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Comet 13P/Olbers

Comet 13P/Olbers is a periodic comet in a highly elliptical orbit which brings it into the inner solar system every 69 years. This shot shows nothing special, but other photographers with larger equipment and better skies have gotten nice shots of a long ion tail disturbed a great deal by the irregular and stronger solar wind from the active sun.

For this shot, the comet was low on the northwestern horizon in the light and air pollution of LA. It was so low that I could not shoot it with my observatory telescope, so I had to resort to using a telephoto lens on a portable mount.

Photo info
  • Date/Time: 4 July 2024 ~2100 PDT
  • Location: Vanishing Point Observatory
  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Exposure: 12 x 30 sec. @ ISO 1600
  • Lens/Scope: Nikon 300mm @ f/2.8
  • Filter: --
  • Mount: Skywatcher Star Adventurer GTi
  • Guiding: none
  • Image Processing: Deep Sky Stacker / Lightroom