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Jun 1, 2018

Confirmation Images of the COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)

On 2018 05 25 Henry Weiland an observer with ATLAS-MLO(Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System ---Mauna Loa) reported a possible comet to the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.  This possible comet was reported using the observer-assigned temporary designation "A1072Wf".  It was posted to the Possible Comet Confirmation Page(PCCP) and came to the attention of observer around the world. On 2018-05-26 I woke up, check iTelescope.net and saw that their facility in Siding Spring Observatory, AU was open. So had T30 started an imaging run of  60 - 60-second luminance BIN2 images and went out to eat breakfast. I got back made four stacks of 5 so can work around "stars that were in the way." I submitted my observations, as more observations came in and as the morning change to the afternoon, I saw my observations had poor residuals, so I did imaging run of  60 - 60-second luminance BIN2 images on T27.

A confirmation image of COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
[was the PCCP(Possible Comet Confirmation Page)object A1072Wf] on 2018-05-26
from Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 5 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T30 TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
[was the PCCP(Possible Comet Confirmation Page)object A1072Wf] on 2018-05-26
from Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 5 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T30 TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
[was the PCCP(Possible Comet Confirmation Page)object A1072Wf] on 2018-05-26
from Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 5 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T30 TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
[was the PCCP(Possible Comet Confirmation Page)object A1072Wf] on 2018-05-26
from Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 5 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T30 TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
[was the PCCP(Possible Comet Confirmation Page)object A1072Wf] on 2018-05-26
from Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 5 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T27 TEL 0.70-m f/6.6 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
[was the PCCP(Possible Comet Confirmation Page)object A1072Wf] on 2018-05-26
from Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 5 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T27 TEL 0.70-m f/6.6 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
[was the PCCP(Possible Comet Confirmation Page)object A1072Wf] on 2018-05-26
from Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 5 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T27 TEL 0.70-m f/6.6 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
[was the PCCP(Possible Comet Confirmation Page)object A1072Wf] on 2018-05-26
from Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 5 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's
(T27 TEL 0.70-m f/6.6 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley




 Background
(as of 2018-05-31)

  • Object: COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland) 
  • Orbit Type: Halley-type Comet
  • First(Precovery) observation was made on: 2017 11 06.24388
  • First(Precovery) observation was made by:  Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala (MPC Code F51)
  • Discovery observation was made on: 2018 05 25.54194
  • Discovery observation was made by : ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa  (MPC Code T08)
  • The Discovery M.P.E.C.: MPEC 2018-K117: COMET C/2018 K1 (Weiland)
  • Last Observation (publish): 2018 05 30.34974  (from Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak - Spacewatch  (MPC Code 691) ) 
  • Data-Arc Span (publish):  205 days 
  • Number of Optical Observations(published):  91
  • Observatories reporting (published) observations(MPC Code): 
    • (349) Ageo, Japan. 
    • (372) Geisei, Japan. 
    • (691) Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak - Spacewatch, US/Arizona. 
    • (E23) Arcadia, Australia/NSW. 
    • (F51) Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala, US/Hawaii 
    • (H06) iTelescope Observatory, Mayhill, US/New Mexico 
    • (H47) Vicksburg, US/Mississippi. 
    • (I47) Pierre Auger Observatory, Malarg├╝e, Argentina. 
    • (I52) Steward Observatory, Mt. Lemmon Station US/Arizona. 
    • (Q62) iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring, Australia/NSW.
    • (T08) ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, US/Hawaii.
    • (W88) Slooh.com Chile Observatory, La Dehesa, Chile. 
    • (W96) CAO, San Pedro de Atacama (since 2013), Chile. 
    • (Y00) SONEAR Observatory, Oliveira, Brazil. 
  • Perihelion Distance 1.879151252869776 (AU) 
  • Aphelion Distance:  57.90074646767503 (AU) 
  • Earth MOID (Earth center to NEO center): 0.886103 AU (( 344.846 LD)), (20,806.64 Earth radii) or miles 82,368,419.687 ( 132,559,122.013 ( KM))[If the Earth was the size of a basketball this would be 8,210.36 Feet( 2,502.52 Meters)]

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