Comet 10P Tempel visually passing through the Lagoon Nebula M8

Photographer
Icylander2
Email
moicylander@centurylink.net
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
0128UT 11/02/2015
Equipment
6" SCT f/10, SBIG STF-8300M
Description
Comet 10P Tempel passing visually through the Lagoon Nebula M8. Imaged shortly after sunset due to the comets low altitude (11 degrees) in the southwest sky. 300 second image to expose the nebula and comet, but not smear the comet due to it's movement of 2 arc minutes per hour.
CATEGORIES
Astronomy Pictures: Sky & Telescope's Online Gallery, Meteor, Comet & Asteroid Pictures
Mike Olason

About Icylander2

I started imaging comets in 1994 with an ST-5 CCD Camera and an 11" SC Telescope. Since then the CCD cameras have changed (ST-7, ST-402ME and STF-8300M), but I am still using the 11" SC Telescope. Naturally I have used a lot of smaller telescopes to obtain larger fields of view. I live south of Denver at an elevation of 6150 feet which allows me to image comets down to about magnitude 20.5. My images are not pretty, they have only been dark subtracted, flat fielded, contrast/brightness adjusted and maybe a median filter to reduce the image noise. This is all done with the camera software CCDOps. The comet images reflect reality, not photographic artistry.
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