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Friday, October 20

Comet M4 Swan and other images

Thanks to Robin's post last weekend, I managed to get a glimpse of Comet M4 Swan as it was winging it's way towards the north-east horizon.

The following image is a composite stack of 10 x 30second images at ISO1600 taken with 6" f/5 achromatic refractor and Canon 300D:



The tail was not visible with binoculars or through the 150mm refractor, but does start to show on this relatively short exposure. Pushing the image shows it up slightly more:


Some other images I was able to capture last weekend with the clear skies were...

M45 (Pleiades)

M27 (Dumbell Nebula)

Fingers crossed for the Orionids this weekend.

3 comments:

  1. Great pictures Jerry. Is comet Swan still visible? I had a look for it last night but couldn't find it, maybe looking in the wrong place.

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  2. Chris

    it's still visible according to Heavens Above, but moving towards Hercules. I haven't had a chance to look since last weekend.

    I did see a nice Orionid this morning as I was getting in the car!

    Jerry

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  3. Yes I looked in totally the wrong place! Too keen to try out my new 15x70 binoculars to check the map before I went out. A learning point there. I did get some fantastic deep sky views through the new binos. More on that at our October meeting.

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