There have been several clear nights here, but I've been out of town or needing to get up early so I've not had a chance to really take advantage of the clear dark sky.
Tonight was particularly special because it was Ian, my 9 year old son's, first night observing at home with his telescope. He looked at M31, M57, Perseus Double cluster and Holmes 17P. he's struggling moving the scope in small increments as well as focusing when switching eyepieces, but we enjoyed observing together, and I'm sure as he learns how to control the scope a little more future observation sessions will be even more fun.
Over the past week or so I have been watching Holmes 17P naked eye and caught a binocular view or two.
Tonight I was hoping to capture an image of it. So I had a short observation session and managed to capture this image. The cluster in the image is Melotte 20 with the two largest brightest stars are Alpha Persei (Mirfak) and Delta Persei (Basel).
Comet Holmes 17P
Camera: Canon EOS 350 Digital Rebel XT (unmodified)
Lens: Quantaray 70-300 lens at 70mm and f/4
Mount: Orion Min-EQ Motorized
Special Settings: None
Exposure: 9 minutes 30 seconds - 19 @ 30 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
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