Comet Jacques C/2015 F4 
next to M27 - the Dumbell Nebula in Vulpecula
in the Evening sky
July 22, 2015

 This field is in a very rich portion of the Milky Way, and rides high about 9pm in July. The comet which is quite faint at around mag 11 sports a short stubby tail. This fast moving comet typifies how challenging it can be at times to image comets - faint, uncondensed and moving like crazy! Deep sky imagers wont touch comets usually, unless they are really bright. This field is around 3 degrees across and the planetary nebula is the oval large object to the lower right. The comet is to the upper left.
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Lens: Stellarvue SV80s with Ziess optics Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 30m RGB Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 60F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS