Comet Jacques  C/2014 E2
Flies over IC1396
August 30th, 2014

 A big night for comet Jacques, superimposed on the faint red nebula IC1396 in Cepheus. The brilliant orange star Mu Cephi is just over the comets shoulder here too.

Transparency suffered tonight from incoming high clouds, however during the exposure it was not too bad.

Three versions of the one hours worth of 5 minute subs are shown here combined differently as explained below.

Standard star aligned shot, with the other 11 comet layers median combined on top using lighten in PS. The result is a still comet on a starry background. The tail is hard to see in front of the large red nebula! Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Comet aligned in a normal tracked Comet image. The stars are trailed by the amount the comet moved in one hour. the comet is still and shows the two tails here. Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Median combined shot dims and trails the stars to show the comets full tail extent. A thin gas tail points downward here, and the dust fan to the left. Select an image size for a larger view: 1290 x 960
Lens: Canon 100mm L lens - Canon Xti was used at ASA800 Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 Exposure: 60mins Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 58F Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS