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45P/Honda-Markos-Pajdusakova with SLL

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Very happy to get a shot of comet 45P/Honda-Markos-Pajdusakova this evening. This is a multi-spectrum capture with SLL, MN190 f/5.3, SX-825 and RGB filters. 6x30s each RGB, sum stacked with linear and non-linear integrations and re-sized. Too bad I didn't position this a bit better to get more of the tail!
 
Arcsinh integration:

_45P_Honda_Mrkos_Pajdusakova_2016_12_30_

x^0.25 integration:

_45P_Honda_Mrkos_Pajdusakova_2016_12_30_

Linear:

_45P_Honda_Mrkos_Pajdusakova_2016_12_30_

 

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Regardless of the tail, those are really nice captures! Thank you for these!

There are articles about this 'New Years Comet'- as it's being called all over the astronomy-press. If you're interested, here's a link that will also link you to many others:

http://earthsky.org/todays-image/comet-45phonda-mrkos-pajdusakova-photos

Thank you again -

Dave

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Excellent shot of this comet Brandon! It must have been pretty low even in Tennessee? Here it is around 10 degrees at twilight and very close to the moon. I should have tried anyway but I was too intent on getting a look at the bright quasar CTA 102 and the Mars/Neptune conjunction.

Happy new year!

Martin

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Thanks for the comments!

Martin, it was indeed extremely low. By the time I finished this set and decided to try to reposition for more of the tail and/or mono captures then it was too low. It looks like it my be even better positioned in the morning later in January.

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Lovely captures Brandon, nice detail and colour. You're producing some of the best EAA images out there at the moment IMO, keep posting!

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Very nice capture. If the sky ever clears here I hope to get a look for myself.

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Thanks to Brandon's post in another forum, I tried a capture of this comet last night at the VIS on Mauna Kea.  The object is very low in the western sky (< 10 degrees) and was in the direction of parked cars for the VIS.  The car lights were quite disruptive, but I was still able to get something.  Attached is the result.  Thanks to Paul for the incredible SLL s/w.

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Very nice capture Don, the tail is an interesting orange/brown colour.

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