Comet Machholz 2004 Q2

Comet Machholz was stealing the show from Saturn as this holiday´s season most interesting object! Perfectly placed for northern observers, the comet was easily visible for the unaided eye passing near the Plejades (M45)Below you can find an extremely processed version of the image above where both the dust and the ion tail are barely discernable.These images were taken from our light-polluted garden.

GSO 80mm f/6 Achromat, Vixen Super Polaris Mount, 25mm TAL Plössl
Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera
7 x 60 sec
11th January 2005
Subtraction of dark-frame and stacking done manually in Photoshop

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