Machholz with the Schmidt Camera
Instrument: 8" f/1.5 Celestron Schmidt Camera
Platform: Homemade GEM
Film: Kodak Supra 400
CCD Autoguider: ST4
Location: Happy Jack, Arizona
Elevation: 6800 ft.
Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 10/10
Outside Temperature: 5 C
HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS
GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS
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 !