Comet 41P inside the
Bowl of the Big Dipper
Instrument: Sigma 118-200 f/3.5 f lens
Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 piggy back on 10"
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800
Exposure: 1h 45m
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 7/10
Outside Temperature: 35F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR
does a bright comet (Mv=9) pass right through the bowl of the
Big Dipper in Ursa Major. After a close pass to the Owl nebula
a few days before, the comet went on through and continues to
inspire with its huge teal colored coma and sharp central condensation.
This shot is with the Canon Xti mounted on the back of the 10
inch with a sigma lens set for 50mm to capture the proper framing
of the bowl stars and one handle star. The orientation of this
shot is the standard N-S on the frames edges.|