Comet 226P Pigott-Linear-Kowalski and Open Cluster in Nebula NGC 1624

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/11/25 1058UT
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Magnitude 16 comet 226P is passing the open cluster NGC 1624 whose stars are embedded in a nebula. Due to the movement of the comet across Earth's skies the image is only 180 seconds. The inset shows 36 minutes in the life of the comet as it moves through the star field.
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Mike Olason

About Mike Olason

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. Unfortunately, the constant spraying of Chem Trails over Denver has turned the Denver Front Range into a cloudy dry desert. 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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