Comet C/2014 A4 SONEAR passing Edge-on Galaxy NGC 7814

Photographer
Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/01/15 0113UT
Equipment
11" SCT f/6 telescope and STF-8300M CCD camera
Description
16.8 magnitude comet C/2014 A4 SONEAR passing 3 arc minutes southwest of 11.6 magnitude Edge-on galaxy NGC 7814. The comet has a dust tail and the galaxy has an equatorial dust lane.
CATEGORIES
Meteor, Comet & Asteroid Pictures, Online Gallery
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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