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Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS 15th-16th November


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About this observation
Peter Tickner
Time of observation
16/11/2020 - 00:00
Comet C/2020 M3 ATLAS
Observing location
Urban Berkshire
ZWO ASI071 MC Pro CMOS camera
Luminance/IR cut filter
14inch/356mm f/10 LX200 SCT
OAG with Lodestar X2 Autoguider
EQ8 mount

With a mid time of midnight, this is 60x60seconds of the comet stacked separately on stars and comet and then recombined.  The comet is now starting to move away from us but will be climbing higher in our skes for a while yet. It looks like the comet has gained a blue tail but in fact the blue light is simply light bleeding into the SCT from bright Bellatrix, which was just off screen to the lower left.    We are seeing the comet nearly head on at the moment so any tail is likely to be hidden by the coma.


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