Comet Holmes in Perseus | Abe Megahed

Abe Megahed
Location of photo
Madison, Wisconsin
Date/Time of photo
2:30 AM, October 25th
Wide Image: 12-24mm lens / Nikon D70 CloseUp Inset: Intes M503 5" Maksutov Cassegrain / Nikon D70
When I firt started searching for this comet, I couldn't figure it out. I saw no comet but there was this peculiar yellow planet like star that didn't seem to belong. So, I dragged out my scopes (a 5" Mak and an 8" SCT). The moment the "star" swept into the field of view, my jaw dropped. It is like an intensely bright fuzzy nucleus surrounded by a transparent yellow bubble. Truly amazing. I've never seen anything remotely like it. It looks sort of like the Eskimo Nebula in Gemini, but much bigger and much brighter.
All comments must follow the Sky & Telescope Terms of Use and will be moderated prior to posting. Please be civil in your comments. Sky & Telescope reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter’s username, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.