Comet 343P Neat-Loneos passing 5 NGC Galaxies

Photographer
Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/11/04 0300UT
Equipment
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
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 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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