Comet C/2011 KP36 Spacewatch
in the Evening sky
October 20, 2016  8 - 9pm

 This 14th magnitude object is low in Cetus in the early evening sky, and is currently one of the brightest decent comets to image this month. Ive made the image lighter to show the unsuual tail and coma appearance. There appears to be an elongated coma going east/west and a short tail like structure pointing right in this image.

There are hordes of faint galaxies in this image! The second panel shows an over lay of Cartes du Ciel mapping program for this field, nearly all galaxies here are fainter than 15th magnitude, with the faintest here plotted such as PGC1063550 to the comets lower left is 18.6th magnitude. But many more fainter groups of galaxies can be seen in the large image, fainter than 19th magnitude.

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Lens: 10" f/3.9 Orion Astrograph Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 1h 15m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 52F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS