252P/LINEAR 2016-Apr-02 Chris Schur

Lens: Meade 622 Cometracker Astrograph with Baader MPCC coma corrector
Platform: Astrophysics AP1200
Camera: SBIG ST10XME
Exposure: 39m
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 4/10, Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature: 30F
Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2

This comet passed very close to the Earth a week ago, and now is in a moon free sky in Serpens. I was just able to glimpse this object naked eye, putting its magnitude near 6 or so. The very faint fan tail points to the left here, but is very tenuous. I used the six inch Astrograph because this comet is so huge, the field of the 10" would have been too close! A very rich star field and deep cyan color highlights this image. An interesting feature of this comet is that the blue image was brighter than the green one.

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