Comet Holmes/California Nebula Encounter March 6th, 2008

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 There can be no more spectacular sky sight than when two very different objects pass very close to one another, and reveal their contrasting details. On this night, the now 6th magnitude giant comet passed over parts of the California Nebula, NGC1499 in Perseus. The view visually was of two low surface brightness objects in the same binocular field sweeping past one another against a brilliant winter Milkyway field.

Note that the outer halo of this comet is very distinct from the inner core, and the very dim non stellar nucleus can just be seen off center in the coma.

Two adjacent series of images were taken of this field, since the SV80s did not have enough field with the DSLR to cover this pair. The panorama you see here is the combined result of all 12 frames.

Lens: Stellarvue SV80s at f/4.8 Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 (Piggyback on 12.5") Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 12 x 5m Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 5/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 30F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS