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Abe Megahed

Location of Photo:

Madison, Wisconsin

Date/Time of photo:

2:30 AM, October 25th


Wide Image: 12-24mm lens / Nikon D70 CloseUp Inset: Intes M503 5" Maksutov Cassegrain / Nikon D70


When I firt started searching for this comet, I couldn't figure it out. I saw no comet but there was this peculiar yellow planet like star that didn't seem to belong. So, I dragged out my scopes (a 5" Mak and an 8" SCT). The moment the "star" swept into the field of view, my jaw dropped. It is like an intensely bright fuzzy nucleus surrounded by a transparent yellow bubble. Truly amazing. I've never seen anything remotely like it. It looks sort of like the Eskimo Nebula in Gemini, but much bigger and much brighter.




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