Comet Machholz with the Schmidt

From Happy Jack, Az

Uploaded 12/14/04

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 The comet is now an easy naked eye object in Lepus, about 5th magnitude and brightening. I could see at least a degree of dust tail naked eye, and in the 11x80 binoculars the comet was lime green in color. Seen in this image is the dust tail pointing up which is rotating around for a position of 180 degrees from the blue ion tail on Christmas Day. The Blue Ion tail points to the left and goes off the frame. An unidentified blue object is to the lower right of the comets head.
Instrument: 8" f/1.5 Celestron Schmidt Camera Platform: Homemade GEM Film: Kodak Supra 400 CCD Autoguider: ST4 Exposure: 2x8mins Filters: NONE Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6800 ft. Sky: Seeing 10/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: -10 C Processing: Photoshop, PixInsight HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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