C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) 2020-Jul-07 Chris Schur

The Comet has doubled its length this morning, rising around 3:50 am. The tail came up first, and I was able to lock onto the horizon early enough to get this shot in. This is with the 6 inch f/3.6 schmidt Newtonian and reveals what appears to be a more symmetrical tail. The comet was about 4 degrees long visually in the binoculars. Finally, I grabbed the Star Analyzer diffraction grating and took a look at the nucleus. I was pretty sure I was able to see a yellow sodium band, thus the yellow color explained.

Lens: Meade Cometracker 6" f/3/6 Schmidt Newtonian with MPCC coma corrector
Platform: Meade LDX5
Camera: Canon XTI
Exposure: 10 seconds
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 4/10, Transparency 4/10
Outside Temperature: 65F
Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2

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