C/2004 Q2 Machholz (Jan 01)

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About this Image

The comet Machholz Q2 is heading north, now near its closest approach to the sun, shining at approx mag 4.1. The ion tail to the north-east still is faint but shows internal structure. Its lenght in this image measures 1.2 degree.

Below you find a 32 frame animation over approx. 2 hours.
north is up

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Technical Details


410mm Cassegrain in prime focus at f/3

Mount MK-100 GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -30C, internal filter wheel
Filters Astronomik LRGB
Date Jan 01, 2005 20:40-22:40 UT.
Location Wildon/Austria
Sky Conditions mag 5.5 sky, high transparency, temperature 0 C
Exposure L:R:G:B all 200 sec sub-exposures; 2x2 bin
Processing Image calibration in ImagesPlus;
processing, curves in Photoshop; animation in Imageready;