Comet 2P Encke in the Evening Sky

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2017/02/21 0147UT
11" SC f/6.4 Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Comet 2P Encke is brightening in the west evening skies and is now about magnitude 10. Over the coming weeks it should brighten and become visible in binoculars as it gets lower to the horizon. Comet 2P does have a nice short tail unlike Comet 45P which unfortunately reappeared in the morning sky without the expected tail. The images show some of that Denver light pollution.
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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 almost magnitude 21 on a perfect night. Unfortunately ChemTrails have turned Denver cloudy and dry. I use the camera software CCDOps to process my images. All I do to each image is dark subtraction and flat field, stack images as required to show faint comets, contrast/bright adjust the final image and maybe use a median filter to reduce the image noise. The result is an image that reflects reality and will never win any picture of the day award. If you would like to use my images for a project or ask a question send me an email to "".
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