This will only appeal to those of you who are following the astronomy aspects of this site – but I just had to share that after a lot of persistence, trial and error, I finally (and unmistakably) found Comet 41P/T-G-K. It’s even showing up green, as it’s supposed to, due to ionized carbon gas.
This is actually a fairly short exposure, a stack of 20 frames at 10 seconds each, taken tonight (April 4) in an area of pretty significant light pollution. The trick was then letting the computer to do some automatic color correction, and then… voila! It jumps right out, in the lower-right third of the frame. Bright star at top is Alpha Draconis.
So obviously I’m still learning – finding it really hard to get the right combination of magnification, shutter speed (even 10 seconds blurs when I’m in too close). And telling how well I’m focused through just a (big, but still) Nikon zoom lens with so little light is really hard… but learning is part of the fun.
There are reasons (like the comet is still Mag 8.5 instead of predicted 6, and the Moon is now bright to boot), but this was HARD, people! I feel very satisfied though, even though this comet isn’t much more than a fuzzball. =)
Get Out There!