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Observation by Nik Szymanek: Comet C/2020 NEOWISE

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Nik Szymanek

Observer

Nik Szymanek

Observed

2020 Jul 15 - 01:17

Uploaded

2020 Jul 15 - 12:25

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Constellation

Lynx

Field centre

RA: 07h39m
Dec: +48°12'
Position angle: +75°22'

Field size

3°39' × 2°24'

Equipment
  • Canon 5D MkII
  • Pentax 75mm refractor f/7
  • AstroTrac TT320 star tracker
Exposure

90secs x 5

Location

Boxted, Essex.

Target name

Comet C/2020 NEOWISE

Title

Comet C/2020 NEOWISE

About this image

Comet NEOWISE taken through thin clouds on 15th July. Processed quite strongly in an attempt to show the ion tail and striations in the dust tail.

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James Dawson
James Dawson, 2020 Jul 15 - 12:57 UTC

Nik, it's good to see you comment about the difficulties in processing this comet, makes us mortals feel less incompetent! You've got the ion tail nicely. It seems to me we should process two versions of the comet, one to show the core, and a second process to show the tail detail.  Great work.

Nik Szymanek
Nik Szymanek, 2020 Jul 16 - 09:15 UTC

Thanks James! Yep...you never stop learning the image processing and that's what makes it interesting! There are some incredible images of this comet online that show a huge ion tail and a really long striated dust tail. The comet is in my darkest part of the sky but it's hard work to see these features! Hmmphhh....