Comet Machholz

Comet in Lepus

Uploaded 12/13/04

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 There is about one comet per 2 years that reaches naked eye brightness on the average. This year, we will get a great view in the coming month of what has been called the Christmas Comet of 2004. I am presenting two images here, taken with the 10D on the robotic barn door tracker of the comet as seen Friday night. The upper image was taken at 28mm f/3.5 and the lower, 100mm f/5.6. Both exposures are 10 minutes in duration. The comet is the only green object in both pictures, the coma emitting the Swan bands strongly.

The 10D is turning out to be absolutely ideal for comet photography. It has the exact spectral response to capture the greens and blues, excellent light sensitivity at ASA 800 and 1600, and very little noise.

Instrument: 28mm -135mm IS Platform: Robotic Barn Door Mount Camera: Canon 10D Exposure: 10m Filters: UV Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 0 C Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, PixInsight HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS


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