New Periodic Comet P/2017 K3 Gasparovic

Photographer
Mike Olason
Email
moicylander@centurylink.net
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2 June 2017, 0724UT
Equipment
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Description
New periodic comet P/2017 K3 Gasparovic is at perihelion today, 121 Million miles from Earth. It was discovered on 22 May 2017 and is about magnitude 19 in this image. It will fade to magnitude 20 by November and will return back to Earth's night sky again in about 12 years.
CATEGORIES
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. 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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