Comet Swan

Bright comet in Aquilla

Uploaded 12/31/05

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This fading comet is now visible briefly above the trees in the west from our observatory in Payson. In the 15 minutes or so before it goes into the pine trees, I obtained this image revealing that the comet still has a substantial green color in the head, and a dusty gas tail as well. The comets magnitude was near 7.5, and was faintly visible in the 80mm binoculars as a round glow.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics 1200 QMD CCD Camera: SBIG 10XME NABG with Enhanced Water Cooling Guider: Exposure: RGB = 6:6:6 RGB Combine Ratio: 1: 1.05: 1.11 Filters: AstroDon RGB Tricolor Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing FWHM = 8 arcsec (Maxim DL - 10min subframe), Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 35 F CCD Temperature: -30 C Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Gralaks Sigma, Photoshop, PixInsight, Starizona Debloomer. HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS


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