C/2004 Q2 Machholz (Jan 03)

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About this Image

The comet Machholz Q2 after some turbulence in its tailat approx mag 4.1. The image is a 2-part mosaic. The lenght of the ion tail in this image measures approx. 2.4 degree.
north is up;

Below you find a 32 frame animation over 2 hours.

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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 03, 2005 19:30-21:30 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;