Comet Synder - Murakami

May 3, 2002

Uploaded 5/8//02

Located high in the late evening, this 11th magnitude comet reveals a rapid motion in the sky in the 10 minutes of exposure here and a faint tail extending to the upper left going the width of the 9 arcmin tall field. As faint as this comet is, it still has a Cyanogen green coma indicating ongoing gas activity. This image was processed with DDP to show the core and faint tail much as the eye sees this object in a low power ocular.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
Platform:  Astrophysics 1200 QMD
CCD Camera:  SBIG ST7E w/Enhanced Cooling
Exposure:  LRGB = 10m:5m:5m:5m 
Filters:  RGB Tricolor
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing FMHW = 3.5 arcsec, Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature:  10 C
CCD Temperature:  -25 C
Processing:  Maxim DL, Photoshop




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