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COMET C/2014 E2 JACQUES Meets the OPEN CLUSTER NGC 609 23 / 08 / 2014This is my first attempt at a Comet. After having various issues with stacking and a rogue stretched star as a result of a stacking error. I can finally feel proud after relentless hours spent at stacking and re-stacking this image. I feel proud I managed to process this Comet as well as it looks. I think there is a hint of a tail at the 3 O'clock position but who knows... The bonus is the comet is above an Open Cluster NGC 609 which adds more interest. Conditions were good and if I had set-up the Mount better I may have managed longer subs. There is a hint of star trails due to wind and tracking issues.16 x 30 secs Light Frames30 x 30 secs Dark FramesISO 800Skywatcher 200P 8" 1000mm ReflectorEQ5Canon 1100D ModdedBaader MKIII MPCC + Hutech IDAS LPS-D1 FilterHI-RES IMAGE:
My first comet captured, Comet 2014 c2 Jacques The shot was completed using my 200p and an 1100D DSLR. The images taken were 12x300secs 4 darks, 11 flats. They were stacked in DSS and then finally processed in PSS. The photo was taken from my Light polluted backgarden with the aid of a CLS filter. I tried a 30 sec photo and from this you can tell its a comet but I found the results disappointing. However, I expect 30 sec shot may have been substantially improved though by taking as many as 100 or more and then stacking. As the scope was guided on a nearby star, the photo actually shows the distance travelled against the stars from our perspective rather than showing a tail. I could not actually find any comet tail but it does show a nice coma. The comet was at the time around 10.68 magnitude according to Stellarium. At the bottom the photo looks a bit dirty but its actually part of the Soul Nebula. Any helpful tips would be most appreciated. Ian