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Further follow-up of 174P/Echeclus

24 Jun 2011, 15:25 UTC
Further follow-up of 174P/Echeclus
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Today we have been able to image again comet 174P/Echeclus with the 2-m Faulkes Telescope South to follow the recent bright phase of this interesting centaur.Stacking of eight R-filtered exposures, 60-sec each, obtained remotely, from the Haleakala-Faulkes Telescope South on 2011, June 24.5, through a 2.0-m f/10.0 Ritchey-Chretien + CCD, shows some evolution in the morphology of this comet: the parabolic coma previously reported, albeit present, is now much fainter, and shows its ADU counts very close to the sky background limit. No other details, except a nuclear condensation having an m2 close t R about 18.9, are currently visible in our images.Click on the image for a bigger versionFor more info about this object please see our previous posts:http://remanzacco.blogspot.com/2011/06/outburst-of-174pecheclus.html http://remanzacco.blogspot.com/2011/06/follow-up-of-174pecheclus-bright-phase.htmlby Nick Howes, Giovanni Sostero and Ernesto Guido

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