of comets has always taken me places and moved my progress along
in a mostly forward fashion. This morning was a mess however!
After spending over an hour trying to get the computer to recognize
any of the CCD cameras and failing, I finally put the DSLR on
the 12.5" scope and took some quick frames. The sky was
already starting to turn blue as you can see from this shot,
as I had passed into a bit of twilight. But at least now Ill
be able to get the comet with the observatory instrument for
some deep shots as it heads out of the solar system.
This shot not only
shows the fan tail, but also the nearly solar pointing spike
that has been so predominant in this object. The image is tracked
on the comets very faint nuclear region, so the stars are slightly
trailed as the comet moved a small amount. The comet is going
to be leaving Cassiopeia soon and the moon is full in a few days.
Turns out the laptop
cant have a mouse at the same time as the CCD cameras. The track
pad fortunately works fine!