Another good night for imaging. I had great luck on the comet, but not much luck with a two nebula and only so, so with another.
I missed focus on the California Nebula. Salvaged what I could for this display image. It is on my list for a do over.
Still not enough time for M78. It needs 3 or more hours and with a comet around, it is not getting it until the comet is gone. lol
Last on the list is the Belt of Orion. I had a little more luck with this one than the others. It too could use more time, however.
Comet C/2022 E3 was where Earth was passing through the comet’s orbital plane and we got to see a strong anti-tail during the passage.
While waiting on the comet, I imaged a few nebula. None of them serious attempts.
Normally I avoid doing anything on Friday the 13th. lol. But, since astronomical time is Greenwich Mean Time, the 13th ended at 6:00PM CST, so I was good. Ha!
I imaged 3 objects this night. One was the object above, the Orion Nebula (and friends,) one was the Flaming Star Nebula and I shot about 2.5 hours of Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF.)
Equipment used was an Askar 180mm F.L., F/4.5 scope (40mm objective,) an Astronomic L-3 UV/IR filter and a QHY183c camera, and an Atlas EQ-G with EQMOD.
Here’s the Flaming Star. I missed the focus on this. I threw away several processing attempts before salvaging what I could for this display image. Oh, well… next time.
Next, after waiting till 2:30-3:00 AM, I took images of Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF). It is small and still kind of dim, but has a long, faint tail. I have two data sets with about an hour each of exposure.