73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (component C)


Date (UT) n MM Mag Ref Aper Type f  x  dia DC taildg tailpa Observer
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060421.91 -             10    B   -  25  3      0.3    235   T Karhula
060421.92 -  B  7.5 TK   5    B   -   7  9  7   ---    ---   T Karhula
Comments: A beautiful sight, fan-like tail, situated 50' from Alpha Corona Borealis.
Also seen with 8x21 binoculars.  Good transparency.  This became my 100th observed
different comet!  Site:  Virsbo, Sweden.


Date (UT) n MM  Mag Ref Aper Type f  x  dia DC taildg tailpa Observer
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060422.94 -             10    B   -  25         0.4    235   T Karhula
060422.94 -  B  7.7 TK   5    B   -   7  8  7   ---    ---   T Karhula
Comments:  Also seen with 8x21 binoculars.  In the same FOV as component B.
Site:  Virsbo, Sweden.


Date (UT) n MM  Mag Ref Aper Type f  x  dia DC taildg tailpa Observer
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060503.92 -  B  6.3 TK   5    B   -  10  9  6   1.4    245   T Karhula
Comments:  73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann C was 6 magnitudes fainter than C/1996B2
(Hyakutake) when it was at the similar geocentric distance in the morning of
March 24 1996.  Twilight.  Site: Västerås, Sweden.


Date (UT) n MM  Mag Ref Aper Type f  x  dia DC taildg tailpa Observer
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060506.98 -              10   B   -  25     6   1.2    250   T Karhula
060506.99 -  B  6.4 TK   2.1  B   -   8  4                   T Karhula
Comments:  The pseudo-nucleus was of 9th magnitude as seen with 25x100 binoculars.
Twilight, solar elevation -13°.  Gibbous moon.  Site:  Virsbo, Sweden.


Date (UT) n MM  Mag Ref Aper Type f  x  dia DC taildg tailpa Observer
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060507.92 -  B  6.5 TK   5    B   -  18  6  6   0.8    250   T Karhula
Comments:  In the same field of view as the Ring nebula, M57, 1° to the W.
The tail pointed directly away from beta Lyrae.  This was the closest to Earth
and the last time that I saw the comet, 0.08763 AU.  Nautical twilight, solar
elevation -12°.  Gibbous moon.  Site: Virsbo, Sweden.