Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner

Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner has been discovered in 1900 by Michael Giacobini for the first time. Its another approach has been missed, and in 1913 it was discovered again by Ernst Zinner. Comet solid core has diameter about 2km, and the period is 6.5 years. 2018 year approach is very convenient for northern hemisphere observers, and it may become pretty bright – may reach 6-7mag. On September, 10th comet will reach perihelion. At its maximum brightness comet will be available for binocular observations, but probably will be too dim to glimpse it with naked eye only. Dark sky is very recommended for visual attempts. Over all its 2018 year journey comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner will travel across many interesting objects  in Cassiopeia, Auriga, Gemini and Monoceros. I have caught the comet on August, 17th in the Cassiopeia, when it was (apparently) close to Heart and Soul nebulae:

21P Giacobini Zinner next to Heart and Soul
21P Giacobini Zinner next to Heart and Soul

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At the maps below you can follow the comet path in the August and September. Maps were generated using Cartes du Ciel software. You can also see the comet position at page. 

Comet 21P path in August
Comet 21P path in August
Comet 21P path in September
Comet 21P path in September

Clear skies!

Image technical data:

Date: August, 17 2018
Location: Odargowo, Poland
Telescope: Samyang 135/2 @ f/2.8
Corrector: none
Camera: QHY163M, gain 100
Mount: iOptron SmartEQ Pro
Guiding: 50mm guidescope + ASI290MM
Exposure: LRGBHO 40:40:30:30 x 30 seconds, 15:15 x 120 seconds
Conditions: transparency good

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