7.5 magnitude comet in Hercules
Lens: 8" f/4 Orion Astrograph Newtonian + Baader Coma Corr.
Platform: Homemade GEM
Location: Hapyy Jack, Arizona
Elevation: 6800 ft.
Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 7/10
Outside Temperature: 42F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2
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comet has remained bright, and now sports a dual forked tail.
The upper one is blue and is the Ion tail, the lower fan is mostly
dust and some coma gasses. The head is quite greenish from Cyanogen,
and has a nice stellar nuclear condensation. Visually, I could
only see a round wisp in the 11 x 80 binoculars and little more
with the 8 inch when I centered it visually. (These days thats
about the only time I ever actually look through a telescope!)
This comet may be around for a few more months, but will be getting
way too close to the western sky line soon. I think this may
be the last good shot I get.|