2002 V1 (NEAT)
I caught Comet 2002 V1
(Neat) at almost the last moment (February 7) before it disappeared into the
glare of the sun. These CCD frames were captured just after sunset, starting
with the comet only about 10 degrees above the western horizon and setting fast.
The next night I took a more complete series of frames but because of the
proximity ot the sun none were as good as this series. The breaks in the star
tracks are due to having to discard several frames.
Astro-Physics 130 EDFs at
f/4.5 with ST-10XME CCD camera at -15 °C
on the A-P 1200 GTO mount.
8 one minute R, G, and
B frames using SBIG filters in SBIG CFW-8 filter
Raw frames calibrated
and hot pixels removed in MaxIm 3.09. Stacked and RGB combined
with R=1.2, G=1.0, B=3 weighting.
Blue weighting was increased because of the heavy blue extinction
at the horizon. Stretched with
levels and curves in PhotoShop 7.0.
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