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Thursday, October 09, 2014


Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) and the Butterfly Nebula (M6) on October 8, 2014

Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) approaching the Butterfly Cluster (M6), stack of 9x 30 second luminance images (summed in ImageJ) with iTelescope (Q62) T12 0.1m f/5.0 Astrograph SBIG STL-11000M, North top. Click to embiggen, seriously, it is so worth it. Crop of central region showing the edge of M6 and the comet more clearly. Click to embiggen

While I was busy taking images of the Lunar Eclipse, the remote telescope iTelescope T12 was silently collecting images of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) as the eclipse faded. Pity the clouds came over, I ended up with only 9 of the 20 planed images, and no colour frames (sad face). Nonetheless, the results are pretty stunning.

It is an amazing piece of sky, with added comet. Here's an animation.

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Nice pictures and video
Splendid part of the sky.
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