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Photographer:

Mike Olason

Email:

moicylander@centurylink.net

Location of Photo:

Denver, Colorado

Date/Time of photo:

23 April 2018, 0413UT

Equipment:

11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera

Description:

Comet 74P/Smirnova-Chernykh is approaching Galaxies M66 and NGC 3628. The galaxies are both about magnitude 10 and the comet is magnitude 16. On the nights of April 30, May 1 and May 2, 74P will pass through the center of M66. This image is a mosaic of 2 images. No special processing was used, just contrast/brightness adjustments to try to show the galaxies and the comet. So this image reflects reality, not special effects image processing.

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