Comet 41P / Tuttle-Giacombini-Kresak
in the Evening sky
April 13, 2017

 While the sky was a bit hazy last night when I took this image around 8:30pm, the comet - now at perihelion put on a fine showing. After many months of having no visible tail or appendage, the comet now exhibits several details of note. First, the narrow fan within the coma that points towards about 5:00 position is becoming much more visible now. Second, there is a broad cloud-like extension to the head on the comets lower right. The comet is currently in Draco near the head and was seen without any difficulty in the 9x63 binoculars but the two stars that bracket this comet here made a naked eye sighting problematic!

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Field here is about 1 degree
Lens: 10" f/3.9 Orion Astrograph with Baader MPCC coma corrector Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Camera: SBIG ST10XME Exposure: 60m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 6/10, Transparency 4/10 Outside Temperature: 45F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS