Comets 94P Russell and 130P McNaught-Hughes moving together across Earths Night Sky

Photographer
Mike Olason
Email
moicylander@centurylink.net
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
6 May 2017, 0723UT
Equipment
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
Comets 94P and 130P were both moving slightly north of west at about 30"/hour across Earths night sky which allowed showing both faint comets in this image. The comets were 1/3 degree apart in this image. The 81% illuminated Moon was 48 degrees to the west which shows as a white haze in the image.
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Astronomy Pictures: Sky & Telescope's Online Gallery, Meteor, Comet & Asteroid Pictures
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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