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Petr Horalek
Zahradne, Slovakia
04:00 am

Equipment Details:

Used Canon Ra, Tamron 70-200mm (set to 200mm), f2.8, ISO 800, 10x20s. Wide angle was taken with Sigma 50mm, f2.0, 15s.

Post-processing Details:

Stacked image of comet was registered to the foreground image.

Image Details:

Nowadays we can look for a brighter morning comet C/2023 P1 Nishimura, discovered on 12 August by Hideo Nishimura from Japan. As the comet gets closest to the Sun (which happens on 17th September), it is getting brighter and making the comet an easier target for nightscape photography. This morning, I was successful from Zahradne, Slovakia, where the comet appeared against the little bit cloudy sky. Its tail is so bright that even in the backyard telescope I could enjoy it in almost full field of view. In the wide-angle view, bright Venus (and surrounded by atmospheric corona) and Praesepe cluster over eastern Slovakia (with Zadňa Hura and Veľká hora hills in distance). Unfortunately, the comet is harder to observe any next morning, so I am truly happy I made it at least once to see this beauty!