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Abhijit Patil
Killington, VT
11:00 pm

Equipment Details:

Gear -
Skywatcher EQ6R-Pro mount
Orion ED80T CF scope
Nikon D750 Unmodded at crop sensor image area
Astronomik CLS filter

Post-processing Details:

50 frames - 120sec, ISO1600, 570mm
Stacked in DSS for stars and comet and merged in PS. Edited in PS.

Image Details:

The first comet I have ever seen or captured with a camera or naked eye. It was thrilling to see it and take a photo of it in my camera. All things learnt in school are coming to life with this hobby. Comet Atlas Y4 was discovered in Dec 2019. It is at a distance of approx 72 million miles from Earth at its closest approach. The nucleus of the comet is 10km in diameter while the gases around it spread a few miles across. The comet is visible in the night sky in the North direction and can be seen through small telescopes. It is expected to brighten in the coming weeks. It should be visible to the naked eye from dark sky sites.