PhotographerJosé J. Chambó
Location of photoMayhill, New Mexico
Date/Time of photoFeb 19, 2017 @ 07:16 UT
EquipmentTakahashi FSQ-106ED 530mm f/5 & SBIG STL-11000M
DescriptionComet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova sails on the dark sky again, away from the Moon, rides the constellation Canes Venatici, at its right side the Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631) seems ascend in the field. A little more up float the Hockey Stick Galaxy (NGC 4656), an exotic irregular galaxy. The comet still shows a big coma with intense green color, at same time that deploys a dust tail toward west (downwards).