Comet Lulin Superimposed on The Gegenschein Comet with Solar System dust

Uploaded 2/28/09

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 There are not too many photos around of much of anything superimposed on this faint solar system glow, however a particularly transparent night (with horrible seeing) made for the perfect opportunity to capture this once in a life time event. In this image, which was photographed in portrait mode to pick up the trees at the bottom, we can see the constellation of Leo above center, with golden Saturn just below its hind quarters. The comet is the green object in the center displaying its amazing anti tail. Cutting nearly horizontally through the frame is the zodiacal band right through Saturn and Regulus. In the center of the image under the comet is the Gegenschein, the exact anti solar point. The comet was in opposition at this time obviously as well. This ultra rare encounter of both comet and the zodiacal band in opposition is one to cherish for years to come!
Lens: Canon 17 - 40 mm L at f/5 Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 (Piggyback on 12.5") Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 5m Filters: UV Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 4/10, Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 40F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Maxim DSLR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS