José J. Chambó
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February 10,2019 04:21 UT
Telescope GSO 8" N f/3.8. Camera Atik 383L+.
Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto on February 10th 2019 , three days after its perihelion and three days before ist maximum approaching to Earth. Its ionic tail is faintly visible toward West (to right) in this image, at same time is possible to see a dust tail toeard Southeast (to down-left) only during these days in which our planet cross the orbital plane of comet. The Iwamoto also reached those days its maximum brightness with a magnitude near 6.5 and a coma with angular size of 20'. The brightest star into field is Chi Leonis with magnitude 4.6.