Comet 343P Neat-Loneos passing 5 NGC Galaxies

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/11/04 0300UT
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Magnitude 18 comet 343P is moving through a field of five NGC galaxies of magnitudes 13 to 16. Note NGC 7396 has a dust lane running through the middle of it. The inset has been adjusted to show the comet better. As usual it is hard to bring out details in the brighter galaxies and still show the faint moving comet in the same image.
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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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