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C/2020 F8 SWAN

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:

C/2020 F8 SWAN
C/2020 F8 SWAN – 2020 April 15, from 7:55:37 UTC to 8:35:26 UTC

Due to the light pollution I wasn’t able to capture its tail, though.

This image was made with 26 frames, 90 seconds each with a Canon SL1 stock, a Long Perng S400M-C 66mm f/6 refractor and a iOptron CEM25P. All frames were captured from 7:55:37 UTC to 8:35:26 UTC.

Also, I made a GIF with these 26 frames showing its movement:

C/2020 F8 SWAN GIF

Just one day later I registered C/2020 F8 SWAN again, with more time, hoping to capture his tail. Nothing yet:

C/2020 F8 SWAN
C/2020 F8 SWAN – 2020 April 16, from 7:32:05 UTC to 8:40:21 UTC

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:

Comet SWAN moving

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.

C/2020 F8 SWAN
C/2020 F8 SWAN – 2020 May 2nd, from 7:57:09 UTC to 8:48:06 UTC

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. 🙂

My images were published on Céu Profundo, on EXOSS and even on a Live from AstroNEOS!

All photos and gifs were made with my Long Perng S400M-C 66mm f/6 refractor , a Canon SL1 and my iOptron CEM25P.

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