Comet Johnson V2
in the Evening sky
May 20, 2017

 This bright 7th magnitude object in Bootes is near the zenith for most of the evening, and in a week the Earth will pass into its orbital plane. This image was taken with the wide field Stellarvue SV80 to hopefully capture the very faint gas tail. The comet was offset downward a bit to leave room for such a thing. A very weak gas tail is seen here pointing to the upper left coming from a teal colored core region. The dust tail is a brownish red color and is pointing to the lower left. We expect the dust tail to significantly be enhanced by the plane crossing and then the gas tail will be directly opposite of the dust one.
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Lens: Stellarvue SV80s f/6 - AKA "Zeiss APO" - with Televue .8x FR/CC Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 1h 10m LRGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 6/10, Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 45F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS