The aim of this service is to provide charts (using Guide 9.0) and suitable comparison stars
for relatively bright comets,
i.e. brighter than magnitude 10-11, to aid observers in making brightness estimates.
To avoid confusion with Flamsteed numbers we have underlined the magnitudes of all comparison stars.
Stars with B-V<1.0 were selected where possible; those with B-V>1.0 are given in italics, and should only
be used when no suitable alternatives are available.
The source of the comparison stars on these standard charts is primarily the Tycho-2 catalog, of which only VT-magnitudes
are used. When reporting data to the ICQ (International Comet Quarterly) the source code thus should be given as TK,
unless indicated otherwise.
We plan to issue new charts on a regular basis, if possible not later than 2 days before the date of first observation.
Occasionally we also issue special charts for fainter comets that are of particular interest.
Below magnitude 10-11 comparison stars usually are taken from a different source (such as APASS with ICQ code AQ,
ASAS-3 with ICQ code AU and TASS4 with ICQ code TA), because Tycho-2 is becoming very unreliable here.
It should be noted also that the ICQ advises against the use of Tycho-2 for comets fainter than magnitude 10.5.
So be sure to always check the proper code(s) given on the top right corner of the chart.
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Currently we have charts available for:
C/2013 US10 (Catalina) in preparation, available around 20/11.
C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)
C/2013 US10 (Catalina)
Chart 1 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 14 July - 20 July 2015
Chart 2 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 20 July - 28 July 2015
Chart 3 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 28 July - 7 August 2015
Chart 4 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 7 August - 20 August 2015
Chart 5 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 20 August - 30 August 2015
Chart 6 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 30 August - 11 September 2015
Chart 7 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 11 September - 28 September 2015
Chart 8 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 28 September - 23 October 2015
Chart 9 C/2013 US10 (Catalina) period 21 October - 21 oktober - 11 December 2015
C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS)
Chart 1 C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) period 30 October - 5 Nobember 2015
Chart 2 C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) period 5 Nobember - 12 November 2015
Chart 3 C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) period 12 Nobember - 19 November 2015
Chart 4 C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) period 19 Nobember - 28 November 2015