Max Travagini, Luca Donato, Giovanni Sostero & Ernesto Guido
Thu, 08 Nov 2012 22:56 CST
Cbet nr. 3290
, issued on 2012, November 08, announces the discovery of a new comet (discovery magnitude 19.0) by the LINEAR
survey on images obtained with the 1.0-m f/2.15 reflector + CCD on November 05.08. The new comet has been designated C/2012 V2 (LINEAR)
We performed some follow-up measurements of this object, while it was still on the neocp. Stacking of eleven unfiltered exposures, 120-sec each, obtained at the Remanzacco Observatory (Udine) on 2012, Nov. 7.8, through a 0.45-m, f/4.4 reflector + CCD, shows that this object is a comet: compact coma about 10" in diameter.
Our confirmation image:
© Remanzacco Observatory
(including prediscovery observations from the MASTER-II Observatory, Blagoveshchensk, Russia, on Oct. 30) assigns the following preliminary parabolic orbital elements to comet C/2012 V2: T 2013 Aug. 18.22; e= 1.0; Peri. = 217.77; q = 1.44 AU; Incl.= 67.43.