Comet 315P Loneos and several Irregular Shaped Galaxies

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
02 March 2017, 0852UT
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Magnitude 15.7 Comet 315P Loneos is passing through a field of magnitude 13-15 irregular shaped galaxies. The comet has a fan shaped tail below the coma. The inset attempts to show the comet a little better.
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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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