New comet Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto (C/2018 V1) is showing a little tail right at the end of the best time for observations of it. Not much time to shoot it, since it doesn’t rise out of the low-elevation muck until after astronomical twilight starts. Oh, well… I did my best. 28 subs is not too bad.
I was at my “dark” site shooting this. Could have gone better. I had equipment problems and other issues and wasted lots of time trying to get the mount calibrated. To top it off, my dead-end road spot was invaded by duck hunters arriving before dawn to hunt. I lost about 10 subs from their vehicle headlights.
Comet 38P along with comet 46P are both peaking this fall/winter. 38P will stay relatively dim, but at least it has a tail. This image of it was just a test of the Sony IMX224 on a half-decent comet.
I really wanted to shoot it with my DSLR and I was going to, but the weather changed abruptly Saturday night late and Sunday morning was clouded out. Heck, it even rained before sunrise. I had to tear down the rig before the comet was out with the fast change in weather. Darn the bad luck!
A beautiful moon at dawn and I just couldn’t resist grabbing some images of it. I had to piece this mosaic together, since the Rising Tech Sony IMX224 cam does not have a wide enough field of view to get the whole thing in one shot.
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