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Eliot Herman
Tucson AZ
03:00 am

Equipment Details:

Each image was captured with a Vixen VSD 100 mm F3.8 astrograph lens, 50 x 20 sec with a Nikon Z7II @ iso 1600

Post-processing Details:

Astropixel Processor to stack and adjustments with Photoshop.

Image Details:

As Comet 2022 E3 ZTF moves beyond the plane of Earth's orbit the rarely seen anti-tail is fading. These images show the difference between January 25 (left) and 26 (right), 2023. The anti-tail is an illusion generated by the angle of the viewer, those of us on Earth, presented as the comet passes through the Earth's position on the plane of the ecliptic. The comet is a striking sight, just inside the naked eye magnitude now, through a telescope the head and tail are now visible and with photography even with a small backyard telescope it pops.

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