The comet was
the best yet on this morning, moving so swiftly against the background
stars in only 5 minutes that the stars trailed as I tracked on
the comets nucleus. About 4.5th magnitude, the comet is visually
easy to see in binoculars and displays a 2 degree tail. Photographically,
the object is truly spectacular. The bright green head is accompanied
by a long electric blue plasma tail going off the 3 degree frame.
This morning, beautiful streamers went down the tail, right to
the very end.
The first image was
taken in bright twilight but had the highest altitude and most
This weekend was closest
approach to the Earth, and the comet may dim significantly over
the next few weeks to obscurity.
Processing: Raw images
converted to 16bit Tif in Raw Shooter, then into Maxium DL for
hot pixel removal. Next, the flat frame was divided out in Photoshop,
curves applied, and color set.