Comet P/67P  Churyumov - Gerasimenko 
in the Morning sky
November 20, 2015

 This 14th magnitude object, currently near its brightest is also the location of the Rosetta spacecraft and has been on my list of comets to shoot for a long time! An unexpected ray in the tail, which is composed of dust for the most part can be easily seen in this image, which spans some half a degree tall. Seeing was poor, but the sky was dark and transparent. The comet is in Leo, near M95 and rides low in the eastern sky at 3am this morning.
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Lens: 12.5" f/5 Home bult Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 1h L 6m RGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 3/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 26F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS