Comet C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR)
After a nice northern hemisphere visibility in the fall of 2001 (which I missed due to a busy work schedule), the comet moved south and faded from view in mid-December. Unexpectedly, it experienced an outbust on January 27, 2002. In February, I had a chance to photograph this comet during a trip to South Africa and Namibia.|
Apart from the forked dust dail, the image also shows a very faint ion tail, which is better displayed in this histogram-equalized image.
|Instrument||:||Vixen R200SS 8" f/4 Newtonian with coma corrector|
|Mount||:||Vixen Super Polaris DX|
|Film||:||Kodak PJ400, hypered|
|Date||:||10 Feb. 2002, 02:34 - 02:49 UTC|
|Site||:||Cederberg Observatory, Western Cape Province, South Africa|