Comet Machholz 2004/Q2

Comet in Columba November 18th, 2004

Uploaded 11/21/04

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 Now just barely naked eye low in the south, this comet is coming in over the next few months and will make quite a sky show for observers in both hemispheres. The comet was seen easily in 11x80s as a huge round glow with hints of a fan tail. This short CCD image shows the tail, and a sharp stellar nucleus.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics 1200 QMD CCD Camera: SBIG ST8i NABG with Enhanced Cooling Guider: SBIG ST4 Exposure: L = 6x1m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing FWHM = 4.6 arcsec (Maxim DL - 1 min subframe), Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 0 C CCD Temperature: -20 C Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS


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