Comet Shoemaker-Levy 118P
Faint Comet in Orion
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
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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.