Comet C/2006 W3..........................................................................Page Updated 6th September 2009


23rd January 2009


 Visual observation made through the observatories 16” SCT. The comet was easy to see and using the  Sidgwick method, the coma is determined as magnitude +11.5 (Used star GSC 3202 1463)


 Degree of Condensation (DC) is 5

 Diameter 1.6'

 Comet Position ~ RA22h10m Dec. +39° 46'







 24th May 2009

 Below are three images showing the coma with an indication of a dust tail

 extending off towards the right. The comet is 3.36 au (312 million miles) distant

 and has a magnitude of +12.6 according to Guide8. Astrometrica calculates the

 nuclear magnitude as +13.1
 The comet is due perihelion on 9
th June 2009.









  19th June 2009

 Guide 8 Data: Magnitude 12.3 Distance 2.91 au.

























 21st September 2009

 Comet is an easy CCD target. Magnitude as determined by

 Guide 8 is 11.8 Distance 2.33 au.


 Note the faint galaxy to the right, LEDA 165839