Comet Pojmanski 3/3/06

Comet in Aquilla

Uploaded 3/5/06

Altitude: 15 degrees Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Altitude: 10 degrees Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960

 The comet was the best yet on this morning, moving so swiftly against the background stars in only 5 minutes that the stars trailed as I tracked on the comets nucleus. About 4.5th magnitude, the comet is visually easy to see in binoculars and displays a 2 degree tail. Photographically, the object is truly spectacular. The bright green head is accompanied by a long electric blue plasma tail going off the 3 degree frame. This morning, beautiful streamers went down the tail, right to the very end.

The first image was taken in bright twilight but had the highest altitude and most detail.

This weekend was closest approach to the Earth, and the comet may dim significantly over the next few weeks to obscurity.

Processing: Raw images converted to 16bit Tif in Raw Shooter, then into Maxium DL for hot pixel removal. Next, the flat frame was divided out in Photoshop, curves applied, and color set.

Instrument: Stellarvue SV80S Refractor + Televue TRF2008 Coma Corr. Platform: Televue GEM Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO800 Exposure: 1 m subframes Filters: Standard IR Block Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 6/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 30F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, Maxim DL, PixInsight, Rawshooter Essentials HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS FastCounter by bCentral