New Periodic Comet 352P Skiff among 4 NGC Galaxies

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2 July 2017, 1016UT
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Comet P/2000 S1 Skiff was recovered on June 5 as P/2017 L1 and was recently named new Periodic Comet 352P Skiff. It will brighten to magnitude 16 in September before fading below magnitude 20 in early 2018. It will then return to Earth's night skies again in 2034. This collection of images was taken in morning twilight so to best show the comet and 4 NGC galaxies the image is a negative of the original. The comet has a tail to the upper right (SW) of the coma in this image.
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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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