Comet Swan

Updated: 11.12.06

Comet Swan surprised many and became a naked eye object during the latter part of October. This shot was taken on the 30th, which unfortunately, was after the tail started to lose definition. There does appear to be a flare off to the upper left side of the coma, with some tail detail in the region just below. This image was taken at a campground in Pennsylvania.

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Image info:

10" Homebuilt Newtonian

Starlight Express SXV-M25 one-shot ccd camera

64x0.5 (total of 32mins)

f/3 with Keller Corrector

Stacked (w/SD) and color conversion in Maxim and tweaks in PS (no flats)) - RGB image

guided with the Tak Sky90 and SX guide head


Pine Hill Campground, PA