Comet c/2001 Q4 (NEAT)


Mark Stronge
  Slieve Croob, County Down
Photo Title
Comet c/2001 Q4 (NEAT)
Date and Time taken
2323hrs GMT 18th May 2004
Equipment used
Orion ED80mm, Vixen GP mount, Vibration isolation pads
Capturing device used
Canon 300D Digital Rebel
Technical details
ISO1600, 30second exposure, 10 frames stacked in Registax with final processing in Paint Shop Pro

I took this image from Slieve Croob. The skies were quite clear with the Beehive cluster naked eye visible. Coma Berenices was visible as a large open cluster. Limiting Magnitude was around 5.5 and I estimated that the comet was around Mag5 coming very near to the limit of naked eye visibility. Unfortunately, the wind was very strong, around 30mph, so I could not take very long exposures without blurring. Still, after some heavy processing in Paint Shop Pro, you can see the nucleus, coma, a bright dust tail and a faint dust tail stretching out horizontally.



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