Comet 41P on April 22, 2017, 05:28 UT

Comet 41P on Apr 22, 2017, 05:28 UT. 23×300 sec @ ISO 1600, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, TV-85 at F/5.6.

Comet 41P was the main target I was after for my imaging session on the night of Friday/Saturday, April 21/22, 2017.    It has gotten further away from Earth and is therefore smaller, but it is still relatively bright.   I wanted to get it before it gets any smaller and dimmer.

It is still in the northern skies and circumpolar and thus visible all night.  I still had to wait for it to get high enough and out of the combined LP domes of Abbeville and Lafayette, LA to the northeast.    Transparency was only so-so this night and the LP was really noticeable.  Very humid, too.   Temps were in the lower 70’s/high 60’s during the night, so the camera was on the warm side.  The seeing was pretty good this night, however.

I shot 2 dozen images (about 2hrs worth) and only had to throw away one.  My mount got stuck again while tracking and I had to shake it loose.  The image that was finished right afterwards was no good due to that.  I think the overhaul of my mount is long overdue.    Another project that I really need to get done.   lol

Comet 41P on Apr 22, 2017, 05:28 UT. 23×300 sec @ ISO 1600, IDAS-LPS, Canon T3, TV-85 at F/5.6. Star-Streaks version.

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