Comet Shoemaker-Levy 118P Faint Comet in Orion

Uploaded 1/10/10

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 This 14th magnitude object is slowly moving amongst the stars in northern Orion, very near the star Lambda Orionis. Visually, I was not able to view the comet in a 16mm nagler eyepiece, however Megastar always puts the comets in the right place, so I knew the object would be in the image. A quick 1 minute exposure revealed a dim glow at the expected position, and this longer one hour integration tracked on the comets nucleus reveals not only a slight greenish coloration, but a fan tail pointing northward (up) in this image.

The comet is currently 1 AU from Earth, and 2 AU from the sun.

Lens: 12.5" f/5 Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 12x5m = 60 minutes Camera: Hutech Canon XTi Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 40F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS