Comet 2P Encke in the Evening Sky

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2017/02/21 0147UT
11" SC f/6.4 Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Comet 2P Encke is brightening in the west evening skies and is now about magnitude 10. Over the coming weeks it should brighten and become visible in binoculars as it gets lower to the horizon. Comet 2P does have a nice short tail unlike Comet 45P which unfortunately reappeared in the morning sky without the expected tail. The images show some of that Denver light pollution.
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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. 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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