Comet 226P Pigott-Linear-Kowalski passing Comet C/2010 U3 Boattini

Photographer
Mike Olason
Email
moicylander@centurylink.net
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
27 February 2017, 0424UT
Equipment
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
Comet 226P passed Comet C/2010 U3 over the next few days after these images were taken. Both comets were moving east and both comets were magnitude 18. The big image is a mosaic of 2 images. The insets attempt to show the comets a little better than the bigger image. The comets were 3/4 of a degree apart in this image.
CATEGORIES
Meteor, Comet & Asteroid Pictures, Online Gallery
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. 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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