Comet Neat V1

Comet in Pisces

Uploaded 1/27/03

Field: 4.5x6.5 degrees
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This single frame was taken under nearly ideal conditions at high altitude geograhically, and under excellent seeing. The comet, now about 6.5 magnitude was in the middle of the zodiacal light, causing gradient problems across the frame. An emerald green coma followed by an electric arc blue ion tail spanning over 4 degrees. About one degree of tail was seen visually in the 9x60 binoculars, so I offset the head about half a degree downward in the field. It was quite a pleasant surprise to get a much longer tail than expected !

Instrument:  8 inch f/1.5 Schmidt Camera
Date:  1/24/03
Platform:  Homemade
Guider: Hand Guided
Exposure:  6 mins
Filters:  UV
Location:  Happy Jack, Arizona
Elevation:  6800 ft.
Sky:  Seeing 9/10, Transparency 10/10
Outside Temperature:  -10 C
Processing Tools:  Photoshop, SGBNR
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