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Comet C/2022 U2 ATLAS vs floodlights and poor transparency


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I'm not expecting an APOD for this image, but thought I'd post anyway as I was pleased to get anything given the conditions :) .

Consulting Heavens-above.com I realised that Comet C/2022 U2 ATLAS would be near an easily-recognisable asterism in Camelopardalis on Tuesday evening. However, looking out at 7pm I found that the local football club had their floodlights on for an evening match. Though the ground is only 50 yards away I decided to press on anyway and set up the 12" Newt. It was only when the lights went out at 10pm that I could see that the sky transparency was also rather poor.

Here's the result, composed of  just 11 x 1-minute exposures at ISO 1600, taken while the football lights were on (as later the comet was no longer visible from my observing position).

Regards, Mike.

U2 ATLAS 300mm d.jpg

Edited by mcrowle
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