Comet P/2015 TP200 LINEAR near Peak Brightness

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
27 February 2017, 0550UT
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Magnitude 17 Comet P/2015 TP200 LINEAR was at Perihelion in October 2016 in its 20 year orbit. It reached peak brightness as seen from Earth in early 2017. In these images it has a faint broad tail below the coma. The top inset shows a negative image of the comet and the bottom inset is a single 600 second 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 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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