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Comet ZTF Speeding through Auriga

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Auriga made the comet a much easier target on the nights of February 6-8. On the 6th, the comet was speeding through the "Kids" asterism in Auriga and passed close to Iota Aurigae on the 8th:

I was shooting through the plane of the galaxy (looking toward outer space), hence, the especially starry backdrop.
Equipment Nikon D3200/127mm Mak at prime focus - ISO Hi, single 10s exposure



Same setup, ISO 3200, single 20s exposure, two nights later...



Clear skies!

Reggie ☄️

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I was clouded out the night the comet was closest to Mars on the 10th but I was able to get an image two nights later, as it was placed roughly midway between Mars and Aldebaran:


It had dimmed considerably,  approaching 7th magnitude, and was barely visible through my binoculars and 6-in reflector. It's heading for the Hyades over the next few days and should make for a nice image.

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