Category Archives: Comets

Comet Encke and Ome Pisces

Comet Encke and Ome Pisces on Feb 16, 2017 00:54 UT. 16×30 sec @ ISO 200, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

Not much to look at here.  Comet Encke was next to one of the brighter stars in Pisces and deep in the muck and haze of LP and poor transparency skies.   I was lucky to get even this much.

Here’s just the comet centered in a close crop that excludes the bright star:

Comet Encke. 16×30 sec @ ISO 200 plus 4×30 sec @ ISO 100, Televue TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

Comet 45p on Feb 10, 2017

Comet 45P, Feb 10, 2017, 09:54 UT. 52×60 sec @ ISO 800, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD. StarFreeze version.

Taken in bright moonlight and bad LP in the hours before dawn on Feb 10, 2017.   45P is so dim that it barely showed up in the sub-images.  I almost thought I was not in the right place.    Luckily, I kept the scope pointed at that spot and kept shooting images until daylight.

Comet 45P, Feb 10, 2017, 09:54 UT. 52×60 sec @ ISO 800, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD. Star-streaks version.

Comet Johnson Quick Peek

Comet Johnson on Feb 10, 2017, 08:46 UT. 14×60 sec @ ISO 400, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

I had time for just a quick peek at Comet Johnson before moving on to my main target, Comet 45P.   It was not at an optimum spot and ISO 400 maxed out at 60 sec exposures with all the LP and moonlight.   So, it was not very deep and has noise and low color.  But, at least I can see that not much has changed since the last time I shot it.   This is supposed to be the next photogenic comet, coming this summer to a sky right above you.   🙂

Comet Encke

Comet Encke, Jan 29, 2017. 14×60 sec @ ISO 200, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

Here’s Comet Encke on Jan 29, 2017.    I imaged it two years ago when it last came around.  On this night it was very low in a very bad LP zone  right above bright parking lot lights and street lights.   I’m surprised anything even registered.   As you can see, it was small and dim and almost, but not quite, swallowed up by the LP.  🙁

C/2015 V2 (Johnson)

Comet Johnson (C/2015 V2) on Jan 29, 2017, 10:27 UT. 40×60 sec @ ISO 800, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.
Comet Johnson (C/2015 V2) on Jan 29, 2017, 10:27 UT. 40×60 sec @ ISO 800, TV-85 at F/5.6, Canon T3, Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD.

Another Comet Johnson image.   It seems to be a bit brighter than last time, but not much bigger.   Eventually, it should get more photogenic as it gets closer to Earth and the Sun..