C/2021 A1 (Leonard) 2021-Dec-03 Chris Schur

Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard and Globular Cluster M3
in the morning sky
December 3, 2021


This event was something that comet imagers yearn for - A close encounter of a deep sky object with a bright comet. Not only is the event challenging to capture and process, it offers an opportunity to directly compare two deep space objects in the same field. The comet is currently around 8th magnitude and racing towards the eastern horizon into the Suns glare. Few days left to get a clear shot of this stellar wind puff.

Lens: Stellarvue SV80s @f/4.4 - with Televue .8x FR/CC
Platform: Astrophysics AP1200
Exposure: 81m RGB
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 5/10, Transparency 6/10
Outside Temperature: 45F
Processing Tools: Maxim DL, Photoshop CS2, PI

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