Comet in Leo
Instrument: Stellarvue SV80S Refractor
w/.8x TR2008 Field Flattener, EFR = 80mm f/4.74 @ 379mm FL
Platform: Televue GEM
Camera: Canon 10D @ ISO800
Filters: Standard IR Block
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature: 40F
Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Raw Shooter Premium
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Now a bright 5th
magnitude low in the eastern sky before sunrise, Comet Swan sports
an emerald green head, and a colorless gas tail over three degrees
in length. Best time for viewing is just after 5am local time.
In this image, you can just see the tail starting to split in
two, and the tail consists of a narrow bifurcated jet.
NGC4062, a nearly edge
on 12th magnitude galaxy can be seen faintly to the lower right
of the comets head.