PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
Location of photoHendersonville, TN
Date/Time of photoOctober 3, 2010
EquipmentTelescope: William Optics ZenithStar 66 @ f/4.7; Accessories: William Optics 0.8x reducer/flattener vII; Dew control by Dew Buster; Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G controlled by EQMOD guided Off-axis; Camera: QHY9-C one-shot color CCD @ -20.0C; Exposure: 45 x 2min. (1hr. 30min.)
DescriptionHere is comet Hartley 2 as it was traveling through the constellation Cassiopeia on the evening of October 3, 2010. It had brightened to magnitude 5.52 as it passed about 2 degrees from NGC 457, The Owl Cluster. This comet was discovered by Malcom Hartley in Australia on March 15, 1986 and has an orbital period of about 6.5 years.