Comet 2P Encke in the Evening Twilight Sky

Photographer
Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2017/03/02 0155UT
Equipment
1" Refractor f/4 Finder Scope and ST-402ME CCD Camera
Description
This image shows Comet 2P Encke in the orange glow of evening twilight as it was getting ready to set in the west skies of Denver over the Rocky Mountains. The comet has a faint slender tail to the upper right of the comet coma in these images. The insets attempt to show the tail although it is hard to do in the twilight sky.
CATEGORIES
Astronomy Pictures: Sky & Telescope's Online Gallery, Meteor, Comet & Asteroid Pictures
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 almost magnitude 21 on a perfect night. Unfortunately ChemTrails have turned Denver cloudy and dry. I use the camera software CCDOps to process my images. All I do to each image is dark subtraction and flat field, stack images as required to show faint comets, contrast/bright adjust the final image and maybe use a median filter to reduce the image noise. The result is an image that reflects reality and will never win any picture of the day award. If you would like to use my images for a project or ask a question send me an email to "moicylander@centurylink.net".
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