Comet Machholz Q2

On December 3rd

Bright Comet in the Evening Sky

Uploaded 12/4/04

Image in Red light to emphasize the dust component.

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Larson Sekanina filter applied to reveal jets in tail pointing upward.

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 Now in the southern sky just west of Lepus, this comet is becoming very bright fast. An easy naked eye object at 5.5 magnitude, the comet appears as mostly tailless in the finderscope. But photographically it is becoming much more interesting. This image was taken last night, and is in red light to enhance the dust component of the tail, which shows as a broad diffuse fan on the right side of the head. A few rays from the ion tail can be seen also faintly pointing upward. The lower image was filtered with the well known comet filter - the Larson-Sekanina filter to remove any circularly symmetrical brightness profiles, and leave the non symmetrical data - in this case the tail rays. (Astro Art has the LS filter)

Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: ST8i Water cooled Exposure: 10 mins Filters: R Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5100 ft. Sky: Seeing 5/10, Transparency 5/10 Outside Temperature: 0 C Processing: Photoshop CS, Maxim DL HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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