Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2)
In the past comets brought with them connotations of doom and
gloom. Witnessing a comet in the night sky could very well be one
of the scariest things a person might see up there in the
heavens. Nowadays, given sufficient distance from the Earth, comets
elicit a distinctly different reaction. People gaze at them in wonder
from even bright city skies- and amateur astronomers enjoy the change
in pace from their usual astronomical vistas. This comet, Machholz (C/2004 Q2),
is now rounding the Sun and will be journeying to the outer part of the
solar system soon. On its way, people in the northern hemisphere can
catch a glimpse of it during the subsequent months.
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76mm Televue (480mm f/6.3 refractor)
SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel
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