Comet Machholz with the Schmidt Camera

Directly over Polaris

Uploaded 3/14/05

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 This field is so dense with stars, you might think it was taken in the Milkyway. However, the comet is located 5 degrees due south - straight up from the Pole star, Polaris. With our dark sky site at 7000 feet you can see the comet easily naked eye still, around 6.5 magnitude. Two tails are still in evidence. At the 11:00 position is the yellowish dust tail, about two degrees long here and spreading into a faint fan. On the right toward 2:00 is the gas ion tail, about 4 degrees long. The field is 4.5 x 6.5 degrees in size.

The comets emerald green coma is still very active, and still has more in store for astrophotographers and visual observers alike !

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 8/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: 5 C Processing: Photoshop,PixInsight HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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