Comet in extreme outburst
Lens: 12.5" f/5 Newtonian
Platform: Astrophysics AP1200
Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO400
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 6/10
Outside Temperature: 60F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR
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has never been a comet quite like this one. This image, taken
during the nearly full moon shows a comet exhibiting an explosive
outburst, normally at 17th magnitude which has jumped to 2.8
or so. Seen as a naked eye tawny star in Perseus, this fall splendor
was only a few arc minutes in diamter and resembled the appearance
of a planetary nebula with a strong leaden yellow coloration
in the longer exposures.
This image is
a stack of many exposures to keep the core from blowing out,
which happens on anything over about 5 seconds exposure. More
on this one comming!