C/2020 F8 SWAN is a comet discovered on images of the SWAN camera, aboard of the SOHO spacecraft. Although it was imaged for the first time by the SWAN camera, was Michael Matiazzo, in Australia who first noticed it.
This little guy started to gain brightness very fast, and as soon I knew about his existence, I mounted my telescope and pointed to him.
My first shot was made on April 15, and I was the second to register this comet on Brazil, as documented by REA here.
Here it is:
Due to the light pollution I wasn’t able to capture its tail, though.
Also, I made a GIF with these 26 frames showing its movement:
Just one day later I registered C/2020 F8 SWAN again, with more time, hoping to capture his tail. Nothing yet:
This time I used 40 frames of 90s each. A better result, but no tail yet. All frames were captured from 7:32:05 UTC to 8:40:21 UTC .
And, of course, a GIF:
Finally the tail
After April 16 my weather went bad. I was able to capture this guy again only on May 2nd.
This time, though, it was much brighter and I finally was able to capture its tail, although very damaged by the light pollution. My sky is a class bortle five to west and to de zenith, but is 7 or 8 to east.
Unfortunately this little guy started to dim after I shoted him on May 2, and I’ll probably never see him anymore.
It was good while it lasted. 🙂