Comet Lulin | James Maxwell

James Maxwell
Location of photo
Caldera Rim Observatory, NM
Date/Time of photo
Feb. 27, 2009, 11:53AM to Feb. 28, 2009, 1:23AM MST
10" F/4 Schmidt Newtonian (Meade) with Baader Coma Corrector. 5" Guidescope with autoguider. Losmany G-11 Mount. Color Astro 400D (Canon Rebel)cooled DSLR. Photograph taken at Minus 10 to Minus 12C and at 8300 ft. elevation. Dark and Flat frames applied. Processed in Nebulosity and Photobrush.
Two views of Comet Lulin, after passing by Regulus, one tracking with the comet, the other tracking with the stars. Total exposure time is 70 minutes, a composite of 60 second exposures. Two small spiral galaxies can be seen near the front of the comet tail, with additional galaxies in the upper left hand corner.