Comet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova fading into Earth’s Night Sky

Photographer
Mike Olason
Email
moicylander@centurylink.net
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
16 May 2017, 0454UT
Equipment
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
Comet 45P has now faded below magnitude 19 as it has moved 155 million miles away from Earth. In this image the nucleus is very faint with a fan shaped coma below the nucleus. The tail is still visible below the coma as it fades into the sky glow of Denver's light pollution in this one hour of images. 45P will grace our night skies again in 5 years.
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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. Unfortunately, the constant spraying of Chem Trails over Denver has turned the Denver Front Range into a cloudy dry desert. 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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