Comet C/2016 T3 Panstarrs and 3 NGC Galaxies

Photographer
Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/12/01 0634UT
Equipment
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
Magnitude 18.5 comet C/2016 T3 Panstarrs is passing 3 magnitude 15 NGC galaxies. As usual, it is hard to bring out the detail in the galaxies and still show the faint moving comet very well in the same image. The inset has been adjusted to show the comet 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. 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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