Faint Comet P/2015 M2 Panstarrs passing Barred Galaxy NGC 7300 and Spiral Galaxy NGC 7298

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/11/04 0224UT
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
19.5 magnitude comet P/2015 M2 Panstarrs passing 13.5 magnitude spiral barred galaxy NGC 7300 and 14 magnitude spiral galaxy NGC 7298. As usual, it is hard to bring out the spiral arms of the bright galaxies and still show the comet very well, so the inset shows 30 minutes in the life of the comet.
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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 "moicylander@centurylink.net".
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