Comet Machholz at 9th Magnitude

Comet in Ursa Major

Uploaded 4/29/05

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 There is still plenty of color in the now rapidly dimming comet, in a month it will be 10th magnitude. A broad fan tail points to about 9:00 in this image, and a slightly diffuse stellar nucleus is still visible. In 15 minutes there was some motion in the comet, as evidenced by the slight trailing of the stars in the background. The comet was carefully aligned in each subframe to stop all of the comets motion in this image.

Two 16th magnitude galaxies are on the left edge, and this rather star poor field is typical of Ursa Major. The comet was of course not naked eye, but was clearly seen in the 11x80s as a faint tailless smudge.

Instrument: 6" f/3.6 Schmidt Newtonian Platform: Televue GEM Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO1600 Exposure: 15x1m Filters: None Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 5 C Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, PixInsight, Maxim DL HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS FastCounter by bCentral