outburst on approximately the 13th June 2013 continues to evolve and now, after a 5 day break of cloud, is appearing quite different from the 22nd when I last photographed it. The image below shows how broad and diffuse the “tail” has become, and how point-like the nucleus is now as opposed to the broader and brighter nucleus it was on the 15th shortly after outburst.
I was in Pickering Brook for lunch on the weekend and with nice weather took a bit of a detour on the way home to see what photo opportunities there were. This struck me as an almost perfect jigsaw picture.
Yesterday evening I had some fun wandering along the Swan River with my camera. I haven’t been to this spot before, but first impressions are that I’ll be back soon. A nice peaceful spot not too far from home with reasonably nice scenery.
Last night I was inspired to take a photo of comet 117P after seeing some recent messages on the ASV comet list regarding it. Days earlier I had looked for available comets to photograph and missed this one.
I was surprised by the length of 117P’s tail. The comet is relatively faint (around magnitude 14 I believe) yet the tail is quite elongated. While it’s not something probably worth “writing home about” it’s also not a sure bet to get a visible tail on a magnitude 14 comet. Not from my experience anyhow.