45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova & NGC3346
in the Evening sky
Feb 16, 2017

 Maybe one last stab at this comet, before it fades to obscurity on this apparition. With the first quarter moon in a few days, it became imperative to spend some time with this extremely dim object, now fainter than 16th magnitude and very diffuse. Highlighting this field is the gorgeous face in spiral NGC3346 in Leo, a 12.5 magnitude galaxy with some nice internal details.
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Lens: 10" f/3.9 Orion Astrograph + Baader MPCC Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 65m LRGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 5/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 50F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS