Comet Hartley 2 and the Pacman Nebula | Mike Broussard

Mike Broussard
Location of photo
Maurice, Louisiana, USA
Date/Time of photo
Oct 1st, 2nd, 2010,
Telescope: Televue TV-85 at F/5.6 (0.8x FR/FF) Camera: Hutech modified Canon XS Filter: IDAS-LPS Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD Processing: IRIS for stacking, stretching and initial color balance, Photoshop w/Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools, Gradient XTerminator and Neat Image for the final image.
Comet Hartley 2 (C/103P/Hartley) passes near the "Pacman" Nebula (NGC 281) on the night of Oct 1st/2nd, 2010. This image is over 7 hrs of exposure taken with an 85mm refractor and a DSLR. Processing almost 200 sub-images and assembling the final composite took about 2.5 days. Boy, am I glad that's over with. Whew! :)