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Binocular comet ZTF - 11.2.2023 at 19.00 - 11.2.2023 at 19.40 Kangasala, Sahalahti Observation number 112019

Visibility II / V

The February sky, brighter than yesterday, darkened on Saturday. I changed the f2 lens to the camera so that the ZTF with its tails could be seen better. Seeing was quite good, but the comet was on 11.2. too close to the planet Mars. It did not stand out with the naked eye in the glare of Mars, which also made image processing difficult.
With the DSS program, the tail did appear, but ZTF seems to be slowly fading.
On the left side of the image is the star cluster NGC 1746.
The observation was cheered up by a barn owl hooting in the nearby forest. A sign of spring when the owls start hooting.

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Additional information
  • Observation target
    • Comet
  • Visibility of the comet
    • Binocular comet
  • Name of the observation target
    • C/2022 E3 (ZTF)
  • Brightness in magnitudes
    • 5.5
  • Weather
    • Hyvin kirkas taivas, läpinäkyvyys keskinkertaista parempi. Hiukan pakkasutua. Rajamagnitudi 5.

Technical information

Pentax K-5 135/2 17x25 pp. ISO3200 + Eq5. DSS+PS12.

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