Comet Hartley 103P Fading comet in Monoceros

Uploaded 2/113/11

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 The last glowing ember of this periodic comet can be seen in the very center of this image. Now at 11th magnitude in the dense star fields of Monoceros, the formerly stunning emerald comet has now faded to a dull tawny glow, with very little tail seen here. This was a long exposure, the scope panned 30 degrees across the sky for this image, and the comet moved against the starry background. Here, this image is tracked on the comets nucleus with the countless multi hued stars whizzing by. Good bye old friend - see you next time!
Lens: 12.5" f/5 Home bult Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 2h RGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 40F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS