Comet Hartley 103P Periodic comet heading inbound

Uploaded 9/18/10

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 This comet now in Pegasus will brighten significantly over the next few months. Now at 10th magnitude, the comet exhibits a lovely green color, and a possible fan tail may be forming. This image was taken with a bright 75% moon in the sky, however it was in a darker part of the sky so the shot came out well. The star images are trailed because of the comets movement had to be tracked in the final image. This comet will be greatly accelerating as it whizzes 11 million miles from earth soon, making imaging quite a challenge.

Stay tuned for more shots in the next month of this celestial visitor!

Lens: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 3x 5m = 15mins Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 60F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS